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PIL says along with gyms, open yoga centres too; Bombay HC to hear next week | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Bombay high court on Tuesday said it would hear after a week a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a proprietor of a gymnasium and health club seeking that apart from gyms, state should open yoga studios as well.
The petitioner’s counsel said after his petition was filed, the state announced it was opening gyms but as they await the notification, he said yoga studios also should be open by following the SOPs laid down by the Central Ayush and health ministry.
Petitioner Lalit Dharmani’s counsel Mayur Khandeparkar with advocate Tushar Gujjar said apart from the opening of gymnasiums, many health clubs also have yoga studios attached and there are many independent yoga institutes centres which ought to be opened too now as it is seven months in to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown which is gradually being lifted across the country.
A bench of chief justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish Kulkarni said they would postpone the hearing by a week.
The lockdown has been in place since March and fitness sector was also shut down.In Maharashtra the government had on the weekend said that fitness centres will reopen from Dussehra.

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Mumbai: Virtual garba is flavour of the season | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Every evening, residents of Agrawal Residency building in Shankar Lane, Kandivali, assemble in their community hall dressed to join an intimate garba gathering. The aarti and music is supplied by a live performance taking place at Kora Kendra ground in Borivli many kilometres away.
Necessity is the mother of invention amid a Covid-ridden Navratra. Dandiya organisers have achieved a technical feat during this lean season by getting people to participate in ‘virtual garba’ events from the comfort of their homes and housing societies.
They set up a daily live performance with singers and instrumentalists either in studios, banquet halls, or in their usual grounds, and dispatch the link to registered users and housing societies via Bluetooth devices, Zoom, YouTube and Facebook. Dancers join in from their own locations, and proudly upload the pictures on social media.
“We did not want the lockdown to become a breakdown (of festivity). So we subscribed to the Naidu Club virtual garba of Kora Kendra. Every evening, we dance wearing masks and observe social distancing norms,” said Pankaj Kotecha, a resident of Agrawal Residency.
Ganesh Naidu of Naidu Club said, ” We have set up a Mataji shrine in the grounds where we perform aarti and garba and send the live feed to participants free of cost. All of us wear masks including the priest. I am investing Rs 10-15 lakh this year without earning any returns — but I do not wish to break my tradition of 20 years.”
In Ghatkopar, another virtual garba organiser Jignesh Khilani along with MP Manoj Kotak has set up the Prerna Raas event which sends daily Zoom links to registered participants including housing societies. “We have daily competitions for different age groups, couples and best dressed dancers. The winners will come together for a grand finale at Dussehra,” Khilani said.
Ganesh Naidu said, “In fact musicians and singers who were out of work since the lockdown, are also earning a basic income this way. They exhausted all their savings during the past six months. Of course they are not receiving the fee they would earn in a regular season since organisers like us are not levying ticket charges from online participants. Neither are we getting advertisements because our staple funds came from the real estate industry which is in the doldrums.”

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8,151 new Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, 213 deaths | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Maharashtra‘s coronavirus infection tally on Tuesday increased to 16,09,516 with 8,151 new cases, said a state health official.
The state also reported 213 new Covid-19 deaths, which took the death toll to 42,453, he said.
65,456 coronavirus tests were performed in the last 24 hours, of which 8,151 turned out to be positive at an infection rate of 12.45 per cent, the official said.
7,429 patients were discharged after treatment, taking the tally of recovered cases to 13,92,308.
The number of active patients in the state is 1,74,265.
Mumbai city reported 1,091 new cases during the day, which pushed its case count to 2,44,260, while its death toll rose to 9,864 with 45 new fatalities being reported.
Pune city added 334 Covid-19 cases, raising its tally to 1,68,736, while 22 deaths took the toll to 3,873.
The state has so far conducted 82,51,234 tests.
Maharashtra’s coronavirus figurers are as follows: Positive cases: 16,09,516, new cases: 8,151, death toll: 42,453, discharged: 13,92,308, active cases: 1,74,265, people tested so far: 82,51,234.

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E-wallet rep held for stealing customers’ money

Cyber police on Monday arrested a 25-year-old man, who represented Paytm, for allegedly stealing money from the payment app’s customer accounts. The police found a list of user Ids and passwords of over 350 customers in the field sales executive’s possession.

The police suspect that he and his accomplices used the illegally acquired information to siphon money. The accused has been identified as Mohammed Munna Ansari, a resident of Ghatkopar.

The police said Ansari was working as a third party for the company. He would con customers under the pretext of resolving technical errors on the Paytm app or helping them link the app account with their bank account. The police said he would memorise or change passwords and later log into the customer accounts and siphon the money.

The police said his job profile involved introducing the app to local traders in the Andheri area and to help them install the application.

The incident came to light when an Andheri-based milk shop owner, Rajesh Patel, lodged a complaint with the cyber police in September about Rs 50,000 being deducted from his bank account. “We are trying to trace his accomplices” said Balsingh Rajput, superintendent of police, Maharashtra cyber cell.

A Paytm spokesperson said, “We have received information about a contractor who allegedly copied a merchant’s credentails while he was typing a password and misused it for personal gain. We would like to put on record that this person is not an employee of Paytm. We are cooperating with the Maharashtra Cyber Police to provide them with the required information and we are extending our full support to the investigation.”

Ansari will remain in police custody till October 21.

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Sushant’s house help seeks ₹ 10 lakh for ‘illegal’ detention

The late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s house help, Dipesh Sawant, has moved the Bombay High Court, seeking a compensation of ₹ 10 lakh for his ‘illegal’ detention by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).

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A division bench of justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik heard the criminal petition filed by Mr. Sawant, 25, through advocates Ravindra Rathore and Aamir Koradia. He has been out on bail since October 7.

The petition states that on the statement of Kaizan Ebrahim, he was arrested on September 4 and taken in NCB custody at 10 p.m. He was produced before the holiday magistrate court after more than 36 hours, on September 6. The next day, Mr. Ebrahim was granted bail. He, however, continued to remain in custody till September 9. Soon thereafter, he was granted judicial custody. The sessions court rejected his bail enough though all offences are bailable, the petition points out.

The plea mentions that Mr. Sawant’s brother, Vivek, wrote to the Chief Justice of the High Court and other authorities on September 5 about the ‘illegal’ detention. There is absolutely no recovery of any contraband at the instance of Mr. Sawant and there is absolutely no nexus between him and any contraband of commercial quantity. He has been falsely framed and there is no evidence to charge him for offences under the Narcotics Drugs Psychotropic Substances Act, the plea states.

The court adjourned the hearing to November 6 so that the additional solicitor general can be present.

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Thane BJP corporators protest online civic general body meet | Thane News – Times of India

THANE: Thane BJP corporators on Tuesday protested the civic body’s decision to have its general body meeting through online mode. Corporators led by group leader Sanjay Waghule staged a demonstration and claimed the “virtual way” was not working as a webinar held by the Thane Municipal Corporation recently to discuss important issues was marred by glitches.
Waghule said the physical presence of corporators at such important meetings was necessary and demanded the TMC hold them in auditoriums here with strict social distancing norms in place.

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Two booked for cheating Mumbai businessman of over Rs 2 crore | Thane News – Times of India

THANE: A 38-year-old businessman from neighbouring Mumbai was allegedly cheated to the tune of Rs 2.76 crore by two Thane residents, who promised him good returns in a joint venture, police said on Tuesday. According to the police, the complainant Arvind Giri was involved in garment trading and a wholesale business of petroleum products, and was approached by his friend Vinod Thakur to enter into a partnership with him in tar business.
The complainant was made to pay for tankers and workers’ wages from time to time and till August, he had paid over Rs 2.76 crore, an official said.
The accused Thakur had also allegedly told him that he had been swindled by Mahendra Pandey, another accused in the case, who was in his service, he said.
When the accused did not give him his share, the complainant realised that he has been cheated, following which a case has been registered at Kapurbawdi police station under relevant sections of the IPC, the official said.
No arrests have been made so far, he added.

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Coronavirus | Court acquits 20 foreign attendees of Tablighi Jamaat event

Metropolitan Magistrate (Andheri) R.R. Khan acquitted the 20 persons on Monday as the prosecution failed to prove the charges against them.

A Mumbai court has acquitted 20 foreign attendees of a Tablighi Jamaat event who were booked by the city police for allegedly violating prohibitory orders during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.

Metropolitan Magistrate (Andheri) R.R. Khan acquitted the 20 persons on Monday as the prosecution failed to prove the charges against them. “There is no iota of evidence with prosecution to show any contravention of order by accused persons beyond all shadow of doubt,” the court observed.

Keeping in view the evidence on record and facts and circumstances of the matter, it is clear that the order in question was neither publicly promulgated nor brought into notice of the accused persons, the court said. The prosecution witnesses clarified that the accused have not violated the lockdown norms and order of the police commissioner, it noted.

Tablighi Jamaat, an island unto itself

The court also said versions of the witnesses were contrary to the documentary evidence on record. “The prosecution has not even carried out preparation of panchanama and never recorded statement of any other independent witness. Thus, there is no legal evidence furnished by prosecution in support of the charge,” it said.

The court further noted that the witnesses were also not found in a position to tell where and how the accused person were residing at the time of the alleged offence.

A case was registered against two groups, each comprising 10 foreign nationals, in April by D.N. Nagar police in Andheri under Indian Penal Code Sections 188 (disobedience of order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 and 270 (acts likely to spread infection of dangerous disease).

They were also charged under provisions of the Foreigners Act, the Epidemic Diseases Act and the Disaster Management Act.

A sessions court has already discharged them for offence under IPC Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 304(2) (homicide not amounting to murder).

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Mumbai: One injured in mezzanine floor collapse at Colaba | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: A 45-year old person suffered minor injuries when the first floor slab collapsed into the ground floor house. The incident occurred around 12.48 pm on Tuesday in the Hasan Premji chawl near Colaba post office.
Mumbai Fire Brigade’s chief fire Officer Shashikant Kale said, “On arrival at scene of incident it was learnt from members of the public that some flooring portion of room no.2 on the first floor had collapsed in room no. 13 on the ground floor. “
The chawl is a ground plus two-storeyed RCC building. Thereby causing Javed Khan, aged about 45 yrs, suffered injuries to his right shoulder. “The injured person refused to go to hospital. As a precautionary measure the nearby rooms were vacated and debris has been removed,” said Kale.

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Enforcement Directorate attaches assets worth ₹22.42 crore of Iqbal Mirchi’s family

A provisional order for attaching the properties has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Assets worth over ₹22 crore, including a cinema hall and a hotel in Mumbai, of late gangster Iqbal Mirchi’s family have been attached in connection with a money-laundering case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Tuesday.

A provisional order for attaching the properties has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

“The attached assets includes a talkies (cinema hall) and a hotel in Mumbai, an under construction hotel, a farm house, two bungalows and 3.5 acre land in Panchgani,” the Central investigative agency said in a statement.

15 Dubai-based properties attached in Iqbal Mirchi case

The total value of the attachment is ₹22.42 crore and it includes deposits kept in seven bank accounts, it said. The total attachment in this money-laundering case against the late gangster and his family is about ₹798 crore as the agency had issued attachments orders, including for overseas properties worth ₹203 crore, in the past.

Mirchi, who died in 2013 in London, was alleged to be the right-hand man of global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim in drug trafficking and extortion crimes.

“He (Mirchi) was an international drugs dealer and smuggler who had amassed huge wealth and acquired various immovable properties and businesses across the globe,” the ED had said earlier.

The agency alleged Mirchi “indirectly owned various properties in and around Mumbai”. It has filed a criminal case against Mirchi, his family and others last year to probe money laundering charges linked to their alleged illegal dealings in the purchase and sale of costly real estate assets in Mumbai.

This PMLA case is based on multiple FIRs lodged by the Mumbai police. The agency had filed a charge sheet in this case before a Mumbai court in December and the court had subsequently issued open-ended non-bailable warrants against Mirchi’s sons Asif Memon and Junaid Memon and wife Hajra Memon.

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