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Setback for Virbhadra in Money Laundering Case as special court confirms seizure of Delhi-based farmhouse

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Shimla: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s Delhi-based farmhouse worth 27. 29 crores was provisionally attached by the Law Enforcement Directorate in relation to money laundering probe against the Chief Minister and his family in March 2017.

A special court has now confirmed the attachment of this farmhouse located in Dera Mandi near Mehrauli of south Delhi area. The attachment was confirmed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Based on the FIR registered by Central Bureau of Investigation, a criminal case under the PMLA was filed by the ED against Virbhadra Singh in 2015.

The allegations said the property was also purchased “out of money laundered through shell firms”.

Funds were routed through certain paper entities or shell firms, ED had alleged. The allegation also included use of fake addresses for these bogus firms and fake bank account.

Chief Minister’s son Vikramaditya and daughter Aprajita hold shares in the Maple Destination and Dreambuild Private Limited – the firm on the name of which the farmhouse was purchased at a cost of Rs. 1.2 crores.

The news came as another setback for the Congress leader and the State government ahead of assembly polls that are just a couple of month away.

CBI had also registered a case of disproportionate assets (DA) against the Chief Minister. 

In this case, charges against Singh relates to his term as union minister of steel in Dr. Manmohan Singh government. It was alleged that Singh and his family members had amassed wealth of Rs 6.1 crore from unknown sources of income during 2009-2011.

The Chief Minister is already facing the wrath of opposition over the alleged shoddy investigation in the murder and rape case of a minor in Kotkhai, Shimla district. Almost entire Shimla Police Department is in Delhi for CBI questioning. Eight police officials including then Inspector General of Police, Zahur H Zaidi, and DSP Theog, were arrested on August 29 over alleged killing of accused Suraj Singh in police custody. 

Then SP Shimla, DW Negi, DSP Ratan Singh Negi, and ASP Bhajan Dev Negi are also being questioned by CBI in Delhi.

It would increase the troubles for the Congress government as a group of Congress MLAs allegedly headed by the President of the State Congress Committee is already against fighting upcoming assembly elections under Vibhadra Singh due to the controversy over the corruption case and shoddy police work in the aforesaid gangrape case.

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Hamirpur college girl alleges local police of threatening her instead of acting against molester

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Shimla: The image of Himachal Pradesh Police was badly dented by the case relating to the gangrape and murder of a minor schoolgirl in Kotkhai, Shimla, in July 2017. 

Now, in yet another case of alleged harassment and molestation, a girl enrolled in a private college in Hamirpur town has labelled serious allegation against the local police.

As per the sources, a person had been stalking and harassing the girl, who is living in a rented room in the town, for over a month. The person, whom she identified as a member of an influential family of Maunhi (मौहीं) village, crossed the limits, used abusing words, and even molested her on Friday.

On reaching the police station with her complaint on the same day, instead of taking action the police allegedly threatened her and forced to sign a blank paper.

As per the girl, the police allegedly pressurized her to compromise in order to hush up the matter as culprit’s family was an influential one.

Eventually, the girl has approached the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Balwinder Thakur, with her grieve complaint.The ASP has also given her an assurance that appropriate directions were given to the incharge of the station to take strict action against the culprit.  

Yesterday, a teacher of a private college in Hamirpur town was arrested for allegedly raping his pupil inside college premises. A video showing students and parents thrashing the accused publically also did rounds of social media.

The appearance of another case has put a big question mark over the law and order conditions of the town, the image of the police, and declarations made by the new government over the safety of women in Himachal.

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Brig. Satish Kumar appointed new HPSSC Chairman

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Shimla: Brig. Satish Kumar became the new Chairman of Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission (HPPSC), Hamirpur as the Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry administered him the oath of office.

Born on May 27 in 1957, Brig. Satish Kumar belongs to village Biara of Tehsil Palampur, Kangra district. He was earlier appointed as Member of HPPSC, Hamirpur.

Earlier, Brig. Satish Kumar had rendered his services in various wings of Indian Army and has an experience of 35 years in various fields.

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HP Cabinet Decisions Feb 2018: Nod to hire 200 doctors through walk-in interviews, relief in MBBS tendering bond money

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Shimla: In a cabinet meeting of Himachal Pradesh Government held on February 17, 2018, the Government gave nod to fill 200 vacant posts of Medical Officers (MBBS) on local specific contracts through walk-in interviews, particularly in rural and far-flung areas.

The Cabinet decided to amend PG policy on tendering bond money for MBBS doctors pursuing higher courses, MD/MS degree or diploma, super speciality DM/MCH courses, DNB courses, Master Courses within and outside the State.

As per the government, it will help MBBS doctors undergoing PG courses in obtaining bank guarantees for their courses.

HP Govt to sign MoU with NCCF

The existing policy, provisions and method of procurement of pulses will also be revised to facilitate procurement of four pulses i.e. Dal Channa, Urd Sabut, Moong Sabut and Malka from National Co-operative Consumer’s Federation of India Ltd. (NCCF) under the state-subsidized scheme meant for procurement and distribution of pulses.

 It will save Rs. 2.63 crore per month only on account of purchase of pulses, the government claimed.

 The H.P. State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. and NCCF will execute a MoU for the same soon.

The government said it would seek more staff from Development Bank, Germany for the boosting the H.P. Forest Ecosystem Climate Proofing Project, which is being implemented in Chamba and Kangra districts.

The government said this project is covering 600 panchayats of said districts to minimize and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change by increasing biodiversity and sustained income in rural areas through sustainable management of forest resources.

List of HP Cabinet’s other decisions:

  1. Approved deployment of two medical physicists and four radiotherapist technicians on outsource basis at Government Medical College Tanda to operationalise the sophisticated cancer treatment equipment available there
  2. Gave nod to upgrade Community Health Centre Bagsaid to 50 bed Civil Hospital in Mandi district along-with creation of 29 posts of various categories in the hospital
  3. Consent to upgrade Civil Hospital Ani in district Kullu to 100 bed Civil Hospital along-with creation of 26 new posts of different categories
  4. Consent to fill up 20 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni in district Solan on contract basis
  5. Consent to fill up three vacant posts of Investigators in H.P. Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) on contract basis

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