CMYK THURSDAY www.thestatesman.com 28 JULY 2022 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR BIDEN FLOUNDERS PUNJAB ROW OVER ‘Z-PLUS SECURITY’ FOR KEJRIWAL P5 WEATHER One or two spells of rain/thundershower very likely. Temperature likely to be in the range of 34-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: 19.9 MM RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.92% TEMPERATURE Max: 33.8°C (+1) SUN RISES 05:06 hrs MOON RISES 03:33 hrs New moon on 28 Min. 66% Min: 27.3°C (+1) SUN SETS 18:20 hrs MOON SETS 17:36 hrs July THUMBNAILS INS Tarkash departed from Port Valencia, Spain after a three-day visit. On departure from port, the ship undertook a maritime partnership exercise with Spanish Naval Ship Infanta Cristina. ANI Protests erupt in Karnataka after BJP youth leader hacked to death: Massive protests have erupted in several parts of Karnataka after a BJP youth wing worker, Praveen Nettaru was hacked to death in Dakshin Kannada district on Tuesday night.Section 144 has been imposed in Puttur and heavy security has been deployed in the area. The mortal remains of Nettaru have been kept in a government hospital in Puttur and heavy police have been deployed outside Pg4 the hospital. ICC ODI RANKINGS: SHIKHAR RISES TO13TH SPOT XI, BIDEN TO SPEAK AS POSSIBLE PELOSI TAIWAN VISIT LOOMS P6 P9 P12 ‘Not easy to break WB SC upholds ED’s power to arrest under PMLA with central agencies’ Mamata slams ‘malicious media trials’ against Trinamul over SSC scam STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, 27 JULY engal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said it would not be easy for the BJP ruling at the , Centre, to ‘break Bengal’ using Central investigative agencies, even as she slammed the malicious media trials against her party in connection with the school recruitment scam. Miss Banerjee also said the BJP will not return to power after the next general elections.“In 2024, BJP will not win. It will be defeated, defeated, defeated. Dont ask me how or as to where all the seats will go. But I’m confident that BJP will not win. I don’t say something till I’m confident. Even astrologers are predicting this. The government at the Centre is more dangerous than the British Raj,” she said at an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Titagarh Wagon factory. Taking up the the issue of the Enforcement Directorate's arrest of her trusted lieutenant and Cabinet colleague Partha Chatterjee in connection with the scam, Miss Banerjee said: “While running a big institution B Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee addressing during the programme celebrating 25 years of Titagarh Wagons Ltd, in Kolkata. SNS one may commit mistake.Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose even wrote about the ‘right to make blunders’. If law finds the person guilty then take action against him/her, punish him/her. Does nobody commit mistake? But I am against any malicious media campaign. Media is playing the role of kangaroo (court).” Miss Banerjee said that the ruling BJP was using Central agencies to malign Opposition parties and threaten businessmen. “I don't have a problem if agencies function impartially. These should not be used to malign parties,” she said adding that if people try to protest against something then they are suspended. Agencies are being used by the BJP to gag and to stop, she said. Miss Banerjee was apparently referring to the suspension of 19 Opposition members from RS (seven from the TMC and six from the DMK). Questioning the timing of the ED’s raids on Mr Partha Chatterjee and his associates, Miss Banerjee pointed out that the raids occurred a day after the 21 July Martyrs’ Day mega rally and questioned as to why it was done in the wee hours. She further said that agency officials were found roaming in her Kalighat locality inquiring people about the address of her house. “Bobby (Senior minister Firad Hakim) told me that they (ED) were roaming about in my locality asking the location of my house. Everyone knows where I live, so come,” she said. “You (BJP) have toppled Maharashtra and now eyeing Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. As you have been defeated in Bangla you want to topple our state. But remember, you have to first fight the Royal Bengal Tiger, the crocodile and even the rat.You have to fight the real tiger here.West Bengal will not fear anyone,” she said. Miss Banerjee today laid the foundation stone for the new stainless steel coach CMYK manufacturing facility, the shipyard at Fanta as well as inaugurated the capacity expansion for wagons in Titagarh and propulsion production for traction motors, traction converters and others. Speaking on the occasion, She said there has been an investment of Rs 15 lakh crore and stressed on setting up more industries as well as on creation of more jobs. She nonetheless mentioned that compared to a 40 per cent increase in unemployment at the national level, in Bengal unemployment has decreased by 40 per cent.Two hundred new industrial parks have come up in the state and instead of 15 acres, parks can now be set up on five acres. More cash seized from Arpita’s home: At least Rs. 15 crore in cash and gold jewellery and bars have been recovered from another house of Arpita Mukherjee days after a huge pile of notes was found in one room of the house, according to sources in the ED. This time, officials found the notes from a shelf at her apartment in Belgharia, sources said. (See Pg3) INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 27 JULY The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the validity of stringent provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) related to power exercised by the Enforcement Directorate on arrest, search and seizure of ill-gotten wealth, posing a threat to economic stability, as it observed that money laundering is no less heinous than terrorism. A bench, headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and C.T. Ravikumar, said: "The international bodies have been discussing the menace of money laundering on regular basis for quite some time; and strongly recommended enactment of stringent legislation for prevention of money-laundering and combating with the menace thereof including to prosecute the offenders and for attachment and confiscation of the proceeds of crime having direct impact on the financial systems and sovereignty and integrity of the countries."It added that money laundering is one of the heinous crimes, which not only affects the social and A bench, headed by justice AM Khanwilkar, rejected a slew of challenges to the spectrum of issues pertaining to the rigorous provisions enunciated under PMLA The court said supplying ECIR to accused is not mandatory. economic fabric of the nation, but also tends to promote other heinous offences, such as terrorism, offences related to NDPS Act, etc. The top court affirmed the validity of Sections 5 (attachment of property), 8(4) (taking possession of attached property),3 (definition of money laundering), 17 (search and seizure), 18 (search of persons), 19 (powers of arrest), 24 (reverse burden of proof), 45 (offences being cognisable and non-bailable and twin conditions for grant of bail by court), 50 (statements made to ED officials), and 44 (offences triable by special court). However, the top court left the question whether some of the amendments to the PMLA, 2002 could not have been enacted by the Parliament by way of a Finance Act, to be considered by a larger bench. The bench said the offence under Section 3 of the 2002 Act is dependent on illegal gain of property, as a result of criminal activity relating to a scheduled offence and it is concerning the process or activity connected with such property, which constitutes the offence of money laundering. It further added that if the person is finally discharged/acquitted of the scheduled offence against him is quashed by the court, there can be no offence of money laundering against him or any one claiming such property being the property linked to stated scheduled offence through him.The bench also declared that supply of a copy of ECIR (Enforcement Case Information Report) in every case to the accused is not mandatory, if the ED, at the time of arrest, discloses the grounds of such an action.
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