Mayawati Slams Yogi Government Over Attack on Dr Kafeel Khan’s Brother Kashif Jameel

Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati slammed the Yogi Adityanath government on Monday saying that the attack on Dr Kafeel Khan’s brother in Gorakhpur and that on lawyer Ravi Tiwari in Allahabad are enough to prove that the state is witnessing “Jungle Raj”.

“The people of the state are suffering due to Jungle Raj in the state. Warnings to criminals by the CM and his ministers are also not effective. It is the result of big talks and zero delivery by the BJP,” the BSP Supremo said in a statement.

“Strict action should be taken against culprits responsible for the attack on Kashif, brother of Dr Kafeel Khan and attack on Ravi Tiwari, a lawyer from Allahabad. Time has come that the BJP should focus more on the security of citizens, and their development. If nothing concrete is done now, it might be too late. BJP’s own people, who are involved in criminal activities, must be nabbed first,” she added.

Meanwhile, Khan’s mother Nuzhat Parveen has demanded police protection for her family after her younger son Kashif Jameel was shot at by unknown miscreants on Sunday night in Gorakhpur.

Jameel (34) suffered three bullet injuries on his upper arm, neck and chin late on Sunday evening. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital.

Suspecting foul play, Khan said, “My brother has been shot at. I always knew they would try to kill us.”

Khan was the head of the encephalitis ward at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College when over 60 children died allegedly due to oxygen shortage in August 2016.

The paediatrician, one of the nine doctors accused, was charged under Sections 120(B), 308 and 409 of the IPC. However, Khan was later hailed as a ‘hero’ after it came to light that he had immediately swung into action and saved some children’s lives when the oxygen supply was disrupted.

The Gorakhpur doctor, who spent seven months in jail, was recently granted bail. Khan’s family had applied for bail on six different occasions during his seven-month detention.

All Kind of Beef must be Banned: Muslims, Christians must stop eating Beef or leave India: Swami Om

After recently targeting Christians, maverick Delhi-based Baba and former Bigg Boss contestant, Om Swami Maharaj also known as Swami Om or Om Maharaj today specifically targeted Muslims in India.

He alleged that since Muslims indulge in cow slaughter for beef and if eating all kind of beef is banned, cow slaughter will completely stop, he alleged, adding that the current laws were ineffective and unable to stop cow slaughter in India and that cow slaughter was still going on in certain parts of UP and MP as well as in South India.

Speaking to a local news channel, Om Maharaj said:

All kind of beef must be banned. Muslims and Christians in India must stop eating beef totally or else leave the country. This is a Hindu nation and beef and cow slaughter must be prohibited in this land, he said. Muslims indulge in cow slaughter for beef. If beef is completely banned, there will be no cow slaughter at all, he said.

According to media reports a hard-line Hindu group had called on Christians to be thrown out of India and stamped on images of Pope Francis while accusing him of promoting terrorism in a video being circulated on social media since May 25.

Also Read: Stop eating Pork & Beef, embrace Hindutva or else leave India

The video shows controversial Hindu leader Om Swami Maharaj with a group of about 20 people carrying placards and banners with pictures of Pope Francis not far from Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi.

Last year Sadhvi Saraswati made a controversial statement at a Hindu Conclave in Goa saying Goans must either stop eating beef in Goa or go to Portugal.

Also Read: Those who eat beef must be hung in public: Sadhvi Saraswati 

Om Maharaj made a speech before members of the group began stamping on the Pope’s image. During his speech, he accused Indian Christians of promoting terrorism and Maoism in the country and demanded they should leave India, according to a report by

If Christians don’t leave India, Maharaj said, they will use force to expel them. “We have our own ways to expel them if they don’t fall in line,” he said, adding that Christians must stop eating beef and pork if they want to continue living in India. This is not the first time, Swami Om has brought up this issue. The small-time thief and TV reality show participant who can go to any extent for publicity and self-promotion, had on two earlier occasions claimed that Christians must stop eating beef and pork and even called on Muslims in India to completely give up beef from their diet or go to Pakistan.

Also Read: Beef to be completely banned in Goa, rest of India by 2019

Maharaj spread a banner featuring a picture of the Pope on the road and then, with several others, stamped on it. Slogans of “Pope Francis murdabad” (Down with Pope Francis) were shouted. It is not known if the police intervened or if any police case has been filed yet.

The media has otherwise been very mum on this issue, possibly because Swami Om is a known attention-seeker and trouble maker.

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The video has caught the attention of Christian groups in central India, prompting them to approach the police to stop the video’s circulation. At the time of writing this report, the police are looking into the complaints.

Richard James, spokesman for the Rashtriya Isai Mahasangh, the ecumenical national Christian forum based in Madhya Pradesh, said the police have been alerted to the video.

“This kind of public display of hate toward any religious group or leader would not be allowed in a civilized society,” James told

Jaideep Prasad, inspector general of Police in state capital Bhopal, told that his officers “will not allow anyone to spread discord among people with such videos.”

Madhya Pradesh is among states governed by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“I have already instructed officials to do what is necessary to ensure peace,” said Prasad on May 29.

Not just Swami Om, several other BJP leaders have upped the ante against Christians over the last one year.  Subramanian Swami, a BJP parliamentarian, moved a bill last year seeking capital punishment for cow slaughter since the animal is revered by a section of Hindus. He has continued to argue that cow slaughter should be tried as murder.

In a May 23 Twitter message, he urged Modi to cease all diplomatic relations with the Vatican. He also said the Vatican embassy in New Delhi should be sealed as the Delhi archbishop is “a formal nominee of the Vatican.”

Yogi Adityanath’s principal secretary Shashi Prakash Goyal accused of demanding Rs 25 lakh bribe, Governor orders inquiry

In a major embarrassment to the UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Governor Ran Naik has written him a letter to conduct an inquiry and take action against his Principal Secretary Shashi Prakash Goyal, who has been accused of demanding bribe of Rs 25 lakh to set up a petrol pump in Hardoi.

The Governor wrote a letter telling Yogi Adityanath that, Mr Abhishek Gupta, resident of 24 Prakash Lok in Indira Nagar , Lucknow had sent an email to his office on 18th April last month accusing Principal Secretary Shashi Prakash Goyal of demanding bribe of Rs 25 lakh from him.

The letter further mentions that Mr Gupta proposed to set up a petrol pump sanctioned by Essar Oil at Sandila Tehsil in Hardoi district. The road connecting the site where the fuel pump would be constructed is very narrow and the top bureaucrat allegedly demanded Rs 25 lakh to get the road widened.

The Governor has asked the CM to get an inquiry conducted and take appropriate action against the accused officer.

UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said that the party has filed a complaint with Deepak Kumar, SSP Lucknow against complainant Abhishek Gupta for using the name of top BJP leaders for his personal gains in the past.

“However, the UP Governor has done his job by apprising CM of the complaint received. The government will get an inquiry conducted and strict action will be taken against the concerned officer if the allegations are found true,” added Tripathi.

Rahul Gandhi to visit Mumbai on June 12 for court hearing, will meet party workers at Mumbai Exhibition Centre, Goregaon

Mumbai, Jun 7: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be in Mumbai on June 12 to attend a court hearing in connection with a defamation case filed against him.

Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam said that Gandhi would be present in Bhiwandi court at 11am on June 12 and would later meet the party’s booth-level workers.

On May 2, the Bhiwandi Magistrate Court in neighbouring Thane had asked Gandhi to appear before it on June 12 to record his plea in a defamation case filed against him by an RSS functionary.

The court had, on May 2, heard arguments on Gandhi’s application, seeking a detailed recording of evidence instead of a ‘summary trial’, and adjourned the matter till June 12.

The court had said that it would pass an order on the application and would also record the defendant’s (Rahul Gandhi) plea on June 12, and asked him to remain present on that day.

Rajesh Kunte, a local worker of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, had filed the case against Gandhi in 2014 after watching his speech in Thane’s Bhiwandi township where the Congress leader alleged that the RSS was behind the killing of Mahatma Gandhi.

He filed the case against the Congress president over the latter’s alleged statement at an election rally near Bhiwandi on March 6, 2014 that “the RSS people had killed (Mahatma) Gandhi.”

Nirupam today said that Gandhi would meet an estimated 15,000 party workers at the Mumbai Exhibition Ground in suburban Goregaon between 2pm and 4pm on June 12.

“The Congress party has always believed in working ground up and Rahul ji believes in connecting with the hardworking members of our party who work relentlessly at the booth level,” Nirupam said.

He said that the meeting was to thank these workers.

Disproportionate assets complaint against Goa Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar

A complaint filed on Thursday with the Goa Lokayukta against Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar sought a probe into his disproportionate assets.

In the complaint filed under Section 11 of the Goa Lokayukta Act, the complainant, advocate Aires Rodrigues has drawn the attention of the Lokayukta that Mr. Madkaikar’s company, Nikitasha Realtors Pvt. Ltd., had on April 1 this year, inaugurated a bungalow in survey no. 144/2 next to the Basilica of Bom Jesus in North Goa, estimated to have cost around ₹200 crore.

Last month, he lodged a complaint of disproportionate assets with the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB), Goa against Mr. Madkaikar, which the ACB officials said “was under examination.”

The complainant has attached a copy of the affidavit of assets filed by Mr. Madkaikar on January 13, 2017 along with his nomination papers during the 2017 Assembly elections.

The complaint pointed out that in his I-T returns for the financial year 2015-16, Mr. Madkaikar had shown his total income for the year as ₹1, 44,389 and that of his wife Janita, sarpanch of Old Goa village panchayat, a sum of ₹24,389.

The complaint also finds details of all personal loans of the Minister and his wife to claim that the construction of this new bungalow at Old Goa was disproportionate to his known source of income.

Urging the Lokayukta to seek a status report from the ACB of the complaint filed by him against Mr. Madkaikar, Mr. Rodrigues has also sought in his complaint that the Lokayukta issue action to be taken against Mr. Madkaikar.

Mr. Madkaikar is presently in a private hospital in Mumbai convalescing after a surgery he underwent on Monday following a brain stroke he suffered.

Source: The Hindu

Arbaaz Khan, Parag Sanghvi to be made prosecution witnesses in IPL betting case

The Thane Police said actor Arbaaz Khan will be made a witness in the IPL betting case in which he recorded his statement last Saturday, reports India Today.

Producer Parag Sanghvi had also recorded his statement on Wednesday after he was summoned by Thane Anti Extortion Cell. He too will be made a witness in the case.

Khan had confessed to placing bets with prime accused Sonu Jalan during IPL matches. However, he had said in his statement that no financial transaction took place between the two.

Also Read: Arbaaz Khan, Parag Sanghvi, etc to be arrested as cops apply MCOCA

Following the statements as well as evidence found in the case, Thane police decided to make him a witness to prove Jalan’s betting business.

“I was summoned and I recorded my statement in the case and will cooperate whenever I am required to in the ongoing investigation,” Arbaaz Khan told the media on Saturday.

Also Read3 Bollywood Superstars involved in IPL Betting Racket

On Tuesday, Jalan’s former partner, Sameer Buddha – who is also the brother of a former cop Sohel Buddha – was summoned. In his statement, Buddha said he was partner with Jalan in an auto spare parts business but had not carried out any dealings in the betting business.

The car that Jalan used belonged to him and he had given it to him as a settlement when they wrapped up their business venture. Producer Parag Sanghvi – who had produced movies like Sarkar and Partner – was summoned as Jalan said he was his business partner.

Also Read: Bookie threatens Arbaaz Khan, records video: Producer Parag Sanghvi, Murad Khaitan and builder Dilip Ludhani could be arrested

Sanghvi’s production house K Sera Sera has produced around 20 Bollywood movies. In his statement to the police, Sanghvi said he had met Jalan in a Juhu-based hotel. When a case was registered against Sonu in Mumbai, he stopped communication with him. He has not had any communication with him for the past year and a half.

“I have told police everything in my statement, I knew him for the past five years but when I found out he was a bookie I ceased any communication with him. I have no role in the case,” Sanghvi told India Today.

Also Read: 6 Bollywood stars, 4 Producers and several Hotel & Pub Owners exposed as Arbaaz Khan confesses

Sanghvi’s statements under 164 CRPC will be recorded in front of a magistrate.

Senior Police Inspector Pradeep Sharma from Thane Anti Extortion cell said, “We have recorded Sanghvi’s statement and he says he has not had any communication with Jalan for the past few years. He met him through a friend but was not in touch with him neither was he involved in the betting business. We will make Arbaaz Khan and Sanghvi witnesses in the case. If need be we will summon them again. Meanwhile the name of Amit Jalan, a builder, has emerged during interrogations with Sonu Jalan and it will be probed.”

Amit is based in Malad in Mumbai’s western suburbs. He has invested a lot of money with Sonu Jalan in the betting business. Investigators will probe if Amit had indeed invested in the betting business or in the some other business deals. Sonu had a flat in a building constructed by Amit Jalan.

Amit and Sonu have three flats in Aurus Serenity, a building on Link road in Malad.

Chakor to go missing in Colors’ Udaan

Udaan (Guroudev Bhalla Productions) on Colors is witnessing a change of dynamics in the relationship Chakor (Meera Deosthale) and Sooraj (Vijayendra Kumeria) share.

The recent episodes showcased how Sooraj is jealous of Chakor’s closeness with Vivaan (Paras Arora). Sooraj assumes them to be more than friends. Chakor and Vivaan were on the hunt for Imli (Vidhi Pandya). As they return home, Vivaan happens to vomit and Chakor’s sudden burst of concern for him makes Sooraj all the more annoyed.

Imli further ignites this distance between the love birds by fooling Chakor into drinking bhang and while she dances with Vivaan in a state of trance, Imli informs Sooraj about them.  In the episodes ahead, an angry Sooraj will get drunk, pass out and will wake up to the news of Chakor going missing.

Yes, Vivaan will inform Sooraj that Chakor has taken Saanvi and decided to move out of home. Vivaan and Sooraj will then take the help of the villagers and Chakor’s father to look for her in order to stop her.


Sonu Jalan aka Sonu Malad tried to trap and drag aspiring actresses, models into the betting racket: Avantika Gaokar

Bollywood actress Avantika Gaokar who is currently shooting for a film in Lucknow, today made a shocking revelation. Speaking to this reporter over phone from Lucknow, she alleged that flamboyant bookie Sonu Jalan aka Sonu Malad, who has underworld connections with Ravi Pujari and Dawood Ibrahim was fond of socializing with aspiring models and actresses as well as visiting dance and ladies bars and ‘having fun’ with the bar girls. “He loved the good life and was a womanizer,” Gaokar said.

Sonu Jalan was arrested by the Thane Anti Extortion cell (AEC) headed by former encounter specialist PI Pradeep Sharma. His interrogation led to several big Bollywood names popping out. Salman Khan’s brother Arbaaz Khan was already summoned for questioning and he has admitted to betting via Jalan for the last 6 years. He also admitted that he lost about Rs 3 crore in the process and was being threatened and blackmailed by Sonu Jalan and gangster Ravi Pujari.

Also Read: Arbaaz Khan, Parag Sanghvi, etc to be arrested as cops apply MCOCA

Speaking exclusively to, Avantika Gaokar said, “Jalan was fond of flaunting his underworld and Bollywood connections. He had approached me through another Malad-based bookie in 2017 to join his racket, but I had flatly refused. The bookie by the name of Ranjit who worked for Jalan put me on the phone with him. On the phone Jalan told me that many models work for him indirectly as tippers and earn Rs 1-2 lakh per month. He mentioned the names of 2-3 well known upcoming actresses who are working with him. He is involved in every single match, no matter which part of the world it is being played in. He told me one of the actresses was able to purchase a flat in Lokhandwala within 2 years of working with him.

Jalan used the models as honey traps to lure high net worth businessmen. The ‘girls’ were used to trap the businessmen or even do regular ‘business’ with them. The WhatsApp messages, conversations and images were later on used by Jalan and his network for recovery of pending dues, Avantika revealed.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the IPL betting case has taken a new twist, with police saying that they will widen the net in interrogating more people from the film fraternity, a Zee News report suggests.  On Tuesday, the anti-extortion cell of the Thane Crime Branch arrested Jalan, alias Sonu Malad, one of the country’s leading cricket bookies. He was arrested in connection with a betting racket that was busted in Dombivali on May 16.

Also Read3 Bollywood Superstars involved in IPL Betting Racket

Sources are also saying that after Arbaaz, Thane Police may also summon Vindu Dara Singh. Sonu Malad is likely to have told interrogators that he met Vindu twice with his aide Prem Taneja. Taneja is also a bookie who was arrested along with Vindoo by Mumbai Crime Branch in IPL fixing and betting case.

Also Read: Arbaaz Khan to be arrested in Rs 1000 Cr IPL Cricket Betting Racket

In May 2013, Vindu allegedly told the police that he placed bets on Gurunath Meiyappan’s behalf. After his release from jail, 13 days after his arrest, Vindu maintained innocence. However, his summons will probably reveal more in the murky fixing scandal.

Also Read: Bookie threatens Arbaaz Khan, records video: Producer Parag Sanghvi, Murad Khaitan and builder Dilip Ludhani could be arrested

After Sonu Jalan aka Sonu Malad was arrested on Tuesday, he reportedly told the cops that he had befriended Arbaaz Khan, who in turn introduced him to other Bollywood stars.

Also Read: 6 Bollywood stars, 4 Producers and several Hotel & Pub Owners exposed as Arbaaz Khan confesses

Earlier on Friday, Arbaaz Khan was summoned to record his statement by Thane police in connection with betting in the Indian Premier League (IPL). His name reportedly came up while the police were innterrogating bookie Sonu Jalan who was arrested on Tuesday.

Goa Archbishop: Constitution in danger, human rights trampled in the name of development in India

Two weeks after Delhi Archbishop Anil Couto’s remarks on the “turbulent political atmosphere” created a row, his Goa counterpart has said the Constitution was in danger while alleging that human rights were being trampled in the name of development. Urging Catholics to play an active role in politics, Goa’s Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao, in his annual pastoral letter, said the community should work hard towards protecting the Constitution, more so because the 2019 general elections were around the corner.

“Today, our Constitution is in danger, (it is a) reason why most of the people live in insecurity. In this context, particularly as the general elections are fast approaching, we must strive to know our Constitution better and work harder to protect it,” IANS quoted Ferrao as saying in the pastoral letter for 2018-19, which was formally released on Sunday. Catholics account for 26 per cent of Goa’s population and wield significant influence.

Alleging that a new trend of mono-culturism was emerging in the country, the archbishop said, “In recent times, we see a new trend emerging in our country, which demands uniformity in what and how we ear, dress, live and even worship. Human rights are under attack and democracy appears to be in peril.”

Ferrao further said minorities were living in fear while development was being used as a ruse to uproot people from their land. “The various minorities fear for their safety. People are being uprooted from their land and homes in the name of development. The first victim of development is the poor person. It is easier to trample upon the rights of the poor because those who will raise their voice for them are very few,” he said.

It may be recalled that a similar remark was made by Cardinal Oswal Gracias, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), last month. Gracias had said there was “growing anxiety” among minority communities “because the government is not acting enough” to protect them.

Urging the Catholics to shun “sycophantic” politics and help strengthen democracy, the letter said, “It is advisable that the faithful play an active role in the political field; they should, however, follow the dictates of their conscience while doing so and shun ‘sycophantic’ politics. They should thus strengthen democracy and, on the other hand, help to improve the functioning of the state administration.”

While many saw Delhi Archbishop Couto’s remarks aimed at the BJP government, even though he denied targeting any particular political party, it leaves little to imagination Ferrao’s letter was directed at whom. Criticising Couto, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said there was “no discrimination against anyone”, while BJP president Amit Shah said “polarising people in the name of religion” was “not appropriate”, even as opposition leaders like Mamata Banerjee and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury backed the Delhi archbishop.

Source: Indian Express (IANS)

Fresh case of extortion registered against Ravi Pujari, Sonu Jalan: Arbaaz, Parag Sanghvi to be arrested

June 4 (ANI): The Anti-Extortion Cell of Thane police on Monday issued summons to more people including film producer Parag Sanghvi and another person Sameer Buddha in connection with the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting racket.

Also Read: 3 Bollywood Superstars involved in IPL Betting Racket

Police have asked all of them to appear before the AEC on Tuesday.

A fresh case of extortion has also been registered against bookie Sonu Jalan and gangster Ravi Pujari. In the latest FIR – Ritesh Hasmukh Shah – a 39-year-old businessman from Thane has accused Sonu and five other bookies of extortion and threatening him with murder. Sources also went on to reveal the involvement of a former cop, Sohail Buddha and his brother Sameer. Well, these are also the two names that cropped up in the infamous Sheena Bora Murder Case. Sameer, brother of Sohail was contacted to by Indrani Mukherjea’s driver, Shyamlal Rai. Rai had called 21 times from April 17 and April 24, 2012.

Also Read: 6 Bollywood stars, 4 Producers and several Hotel & Pub Owners exposed as Arbaaz Khan confesses

On June 2, the police custody of Sonu Jalan, who has been apprehended in connection with the ongoing probe, has been extended till June 6.

Bollywood star Arbaaz Khan’s name has also cropped up in the investigation.

Arbaaz, brother of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, confessed to placing bets last year and losing Rs. 2.75 crore.

Also Read: Arbaaz Khan to be arrested in Rs 1000 Cr IPL Cricket Betting Racket

Arbaaz, 50, said he will continue to co-operate with the police in this investigation.

The actor was called for questioning on May 29 by the Anti Extortion Cell, Thane.

According to police sources, Sonu Jalan made a whopping Rs 500 Cr during the recently concluded IPL season. He also earned Rs 10 Cr in one match, just in the IPL Finals.