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Mumbai fatal crash: 'Borrowed BMW' had no insurance and PUC, claims activist

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Mumbai, July 10 (IANS) The BMW car, involved in the July 7 hit-and-run incident in Worli which claimed the life of a fisherwoman, reportedly did not belong to prime accused Mihir R. Shah, son of Maharashtra Shiv Sena leader Rajesh Shah, or his father. Besides, it may have flouted other critical laws and regulations, official records suggest.

Citing data from the RTO, Thane, activist Binu Varghese said that the BMW car (MH-48-AK-4554) apparently indicates a temporary registration of the vehicle at the Vasai RTO in Palghar district.

The records say that the car belongs to one Rajesh Vasantray Doshi and the vehicle was bought and registered in May 2016, while the registration is valid till May 2031 — implying it is not owned by the former Deputy Leader of Shiv Sena Rajesh Shah or his son Mihir R. Shah.

Also, the vehicle’s insurance had expired almost two months ago — and this can attract both a fine and a three-month jail term.

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The RTO records reveal that the car had third-party insurance from the Future Generali India Insurance Co. (Policy No. VB772540) valid for one year, issued on May 17, 2023, which expired on May 16, 2024, with no further records available with the authorities.

Similarly, the car’s Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUCC) which was issued on March 6, 2023, had also lapsed on September 5, 2023.

When contacted, a senior police official said, “We are investigating the matter from all angles and will take action against any other person/s as necessary after getting more details from the RTO.”

An RTO official, speaking off the record, said that the vehicle owner as per the records (Rajesh Vasantray Doshi), may be held liable in the (July 7) accident case along with the other accused (Rajesh Shah and Mihir R. Shah).

“It is not clear whether the owner had sold or hired or lent the vehicle to the Shah family, but after the major accident with a loss of human life, all the concerned persons could possibly be booked under various laws, and we are making our enquiries,” the official told IANS.

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Meanwhile, Varghese took to social media to vent his concerns and said that “these are absolutely gross violations of the Motor Vehicles Act and other laws, hence all the accused must be given severe punishment”.

“The fisherwoman’s family would have been entitled to receive a decent amount, running into lakhs of rupees, by way of insurance claims. However, apparently, there is no valid insurance for this high-end-expensive (BMW) vehicle, crashing any hopes for an insurance payout now,” Varghese pointed out.

Accordingly, he wondered who would now compensate the fisherwoman’s family — the Shiv Sena leader (Rajesh Shah) or the government — or would the poor victim’s kin be left high and dry?

“Other serious questions are: How did the expensive car continue to zoom around on the roads without valid insurance and a PUCC for so many months without being detected by the law enforcers in Mumbai and other districts?” Varghese said.

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He further said that the government and the RTO, along with Rajesh Shah’s family, must respond to the big doubts that have arisen after the vehicle’s purported records came to light.

It may be recalled that Mihir Shah, 24, who was allegedly in a drunken state, crashed the speeding BMW into a scooter — on which the fisher-couple Pradip Nakhwa and his wife Kaveri was returning home to Worli gaothan — killing the fisherwoman and sparking a massive furore.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday announced a Rs 10 lakh compensation to the family and sacked Rajesh Shah as the party’s Deputy Leader in Palghar.

(Quaid Najmi can be contacted at q.najmi@ians.in)

–IANS

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Mumbai/Nagpur, July 20 (IANS) Heavy overnight rains lashed Mumbai, coastal Konkan and several parts of the state, leading to waterlogging and flooding in many parts hitting normal life, officials said here on Saturday.

The rains started around midnight with the downpour continuing with incessant downpours in the city and suburbs, plus a forecast of heavier rains during the day.

Waterlogging was reported in Dadar, Wadala, Parel, Kurla, Bhandup, Jogeshwari, Goregaon, Kandivali, Borivali and other places, while the Andheri subway was closed as it was flooded with 4-5 feet water, and pumps were deployed in subways at Dahisar, Kandivali, Malad, Santacruz, Khar and Mankhurd to throw out the flood waters.

While traffic was reported slow on the Eastern Express Highway, vehicles moved at a snail’s pace on the Western Express Highway owing to flooding in parts of Kandivali, Malad and Goregaon.

The Western Railway reported normal services, but the Central Railway and its Harbour Line services were operational, although there were delays ranging from 10-15 minutes in some sections.

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In the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), heavy rains continued to pound parts of Palghar, Thane, and Raigad, disrupting traffic movements on many local and inter-city roads, and a red alert has been sounded in Ratnagiri for Saturday.

Lashed by heavy rains and waterlogging in many areas, schools were ordered to be shut in Nagpur, while Gadchiroli and Chandrapur were put on a red alert for Saturday.

Meanwhile, in the past 12 hours (overnight) till Saturday 8 a.m., Mumbai recorded an average rainfall of 91 mm (city), western suburbs (93 mm) and eastern suburbs (87 mm), said the BMC.

The forecast for the day will be moderate to heavy rainfall in most of Mumbai with the possibility of very heavy in some places, as per the BMC.

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ED arrests Haryana Congress MLA Panwar in illegal mining case

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Chandigarh, July 20 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested the Congress legislator from Haryana’s Sonipat, Surender Panwar, from Gurugram in a case of illegal mining.

The ED had conducted raids at his residences and office in January on charges of illegal mining in the state.

Besides, Panwar, the ED In January had conducted raids and recovered Rs 5 crore cash, foreign-made arms and 300 cartridges at locations related to former Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislator Dilbag Singh also in connection with an illegal mining case.

Both Panwar and Dilbag Singh are in the mining business. Around 20 locations linked to the two politicians and their close aides were raided in Yamunanagar, Sonipat, Mohali, Faridabad, Chandigarh and Karnal.

In the 2019 Assembly polls, Panwar contested from Sonipat and defeated BJP’s Kavita Jain by a margin of over 32,000 votes, while INLD’s Dilbag Singh lost to BJP’s Ghanshyam Dass in Yamunanagar by a thin margin of over 1,400 votes.

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Agra set to plant over 54 lakh trees today in massive afforestation drive

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Agra, July 20 (IANS) In a significant effort to boost green cover, Agra is gearing up to plant 54,56,000 trees on Saturday.

The drive is under Ped Lagao Ped Bachao and Ek Ped Maa Ke Naam initiatives. It aims to plant 36.5 crore trees across the state of Uttar Pradesh.

District Magistrate of Agra, Bhanu Chandra Goswami announced that the Forest Department will plant 15,26,669 trees, while other departments will plant 39 lakh trees. The event will be held at UPSIDC, Site-C Sikandra, Agra, in the presence of dignitaries including the District Tree Plantation Minister in-charge, MPs, MLAs, and other public representatives.

Various species of tree including Hari Shankari, Jamun, Arjun, Semal, Mango, Banyan, and Peepal will be planted.

The Minister in charge emphasised the need for public participation and a strategy for plant care to ensure the trees’ growth and benefits for the community.

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MUDA 'scam' row: Congress lodges complaint against RTI activists

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Bengaluru, July 20 (IANS) The Mysuru district unit of the Congress met Police Commissioner Seema Latkar on Friday and filed a complaint against RTI activists Gangaraju and Snehamayi Krishna, who brought out the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) land allotment ‘scam’ allegedly involving Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

Demanding action against the activists, a delegation of Congress workers alleged that both had conspired to malign the Chief Minister’s image.

The delegation comprised Mysuru Rural Congress President B.J. Vijaykumar; Spokesperson and close confidante of CM Siddaramaiah, M. Laxmana; and party’s Mysuru City chief R. Murthy.

Reacting to the development, Union Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy accused the state government of harassing RTI activists who “exposed the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) land allocation scam involving the family of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah”.

In a statement, Kumaraswamy said, “The opposition parties questioning scandals have been suppressed in the legislature. RTI activists dedicated to uncovering the truth are being oppressed through abuse of power.”

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“Police cannot stifle the truth. The records… clearly show who the real culprits of the MUDA scam are. Despite this, the state Congress is engaging in vindictive politics against the RTI activists who unearthed the truth,” he added.

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Speaker Khader completely failed to conduct K'taka Assembly properly: LoP Ashoka

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Bengaluru, July 20 (IANS) Karnataka’s Leader of the Opposition (LoP) R. Ashoka has slammed Assembly Speaker U.T. Khader, saying that the latter has “completely failed” to conduct the House properly.

The LoP alleged that the Speaker has been denying opportunities for the BJP members to raise their voices on the issue of tribal welfare board “scam”.

“This precedent does not bring honour to the Assembly or the Speaker,” he added.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, Ashoka claimed that the Speaker forced BJP members to sit down when they stood up for speaking over the “scam” in the Assembly.

“The Assembly has never been conducted in such a way in the history of Karnataka, and the Speaker has completely failed to conduct the Assembly properly,” he said.

Ashoka further claimed that the suicide of Chandrasekaran P., a superintendent of the Karnataka Maharshi Valmiki Scheduled Tribes Development Corporation (KMVSTDC), due to the “scam” is a “state-sponsored murder by the Congress government”.

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“The Enforcement Directorate’s press release clearly states that Rs 187 crore was looted by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and ministers and used for the election,” the LoP said.

Accusing the state government of conspiring to cover up the scam, Ashoka said that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah “should have resigned for his involvement in this scam but (he) did not, nor did he hand over the investigation to the CBI”.

–IANS

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