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Chidambarams interim protection from arrest extended

A special court here on Monday extended the interim protection from arrest for former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti till April 26 in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.

This is the third time in a month that the court has extended the protection to the Chidambarams.

The court had issued a similar order on February 18, extending the protection till March 8 which was later extended till March 25.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are probing how Karti Chidambaram got clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when his father was the Union Finance Minister.

The ED on October 25, 2018, had filed a chargesheet naming him and a few others in the case.

Last July, the CBI had filed another chargesheet against 18 persons.

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Chidambarams’ interim protection from arrest extended till March 25

A special court here on Friday extended interim protection from arrest to former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti till March 25 in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.

This is a second time in a month that the court has extended the protection to the two. The court had issued a similar order on February 18, extending the protection till March 8.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are probing how Karti Chidambaram got clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when his father was the Union Finance Minister.

The ED on October 25, 2018, had filed a chargesheet naming Chidambaram and a few others. Earlier in July same year, the CBI had filed another chargesheet against 18 persons in the case.

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No data protection in Hyderabad; Andhra Chief Minister

Continuing his attack on Telangana’s TRS government over the alleged data theft case, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said there was no protection to data assets in Hyderabad.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government with its “childish” acts was damaging the brand image of Hyderabad.

“In such a situation who will store data in Hyderabad,” asked Naidu during a video conference with TDP leaders.

He was reacting to a data theft case booked by the Telangana Police against IT Grids, a company engaged by TDP.

The Hyderabad-based firm is accused of having access to sensitive data of 3.5 crore voters of Andhra Pradesh and misusing it to help TDP identify ‘anti-TDP’ voters and delete their names from the electoral rolls.

Naidu reiterated that the data pertains to the TDP, and not the government as is being claimed by the Telangana Police. He alleged that TRS had hatched a conspiracy and was stealing the TDP data to help the YSR Congress in the coming elections.

Noting that the TDP had built the data over the last 24 years, he said the party would not keep quiet if its data assets were stolen.

He alleged that out of sheer arrogance of power, the TRS was crossing all limits to interfere in a matter not related to Telangana.

The TRS wanted to see a “feudal kingdom” in Andhra Pradesh and was helping the YSR Congress to realise this, Naidu added.

He also said that the names of eligible voters were being deleted from the rolls as some people were misusing Form 7 to submit online applications to further their vested interests.

He warned that the government would deal firmly with those indulging in cyber crimes.

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Robert Vadra’s interim protection from arrest extended

A Delhi court on Saturday extended the interim protection from arrest granted to Robert Vadra, the brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, in a money laundering case.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar extended the interim protection from arrest to Vadra and his associate Manoj Arora till March 19.

The court also directed them to appear before the Enforcement Directorate, which is presently probing the case, whenever they are required.

The court was hearing Vadra and Arora’s anticipatory bail pleas.

The case relates to the ownership of overseas assets worth 1.9 million pounds by Vadra.

On December 7, 2018, the ED had raided several of Vadra’s properties in Delhi-NCR and Bengaluru.

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Court extends Chidambarams’ interim protection from arrest

A Delhi court on Monday extended former Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram’s interim protection from arrest till March 8 in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are probing how Karti Chidambaram got clearance from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006 when his father was the Union Finance Minister.

The ED on October 25, 2018 filed a chargesheet naming Chidambaram and a few others. The CBI had on July 19, 2018 filed another chargesheet against 18 persons in the case.

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President’s nod sought for Manipur People (Protection) Bill

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Friday said his cabinet has resolved to approach the Centre demanding President Ram Nath Kovind’s nod for the Manipur People (Protection) Bill, 2018, that will overrule the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The Manipur Bill was expected to go a long way in protecting the indigenous people, he said.

Manipur is one of the northeastern states which has been demanding the withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that has so far been passed by the Lok sabha on January 8.

Singh claimed that he is the first Chief Minister from a BJP-ruled state to “oppose the Bill”. He also assured his state that there would be no disturbance in Manipur as there was no difference between the people and his government.

“We had been elected by the people and as such we will never go against the wishes of the people,” he said.

The Chief Minister was speaking at a function while distributing loans to fish farmers. He said Manipur will not be importing fish from other states by 2020-21.

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