Extradition of Economic Offenders: “Names will not be disclosed in Public interest”

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  • There are 28 individuals who are accused in criminal cases being investigated by Enforcement Directorate (ED).
  • They are either residing abroad or have left the country before initiation of investigations by ED.
  • As these cases are at various stages of investigations by ED, it will not be in larger public interest to disclose names of such persons, amount involved and status of investigation as this could adversely affect these investigations.
Nirmala sitharaman

New Delhi: Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman in gave this information in a written reply to a Parliament Question in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, 25 June 2019.

The Finance Minister told the House that Necessary action has been initiated for bringing the accused persons back to India. In this regard, Red Corner Notice (RCN) has been issued against 25 persons; Extradition requests have been issued for 14 persons; action under Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018 (FEOA) have been initiated against 7 persons and 3 persons accused under PMLA have been brought back to India.

There are adequate legal and administrative measures in place to tackle economic offenders who have either fled from the country or are likely to flee during the course of investigations. Whenever there is apprehension that the accused person may leave the country during the pendency of PMLA investigation, Look Out Circular (LoC) is issued by the Directorate of Enforcement. In case any of the accused person against whom LoC is issued tries to leave the country the Immigration Authority informs the Directorate and such person is apprehended. Further, some of the accused persons may already be residing abroad or may have left India before the commencement of the investigation under PMLA. In such cases action is taken by issuance of RCN and Extradition Request. Action under the newly enacted FEOA, 2018 is also initiated in suitable cases against economic offenders who have left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution or who, being abroad, refuse to return to India to face criminal prosecution and the total amount involved in the economic offence is more than Rs. 100 crore.

 

IOA on its own cannot pull out of the 2022 CWG Games: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

Harpal Singh Bedi

Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi: Sports minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday made it clear that a decision about not taking part in the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games following the omission of shooting from the event’s cannot be left to the Indian Olympic Association alone.

IOA has threatened to boycott the 2022 Games protesting the decision to drop shooting from the competition in which India had won as many as 16 shooting medals out of a total haul off 66 in the 2018 Gold Coast CWG

Last week, the Commonwealth Games Federation at its Executive Board meeting dropped shooting and Archery from the Games while recommending the inclusion of three new sports.

Rijiju said he will discuss the issue in details with the shooting federation (NRAI) and IOA before taking a decision. “I haven’t discussed with the shooting federation. Officially I don’t know about their position. If you have to boycott, you have to ask the government because these decisions are not to be taken unilaterally, it has to be done through proper consultation,”

“It is a matter of future of our athletes and national prestige, everything is involved. Our IOA must have taken a stand and we will discuss with them.”

Asked about the IOA’s submission of a formal expression of interest to bid for the 2032 Olympic Games,the minister said he was not averse to the idea of hosting of mega events .

“It is a pride for any nation to host international events, who wouldn’t want to have an Olympics, Wrld Cup or any other international championship. The question is you prepared for that? And how much you are putting in preparation for that,”

“You can’t just have an event and then create an embarrassing situation. It is not about hosting the event but hosting it in a befitting manner.

“There is no doubt as a nation we will feel proud if we can host an Olympics . We are positive and we will discuss with IOA and then we will formulate … these are big decisions and can’t be spoken out in the heat of the moment. Proper planning and through discussion is required.”

Talking about the much awaited National Sports Code Rijiju said “After I took over, I haven’t gone through the entire provisions, and there is a matter in the court also, so if the new sports code has to be adopted it has to be done through proper consultations with stakeholders.

“I want to work with all the federations and IOA. We are one, we don’t have contradictory interests or ideas, and we are working for the interest of sports. It should be done as soon as possible but whenever we do it we will do it in consultation.

Ace driver Arjun Maini Makes Return to F2

Harpal Singh Bedi

Ace Driver Arjun maini

New Delhi: Ace driver Arjun Maini will return to the FIA Formula 2 grid for the upcoming rounds in Austria and Silverstone.

Having recently made his debut at the prestigious “ 24 Hours of LeMans “, Arjun’s will embark on a two race stint with Spanish team, Campos Racing.

Doing well in Formula Two is the easiest way to break into Formula One with the top three finishers from last year’s championship all racing in Formula One this year.

Arjun, who made his debut in the series last year will be looking to put himself back into contention for a full time seat come 2020 when he contests the rounds scheduled for the Red Bull Ring in Austria and Silverstone in the U.K. scheduled for the 28th-30th of June and 12h to 14th of July respectively.

Arjun will team up with Anglo-Korean, Jack Aitken for a refreshed driver line-up in the main Formula 1-feeder series.

Commenting on the upcoming races, the J.K.Racing backed Arjun said, “As I have always stated, Formula One remains my ultimate aim. We made a decision to try something different this year and irrespective of the results, I believe it has worked for the best as my time in the LMP2 car has definitely helped prepare me for the future.

I’m looking forward to these next few weeks and I hope I can put my best foot forward in both rounds.I know that Joining Mid Season without any testing is not easy for anyone but I am prepared to take on the Challenge.”

Campos racing, based in Spain, currently lie 4th in the championship with a total of 115 points. The team have a rich history in motorsport that dates back to 1997, while team founder Adrain Campos is considered a pioneer of motorsport in Spain, due in part to the fact that became the country’s first Formula One driver in 1987.

The team has overseen a wealth of racing talent over the years, with two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso being the most notable.

e-Ace International who manage Arjun, played a significant role in securing this deal and company founder Tomas Siltanen commented saying, “We are happy for this opportunity and now even with a team such as Campos, a winning one! This is a very important step for Arjun’s career and we are looking to have a positive outcome so we can show that single seater Formula Car racing is where Arjun belongs.”

Campos Team Principal added, “I have closely followed Arjun’s racing career for several years. He is a driver with the necessary blend of talent and commitment to make his prospects extremely interesting. It is fantastic to have him on board with us and our driver line-up consisting of Arjun and Jack (Aitken) is really strong. I am amazed by our new pairing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.”

Doing well in Formula Two is the easiest way to break into Formula One with the top three finishers from last year’s championship all racing in Formula One this year. Arjun, who in 2018 made his debut in the series will be looking to put himself back into contention for a full time seat come 2020 when he contests the rounds scheduled for the Red Bull Ring in Austria and Silverstone in the U.K. scheduled for the 28th-30th of June and 12h to 14th of July respectively.

Women’s hockey team made India Proud: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

Harpal Singh Bedi

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju with Women's Hockey Team

New Delhi: Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday hailed the Women’s hockey team for winning the FIH Series Finals in Hiroshima, Japan saying that they “ made India proud” with their spectacular showing.

With this win, India has moved one step closer towards qualifying for next year’s Tokyo Olympics, as they will now participate in the 14-team FIH Olympic Qualifiers to be held later this year. The qualifiers will be a bilateral two-match series, from where the winners of each of the seven matches will qualify for the Olympics.

Felicitating the team here after its arrival from Hiroshima, the minister said “The women’s hockey team has played very well, and made us proud. I congratulate the team for its excellent performance. The ministry will extend all support to the players, both individually and as a team.

“I will visit their training centre in Bengaluru to meet their coaches and discuss the requirements of the team. India has a good chance of qualifying for the Olympics and winning a medal in hockey.” Rijiju said

India remained unbeaten in the tournament scoring 29 goals and conceding just four. The team led by striker Rani Rampal beat Uruguay (4-1), Poland (5-0), and Fiji (11-0) in the round robin matches and registered a 4-2 win against Chile in the Semi-Final followed by a 3-1 victory against home team Japan in the Final.

Penalty corner specialist Gurjit Kaur was India’s leading goal scorer in the tournament with 11 goals. While Rani Rampal added one more accolade to her growing profile, as she was adjudged the Player of the Tournament.

“We had lost to Japan in the 18th Asian Games Final last year and had to settle for the Silver Medal. This win against them, beating Japan in their home ground was like a sweet revenge,” said Rani.

“The only thing I told the girls before the Final was that, we should not have any regret after the Final or ever feel that we could have played better. We came here for 500 ranking points so we need to play as a team with all our heart and ensure we succeed,” said Rani of the team meeting on the eve of the Final.

Having won this tournament convincingly Rani and her team mates are hopeful of playing the Olympic Qualifying event later this year in front of a home crowd. “Having won this tournament, our chances of playing in front of a home crowd and having that home advantage is realistic and we have waited for this moment for a very long time.

The last time Indian Women played in front of a home crowd was in the 2012 Hockey World League Round 2 in New Delhi and many of the players from the current Indian team are eager to play at home for the first time,” Rani said.

During the tournament the team was faced with challenges not only on the field but off the field as well, when they learnt of the sad demise of striker Lalremsiami’s father.

“This happened just before our Semi-Final against Chile. The mood in the team changed from being excited about the semis to being grim. It was important we lifted ourselves from this tragedy and gave emotional support to Lalremsiami. She chose to stay on and play the Semi Final and Final as it was her father’s wish to see the Indian Team qualify for the Olympics. We are now one step away from making this dream come true and we will remain focused on this goal,” Rani added

The team will return to National Coaching Camp in SAI, Bengaluru on 15 July for the preparations for Olympic Test event in Japan while the goalkeepers will return on 8 July for a special goalkeepers week-long camp before their compatriots join them for the National Camp.