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CBI Arrests Main Accused in Kerala Nursing Recruitment Scam

CBI Arrests Main Accused in Kerala Nursing Recruitment Scam

CBI has arrested the main accuse in the Rs 300 crores Kerala Nursing Recruitment Scam at Nedumbassery airport on Wednesday.

The main accuse was recognized as Mailakkattu Uthup Varghese of age 50. He was remanded in the judicial custody by Ernakulam CBI court. He is hiding from CBI from past two years in Kuwait and other Western Asian countries. The Kerala government has given time upto March 30 to surrender in front of the investigation officer. In past his anticipatory bail plea had rejected by both the High Court and Supreme Court.

The accuse was produced before the CBI high court, Ernakulam around 3 p.m. CBI have filed a petition seeking further investigation through a charge sheets against Varghese and other accused in the case was filed last month.

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This scam was happened two years back by the travel agency. They have recruited 1200 nurses in the past one year for sending Kuwait, after collecting Rs 19.5 lakh from each person. They have given assurance to provide jobs in Kuwait as nurses, and after collecting money they escaped from this country.

Varghese’s wife Susan is another accused in the case. The owner of Al Zarafa Travels and Manpower Consultants Pvt Ltd is the second accuse in the Kerala Nursing Recruitment Scam.

CBI has mentioned in the charge sheet that on March 30, 2023, the owner of Al Zarafa Travels has made a contract with Kuwait-based agency for recruiting 1200 nurses under the ministry of health, Kuwait. Then they have collected Rs 19.5 lakhs from each candidate but in the agreement with Kuwait govt they have written Rs 19,500 collected from each candidate.

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CBI started the investigating the case after income tax department officials found a huge amount of black money during raid at premises of the recruitment agency.

Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s  Premises Raids by CBI

The raids have conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Former Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda at his residences and office premises on Saturday. The raids also include Former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister (PSCM) ML Tayal and the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) member Chattar Singh for having involvement in Manesar Land deal case.

The CBI conducts raids at 20 locations in Rohtak, Gurgaon, Panchkula, Chandigarh and Delhi. The close aides of Bhupinder Singh Hooda include two former IPS Officers and one serving officer beside others. The main reason of raids is related to the allotment of 400 acres land in Manesar between 2004 and 2007 which is allegedly acquired from the villagers at very cheap rate.

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“Searches are being carried out at 20 places in Rohtak, Gurgaon, Chandigarh and Delhi. The premises of Mr Hooda, his two former personal secretaries and a serving Indian Administrative Service official are being searched by different teams. Some private companies are also under the scanner,” said a CBI official.

As per the reports, the CBI has filed a case against the builders and who have alleged role in the purchase of 400-acre land in Manesar, Naurangpur and Lakhnoula in Gurgaon for 100 crores when the actual worth of land costs to 1600 crore. The Central Bureau of Investigation has also targeted the government officials during the regime of Congress-led government who have an involvement in the land case.

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“The Haryana government led by Mr Hooda had issued a notification under the Land Acquisition Act for the acquisition of land measuring about 912 acres for setting up of an Industrial Model Township in these villages,” said the official. The Bhupinder Singh Hooda headed the Congress government for ten years till 2014 in Haryana.

ED Orders CBI to File Fresh FIR Against Vijay Mallya

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a fresh FIR case against the absconder liquor king Vijay Mallya.

ED has hastens the movements in Rs. 6,027 crore loan case. The assets worth of 6000 CR which Vijay Mallya own are being identified. These assets will soon be seized to clear the loan case.

Recently CBI took over the probe which is said be one of the biggest case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Kingfisher Airlines owned by Vijay Mallya has taken loans from 17 banks including the top most players State Bank of India, IDBI Bank and Punjab National Bank. The loan amounting to about 6900 Crores is having irregularities in repayments. Mallya flew to London in the month of March, after which the banks had to reach Supreme Court to recover the debts.

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The fresh Fir copy may help to breakthrough 1600 CR loan taken from state bank group. A special court has recently declared Vijay Mallya an absconder and issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

Cases against Mallya have been booked under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) after IDBI and SBI filed separate complaints. ED and Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) are probing Vijay Mallya case along with other agencies.

The loan amounts in other banks that the Vijay Mallya owned groups could not repay include Punjab National Bank and IDBI Bank (Rs 800 crore each), Bank of India (Rs 650 crore), Bank of Baroda (Rs 550 crore), Central Bank of India (Rs 410 crore).