Category: Hyderabad

Naresh is President MAA Elections

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In keenly contested election, actor Naresh and his panel members won hands down. Actors V K Naresh and Jeevitha Rajasekhar were on Monday declared elected as president and general secretary of the Movie Artists Association (MAA).

The polls were held on Sunday. 472 votes were polled but the election results came out only on Monday morning.

Actor-director S V Krishna Reddy and actress Hema are Vice Presidents. Actor Rajasekhar became executive vice-president, beating his opponent actor Srikanth. Both Shivaji Raja and Srikanth saw huge defeat.

Other office-bearers declared elected include Rajeev Kanakala as treasurer, and two joint secretaries – Gowtham Raju and Shiva Balaji.

Naresh and his panel did extensive publicity campaign and he made many allegations on Shivaji Raja, the outgoing president.

Naresh had backing from Mahesh Babu and other big stars. Even Naga Babu supported him in the last minute. Thus his panel win became evident.


Telangana police plans to hand over Nowhera Shaik case to CBI

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Back in October 2018, when investigators arrived at her doorstep to arrest her in New Delhi, the 44-year-old “soft spoken” Nowhera Shaik, had a request: “‘Please arrest me after two days as I have got an appointment with a top Congress leader”.

The sleuths however, took her into custody and brought her to Hyderabad. Thereafter, during several rounds of questioning, Ms Shaik, managing director of the Heera Group, has not uttered a word about her deals. Now, almost five months later the TS police is mulling handing over the case to the CBI.

But the glitch seems to be a political party that is reportedly coming in the way of the CBI taking over, for reasons that also remain a mystery to many, just like Nowhera Shaik.

Ms Shaik will be questioned yet again by investigators next week, once they obtain her custody. She will be confronted with her most trusted aides, Molly Thomas and Biju Thomas, in the hope that some contradictions may surface in their testimonies.

Sources disclosed to Deccan Chronicle that ever since Nowhera Shaik’s arrest, all that the police have learnt so far is this: 1) That she was running a Ponzi like scam by attracting huge deposits 2) The scam is to the tune of Rs 5,700 crore with deposits made by nearly two lakh people 3) She has about 200 bank accounts through which she was reportedly carrying out her shady deals. Her turnover in 2017-18 alone stood at Rs 900 crore, and in all her business ventures, she was making a profit of about 90 per cent 4) there were foreign currency deposits to the tune of Rs 250 crore in her accounts and 5) most importantly, she is also believed to have links with, and involved in, financing some banned outfits linked to terrorism, information of which was passed on to the National Investigating Agency.

While all her properties across the country have been attached, investigators are struggling to get more information on her properties abroad, particularly in the UAE, and her bank accounts there.

“Each time she was questioned, she did not utter a word and so far she has not shared anything with regard to her deals. There are 40 cases against her nationwide and agencies like SFIO, Enforcement Directorate, NIA and police of various states are working on the case. But the case is too big and she continues to be a mystery. Only the CBI can probe a case of this magnitude and discussions are going on (to hand over the case to the central agency),’’ a senior official told this newspaper, adding that this is a case as complex in nature as the Nirav Modi case.

While the Telangana state police appears determined to hand over the case to the CBI, a particular political party, which is considered close to the ruling TRS, is reportedly coming in the way of the proposal.

‘’They want the case to remain with the Hyderabad police, the reasons for which are not known. The reasons appear to be much more than merely political in nature,’’ sources said.

Investigators are now “arming’’ themselves with more questions to be posed to Nowhera Shaik, who is presently in Cherlapally central prison.

Among her two aides, Molly Thomas has proved to be a tough nut to crack. Biju Thomas has also not revealed anything significant so far except pointing at a hard disk containing the number of depositors (close to 2 lakh).

Drug addict assaults minor girl

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A 16-year-old girl was allegedly assaulted by a drug addict in Hyderabad and later filmed naked, according to several media reports.

The incident reportedly occurred at Hyderabad’s Gandhi Nagar which is occupied by several students and has seen several drug-related incidents in the past.

In this particular incident, the minor girl was attacked by the drug addict with a razor blade after she was stripped naked. The accused drug addict kept on filming her bloody body even after she requested him to let her go.

According to reports, the girl was in contact with a group of minor boys who may have been involved in the act but nothing concrete can be said at present.

Meanwhile, the accused has been arrested after locals rescued the girl after hearing her scream. He was also beaten up by the locals before being handed over to the police.

The drug addict has not been verified yet but is expected to be booked under POCSO Act.

IT Grids CEO moves High Court in data theft case

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IT Grids, the firm providing IT services to Andhra Pradesh’s ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and is being currently probed by Telangana police for alleged data theft, on Friday moved Telangana High Court with a plea to quash the case against it.

Even as the Special Investigation Team (SIT) is on the lookout for IT Grids CEO D. Ashok, he filed the quash petition. Denying allegations of data theft, he pleaded for dismissing the case.

Alleging that the case was fabricated, Ashok sought a stay on all proceedings as an immediate relief. The petition may come up for hearing on Saturday or Monday.

Cyberabad police had booked a case against IT Grids on March 2 on a complaint by T. Lokeswara Reddy that sensitive data, including personal information of citizens of Andhra Pradesh, was being processed illegally by the company without consent of the citizens.

The data was allegedly used by the company for an app developed by it for TDP cadres.

The Telangana government on Wednesday constituted the SIT for thorough investigations into the case.

The police case and subsequent developments triggered a row between the Telugu states with Andhra Pradesh alleging that TDP’s data was stolen under a conspiracy by Telangana’s ruling party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and YSR Congress party.

In a tit-for-tat, Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday set up SIT to probe data theft case against Telangana.