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Setback for Kerala CPI-M legislator
Kochi, Feb 5: Senior CPI-M legislator and former Kerala Cooperation Minister A.C. Moideen, who came under the Enforcement Directorate (ED) scanner in the Karuvannur Service Cooperative Bank loan scam, got a jolt on Monday when the adjudicating authority in the Union Finance Ministry rejected his challenge to the freezing and seizure of Rs 40 lakh in six bank accounts of he and his wife. The ED, since the past eight months, has been probing the around Rs 300 crore that was siphoned off from Karuvannur Service Cooperative Bank Ltd in Trissur. As part of the probe, the ED first raided Moideen’s house and later he had appeared before the ED at their office. When he was served another notice, he did not turn up. The ED investigation has revealed that on the instruction of certain persons, who were district level leaders and committee members of a certain political party, loans were disbursed by the Bank Manager through the agent in cash to “non-member benamis” by mortgaging properties of not so well-off individuals without their knowledge. It has come to light that many ‘benami loans’ were allegedly disbursed on the instructions of Moideen. (PTI)

Two held for killing woman
Balrampur, Feb 5: Two persons were held in Balrampur district in Chhattisgarh for allegedly murdering their 30-year-old kin and having sex with her corpse, a police official said on Monday. The incident took place in a forest near Parsagudi Haritma village under Rajpur station limits on January 30 and the two accused, including a minor, were held on Sunday, he said. The minor, who is 17 years old, is the younger brother of the woman’s husband, while the other accused is also related to the victim, he said. the three consumed liquor after which the minor boy strangled her with a nylon rope. Passersby found her body the next morning. A probe zeroed in on the two accused who confessed to killing her and having sex with her corpse,” the official said. (PTI)


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