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ED to oppose NCP Leader Anil Deshmukh’s plea in SC seeking protection in money laundering case

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Aashwin Shanker, Mumbai Uncensored, 5th July 2021

Former home minister of Maharashtra, Anil Deshmukh, on Sunday appealed to the Supreme Court, for protection against any extreme action in a money-laundering case. The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday, issued fresh summons for the 71-year-old NCP leader, for his appearance on July 5 in the case.

The ED has, up until this point, given three notifications to Deshmukh, who has been approached to record his assertion at the central agency office in south Mumbai on Monday.

Deshmukh has moved the top court, looking for assurance from any coercive activity, Mumbai-based lawyer Inderpal B Singh said in a video message delivered for the media.

The previous home minister had avoided the two previous summons, referring to his “weakness” to Covid as the justification of rebelliousness in his last interaction to the office. He rather offered the ED to record his assertion through video-conferencing.

The new request by ED was given regarding a criminal case enrolled under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, identifying with a supposed Rs 100 crore pay off cum-blackmail racket that prompted Deshmukh’s abdication in April.

The first summon was followed after raids led by the ED at his premises in Mumbai and Nagpur and at his assistants and others last month.

The agency consequently captured two of his associates in this case, personal secretary Sanjeev Palande (51) and personal assistant Kundan Shinde (45). They are in ED care till Tuesday.

The agency, sources said, aside from the current case needs to interrogate Deshmukh regarding his and his relatives’ supposed connections with certain shell organizations that were utilized to launder much before the current claims of bribery was exposed to the Mumbai police.

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Days after Maneka Gandhi severs tainted Mumbai arm of her organisation PFA, extortionist associated with the organisation is arrested.

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Extortionist arrested for allegedly harassing a pet owner from Thane.

Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 18th May 2022

An FIR was registered against Lata Parmar, president of PFA’s Mumbai Unit and her team members on April 14 for allegedly forging a document and using the stamps of Sion police on the letterhead of PFA while taking custody of a Dalmatian from a Thane resident.

Ravi Vikram Bhatnagar, an animal activist alerted the police about the forged document and said that two more accused were yet to be arrested and that these people were using Maneka Gandhi’s name and extorting people.

Maneka Gandhi is the founder of People For Animals and is currently the chairperson of this organisation. Whilst serving India as a political member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), she founded India’s largest organisation for animal rights and welfare, People For Animals.

Following this complaint she tweeted a post that read-

“***IMPORTANT*** A decision has been taken to dissolve the People For Animals, Mumbai Unit-1. As on 15.04.2022, the PFA Mumbai Unit 1 ceases to exist.”

Days after Maneka Gandhi severed ties with the Mumbai Unit 1 of her non-profit People for Animals (PFA) over allegations of extortion, a woman, Bimlesh Navani, associated with the organisation was arrested for allegedly harassing a pet owner from Thane. As per the FIR, a few PFA members visited a site of Vedant Construction on Ghodbunder Road, Thane, on March 3. They found a Dalmatia dog and told its owner Akshay Zade that they were taking the canine and Zade could get it back after showing the necessary documents. The same day, Bhatnagar, who is a friend of Zade, came across a photo of the dog on social media. He found something was off in the documents uploaded along with the picture of the dog and alerted the cops. The Sion police have also booked Lata Parmar, president of PFA’s Mumbai Unit 1, in the case. Another accused, Mohit Chawre, has got anticipatory bail. 

An animal lover, who runs NGO, Salim Charania and had filed a writ petition in the high court against Parmar for misusing her power as president and filied 55 false complaints against him at various police stations. He said, “In 2020, the raid was conducted at my house in Vasai where I kept stray dogs for allegedly breeding dogs and selling them. However, the police did not find anything against me. Parmar targeted me as my NGO was working in the market. She used to call the police and Maneka Gandhi to complain against me. VVMC doctors also gave me a clean chit.’’

Simalar cases involving Parmar misusing her power under the name of the organisation and Maneka Gandhi were seen.

An Assistant doctor Kuldeep Mukane, also victim, spoke about how in January, a month after performing a surgery on a cat the owner came to us complaining that the cat had an infection. At that time, Lata Parmar had demanded Rs 1 lakh from them to not register a complaint. She also approached Gandhi and got Anchole police station to file a case against them.

Similarly Dr Dattatray Bhausaheb Raje’s clinic in Kalyan was shut down after Lata Parmar and her team in December 2021 informed Tilak Nagar police station that they was running a racket of breeding dogs at my clinic. They even got Maneka Gandhi and BMC officers involved. The civic body shut down his clinic.

PFA claims to be India’s largest animal welfare group with 26 hospitals, 165 units, 60 mobile units and 2.5 lakh members. Its stated aim is to open an animal welfare centre in every district in the country. It runs animal shelters, provides ambulance services for animals, sterilisation, rehabilitation of sick/needy animals, treatment, disaster rescue for animals. It lobbies for animal issues on different levels like education, sensitisation and legislation.

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Beware of a new kind of extortion: Maneka Gandhi led NGO’s Mumbai President booked for accusing innocent pet owners to extort money

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Vishwa Thacker – Mumbai Uncensored, 7th May 2022

In a recent case in Mumbai, a new breed of criminals trying to extort money from genuine pet parents has surfaced. Three activists of an organisation led by Maneka Gandhi, the city’s topmost NGO for animals, People for Animals, have been booked by the police.

A case of a Dalmation breed dog led to the arrest of three activists including the president of the organisation Lata Parmar along with Mohit Chawre and Bimlesh Navani. Lata Parmar has already been booked twice in cases of extortion and deterring a public servant from carrying out his duties. 

However, MP Maneka Gandhi has denied the accusations of her organisation or Lata Parmar being involved in any such crimes. She added that Parmar has always shown extraordinary efforts to save animals in her career. She further accused that his case was nothing but a way of defaming their organisation. 

In the case of the Dalmation, the accused allegedly went to a construction site on March 3 and threatened an employee Bindu Kumar Singh who further called the dog owner, Akshay Zade. They told Zade that they were taking the dog and he would get it back only after showing the essential documents. 

They then threatened him and forced him to sign a paper that read that he has given his dog up to the organisation because he is not in the right state to take care of his dog. Allegedly, the accused forged his signature when he refused. When Zade narrated the incident, the police booked the members under sections 384, 420, 465, 468, 500, 34 and 47 of the IPC. 

DCP Vijay Patil said, “We have registered an offence against the accused and she was called for an inquiry. The investigation is underway. We decide on the course of action depending on the findings.”

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Principal Tells the Girls to ‘forget it’ After Man Sexually Assaults Them.

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In the New Delhi rape case justice is something that is very difficult to attain. 

Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 5th May 2022

Civic body run schools have students up to grade 5. On April 30, after the school assembly, while the students were waiting for their teacher inside the class an unknown man allegedly entered the classroom in East Delhi and sexually assaulted two girls before undressing himself and urinating in front of the students. 

The incident was confirmed by Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal who demanded immediate investigation regarding the eight-year-old girls that were molested. “In an MCD run school in Bhajanpura area, two girl students sitting inside their class were molested by an unknown person. He went to their class and removed the clothes of the girls. He then removed his clothes and urinated in front of the class,” said Swati Maliwal.

An incident like this that occurred in the sacred temple of education, was not only nefarious and obscene but was also attempted to be covered up by the school administration. “When the girls briefed teachers and principal about the incident, they tried to hide it and asked girls to forget about it,”

Such an incident comes under the jurisdiction of the POCSO Act, where an action should be taken against the school principal and class teacher for not reporting the crime to the Delhi Police and attempting to conceal the same. The POCSO act is a comprehensive law enacted with the objective of protecting children from a slew of sexual offences while safeguarding the interests of the child at every stage of the judicial process by introducing a child-friendly mechanism for reporting.

According to Sanjay Sain, Northeast DCP, a special committee has been created to look into the problem. On the basis of the schoolgirls statements, a sketch of the suspect was created. Two suspects have also been identified based on this information. The police have filed a charge under the POCSO Act following a preliminary inquiry into the occurrence of the girls being stripped and naked. According to the DCP, it is a municipal school with no CCTV installed. However, CCTV footage from a nearby location is being examined in order to identify the suspect. Technical teams have been dispatched to help the police station’s officers.

The incident of sexual harassment inside the school premises is shocking. The heinous crime took place in broad daylight in the East Municipal Corporation school and instead of reporting it, the principal and teachers of the school tried to suppress the matter. These traditional differences in mindsets often hide the nature and extent of rape in society. Most rape stories do not come out due to tractors like shame to victims and the institutes concerned with reputation.

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