Mangaluru: Actress Anushree appears before CCB in drugs case

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September 26, 2020

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Mangaluru, Sept 26: Film Actress cum TV anchor Anushree on Saturday arrived at Panambur police station to dispose herself before the Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths investigating into multi-crore drug menace.

Anushree hails from Mangaluru and is now settled in Bengaluru. Mangaluru Police had arrested actor and choreographer Kishore Aman Shetty and his friend Akeel on Sep 19. Since then the police had started tracking his drug links in the city.

Police said that the notice was issued as she knew Kishore Aman Shetty and also Tarun very closely. The Mangaluru police team which had been to the residence of Anushree in Bengaluru handed over the notice.

The ongoing probe of the scandal has left many in the film industry shocked as a number of celebs have come under the scanner. Earlier this week, three TV stars Geetha Bharathi Bhat, Abhishek Das, and Rashmitha Changappa had appeared before the ISD for questioning regarding their alleged connection with the ongoing probe regarding the drug scandal.

While Rashmitha confirmed that she had already appeared before ISD for primary interrogation the previous week, Abhishek Das and Geetha appeared on September 22 for investigation at the ISD office in Bangalore.

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October 18,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 18: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) has told the Karnataka High Court that they have certain materials in support of registering an FIR against Aditya Alva, son of former minister late Jeevaraj Alva, in the drugs case. It has filed the statement of objections in response to Alva’s plea seeking to quash the FIR registered against him.

The CCB has stated that they have seized narcotic tablets and some quantity of ganja from Alva’s residence in Hebbal during the raid. Alva was also arranging parties and one of the persons circulating drugs which has come in the evidence of other accused, it said. The offences alleged against him are cognizable in nature, it said.

Justice Suraj Govindaraj, who heard the matter on Friday, adjourned the hearing to November 13.

In his petition, Alva challenged the FIR registered by the Cottonpet Police on September 4 under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and IPC. He claimed the complaint registered against him does not mention the commission of any cognizable offence said to have been committed by him.

Alva, who holds Masters Degree in International Diplomacy and International Law from the SOAS College, London, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics from the University of San Francisco, claimed that he was a realtor. He also stated that he hails from a respectable family of politicians who made significant contributions to the state.

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October 19,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 19: The CBI has booked six customs officials in connection with the alleged disappearance of gold weighing 2.6 kg from a warehouse at the airport in the city.

The gold was seized at the Kempegowda international airport here from 13 passengers between June 8, 2012 and 26 March, 2014.

On October 12, 2020, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against two assistant commissioners, three superintendents of central tax and another officer.

In its report, the CBI stated that the Directorate of General Vigilance of Hyderabad Zonal Unit of Customs department had conducted an internal investigation and found the alleged involvement of the officials in seizure of gold and its deposit in the warehouse.

It was during their tenure at the Airport that the gold went missing.

The six officers who were in charge of the mishandled baggage godown were entrusted with the gold seizure from the passengers, the CBI said.

“They abused their official position and did not carry out inventory of the gold and did not hand over the yellow metal received from the seizing officers to the MHB officers of the next shift,” the CBI said in its FIR.

All the six have been booked under section 409 (criminal breach of trust) and 120-B (Criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and 13(1)(c) (fraudulent misappropriation) and 13(2) (criminal misconduct) of the Prevention of Corruption Act-1988.

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October 19,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 19: Amidst growing cases of cybercrimes in Karnataka, the government and the police department have decided to set up a new system to check financial frauds, by freezing the accounts of scammers within the ‘golden hour’.

The decision was taken at a recent meeting chaired by Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, where the advocate general, additional chief secretary (home), state and city police chiefs, RBI regional director, and banks discussed ways to prevent such crimes.

Earlier, banks demanded an FIR to freeze the account of the receiver, but if the new system is implemented, the victim can send an SMS or WhatsApp message, phone call or email to the banks about the fraud, who will initiate quick action and stop the money from being withdrawn.

Police officers noted that soon after a fraud is committed, the next one hour is considered as the golden hour to stop the damage. This can be done by stopping the fund flow by reporting the fraud to the bank/law enforcing agency.

DG&IG Praveen Sood said Karnataka police was formulating a process in which the victims can report the scam either through phone call, SMS or email. A unique number is generated, which would be considered equal to an FIR number. He suggested that banks consider this unique number and temporarily freeze the account of fraudsters and prevent further damage.

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