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Barabanki police puts Mukhtar Ansari’s under arrest in ambulance case

Barabanki (UP), Jun 14 (PTI) A Barabanki court on Monday remanded mafia don-turned-BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari to judicial custody in a case of alleged forgery and cheating in the registration of a bulletproof ambulance used to ferry him between courts and jail in Punjab. Barabanki Chief Judicial Magistrate Kamalapati remanded Ansari to 14-day judicial custody after the local police put the Mau MLA under arrest in the ambulance case and produced him in the court through video conference from Banda Jail. After having been brought from the Ropar jail in Punjab recently, Ansari was lodged in the Banda jail as an undertrial in a slew of criminal cases. While remanding him to his judicial custody, Barabanki CJM said the accused would continue to remain in the Banda jail. Appearing for Ansari, his counsel Randhir Singh objected to his client’s arrest in the Ambulance case, saying he had nothing to do with the registration of the ambulance with the Barabanki Regional Transport Office. Singh said the entire case was based on the statement of a co-accused, Dr Alka Rai of Mau's Shyam Sanjeevani Hospital, and there is no evidence against his client. The court, however, remanded Ansari to judicial custody till June 28, relying upon the FIR lodged by the Barabanki police on a complaint by the local RTO official. The case against Ansari was registered after it was found that a bulletproof ambulance with a Barabanki number was used to ferry him from Ropar jail to a Mohali court near Chandigarh in an extortion case. The ambulance was registered in the name of Dr Rai of Mau’s hospital, the police found during the probe, and Dr Rai had told police that Ansari and his aides, Mujahid and Rajnath Yadav, had forced her to sign some documents on the pretext of getting an ambulance transferred in the name of the hospital. She had also accused Ansari and his aides of preparing her forged voter identity card to get the ambulance registered wigth the RTO, the FIR read, which named Ansari, his aides and Dr Rai as accused in the case. PTI CORR SAB.

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Barabanki police puts Mukhtar Ansari’s under arrest in ambulance case

Barabanki (UP), Jun 14 (PTI) A Barabanki court on Monday remanded mafia don-turned-BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari to judicial custody in a case of alleged forgery and cheating in the registration of a bulletproof ambulance used to ferry him between courts and jail in Punjab. Barabanki Chief Judicial Magistrate Kamalapati remanded Ansari to 14-day judicial custody after the local police put the Mau MLA under arrest in the ambulance case and produced him in the court through video conference from Banda Jail. After having been brought from the Ropar jail in Punjab recently, Ansari was lodged in the Banda jail as an undertrial in a slew of criminal cases. While remanding him to his judicial custody, Barabanki CJM said the accused would continue to remain in the Banda jail. Appearing for Ansari, his counsel Randhir Singh objected to his client’s arrest in the Ambulance case, saying he had nothing to do with the registration of the ambulance with the Barabanki Regional Transport Office. Singh said the entire case was based on the statement of a co-accused, Dr Alka Rai of Mau's Shyam Sanjeevani Hospital, and there is no evidence against his client. The court, however, remanded Ansari to judicial custody till June 28, relying upon the FIR lodged by the Barabanki police on a complaint by the local RTO official. The case against Ansari was registered after it was found that a bulletproof ambulance with a Barabanki number was used to ferry him from Ropar jail to a Mohali court near Chandigarh in an extortion case. The ambulance was registered in the name of Dr Rai of Mau’s hospital, the police found during the probe, and Dr Rai had told police that Ansari and his aides, Mujahid and Rajnath Yadav, had forced her to sign some documents on the pretext of getting an ambulance transferred in the name of the hospital. She had also accused Ansari and his aides of preparing her forged voter identity card to get the ambulance registered wigth the RTO, the FIR read, which named Ansari, his aides and Dr Rai as accused in the case. PTI CORR SAB.

Charity Chess: Entrepreneur Kamath admits taking "help" to beat Anand, apologises

Chennai, Jun 14 (PTI) An online charity chess event featuring former world champion Viswanathan Anand and several celebrities has run into controversy after a young entrepreneur Nikhil Kamath faced flak for resorting to unfair means in order to beat the Indian legend. Nikhil Kamath, co-founder of Zerodha, a stock brokerage company and True Beacon, an asset management company, apologised on Twitter and admitted that he took help from chess analysts and computers during the event on Sunday. Responding to Kamath's tweet, Anand said on Twitter: "Yesterday was a celebrity simul for people to raise money. It was a fun experience upholding the ethics of the game.I just played the position on the board and expected the same from everyone." Kamath apologised for his misdemeanour and said he had help from people analysing the game and computers. "...…. It is ridiculous that so many are thinking that I really beat Vishy in a chess game, that is almost like me waking up and winning a 100mt race with Usain Bolt. I had help from the people analyzing the game, computers and the graciousness of Anand sir himself to treat the game as a learning experience. This was for fun and charity. In hindsight, it was quite silly as I didn't realise all the confusion that can get caused due to this. Apologies," Kamath tweeted. Kamath's misdemeanour overshadowed the noble cause and Twitter saw several users slam the entrepreneur. Meanwhile, All India Chess Federation Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan said it was unfortunate that such an incident happened during a charity event. "It is really unfortunate. He (Nikhil Kamath) is a big celebrity. He should not have done that. This is really bad. For the noble cause, we are helping people and such things shouldn't happen," he told PTI. "He is not a regular player nor our member and we don't have jurisdiction," Chauhan said when asked if any action was possible against Kamath. The event - Checkmate Covid, was organised by Chess.com India (chess.com is a global online chess community) with NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation. It saw various celebrities including Indian cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal and actor Aamir Khan among others taking on Anand in simultaneous games on Sunday evening to raise money for families affected during the coronavirus pandemic. Chess.com said more than Rs 10 lakh was raised from the event and thanked the participants for making it a success. PTI SS .

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Kolkata ex-mayor visits senior TMC leader's home, fuels speculation over move

Kolkata, Jun 14 (PTI) Fuelling speculation of his next political move, ex-mayor of Kolkata Sovon Chatterjee on Monday made a courtesy visit to the residence of his former Trinamool Congress colleague Partha Chatterjee on Monday evening, a day after the senior state minister lost his mother. Sovon Chatterjee, who had joined the BJP only to leave it before assembly polls, reached the house of the TMC secretary general in the evening and expressed his condolences. He was accompanied by his friend Baisakhi Banerjee. The minister's 91-year-old mother died on Sunday. "It was a courtesy visit. I don't have the mentality to discuss politics with someone whose mother expired just yesterday," Sovon Chatterjee told reporters later. Asked if there was any possibility of his returning to TMC, he said it is not the place or time to discuss such issues. Baisakhi Banerjee, however, thanked TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for standing by Sovon Chatterjee after he was arrested by the CBI in connection with the Narada sting operation case along with three other leaders. "This shows that Didi's love remains the same for us. Personal ties go beyond politics," she added. Senior ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, TMC MLA Madan Mitra and Sovon Chatterjee were arrested in the case last month. They are now out on bail. Several TMC leaders who had joined the BJP have indicated willingness to return to the Mamata Banerjee-led party after it swept the election. TMC turncoat Rajib Banerjee also visited Partha Chatterjee's residence. Mukul Roy, the saffron partys national vice- president, has already come back to the TMC even after winning. PTI SUS NN..

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Kerala planning revised strategy for lockdown following decline in COVID cases:CM

Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 14 (PTI) Kerala is planning a revised strategy for lockdown considering the sharp decline in the number of COVID-19 cases, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Monday and cautioned against any lowering of guard. The CM also said the state government is trying to complete the vaccinations depending upon the supply of the COVID vaccine from the central government. "However, according to experts, it can take months or years to achieve disease control through herd immunity, no matter how hard we try. There is also the presence of the widespread delta variant of the virus.In view of all this, we should work together and shouldn't force another lockdown upon the state," Vijayan said. He said the state has reported a 20 per cent decline in cases last week. Noting that a 10 per cent decrease in the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was also reported during this same period, Vijayan said the government is planning a revised strategy for lockdown based on the declining TPR. . "The rate of the COVID spread is declining in the state. The average TPR for the last three days is 12.7 per cent.Except Thiruvananthapuram, Palakkad and Malappuram districts, all other districts have a TPR of less than 15 per cent and for Alappuzha and Kozhikode districts, it is below 10 per cent," the chief minister told reporters here. He said even though there is a decline in the TPR as a whole, when it comes to local bodies, the picture is not so rosy. "There are 14 local bodies with a TPR higher than 35 per cent, 37 with a TPR between 28-35 per cent and 127 in the 21-28 per cent TPR range.The spread of the disease has come down due to the lockdown, as intended. The lockdown strategy will be changed in the coming days.". Vijayan said instead of implementing the same restrictions and testing methods across the state, it is planned to impose different levels of curbs according to the intensity of the spread of the disease. "The local self-governing bodies will be categorised according to the extent of the disease spread and preventive measures will be taken accordingly.The details will be decided later after further consultations," he said. He said 7,719 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state today from 68,573 sample tests. At the same time, 161 deaths were confirmed as caused by the disease, taking the toll to 11,342.PTI TGB BN BALA..

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Rhea Chakraborty on Sushant Singh Rajput's death anniversary: This void cannot be filled

Mumbai, Jun 14 (PTI) Remembering Sushant Singh Rajput on his first death anniversary, actor and his former girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty said she is yet to come to terms with the Bollywood star's passing.

Rajput, 34, was found dead at his apartment in suburban Bandra on June 14, 2020.

Chakraborty, who was accused of abetting the late actor's suicide and misappropriating his wealth by Rajput's family, shared an emotional note on Instagram on Monday.

"There isn't a moment where I believe that you aren't here anymore. They said that time heals everything but you were my time and my everything. I know that you are my guardian angel now - watching me with your telescope from the moon and protecting me," Chakraborty, 28, wrote alongside her photo with Rajput, a science nerd who had a deep interest in astronomy.

"There is no life without you, you took the meaning of it with you. This void cannot be filled.. Without you, I'm standing still.." she added.

The actor further said she experiences a "barrage of emotions" every time she realises Rajput's absence.

"I wait for you everyday to come pick me up, I look for you everywhere – I know you're here with me... I miss you, my best friend, my man, my love..."

After a case of alleged abetment of suicide was registered against Chakraborty by Rajput's kin, a parallel probe into alleged drug procurement by her also began on the basis of her WhatsApp chats.

Starting with Mumbai Police, Enforcement Directorate (ED), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) were brought in to investigate various angles in the actor's death.

Last year, Chakraborty, known for films like "Mere Dad Ki Maruti" and "Jalebi", spent 28 days in jail here in a drugs case related to Rajput's death.

Chakraborty, who was subjected to an intense media trial, is currently out on bail. PTI RDS.