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Gang that duped woman on marriage site busted

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HYDERABAD: Twelve persons, including five from Bihar and a Nigerian were arrested in Hyderabad and Mumbai by the cyber wing police on Thursday for cheating a woman in a fake matrimonial alliance case.

According to the officials of cyber wing of Cyberabad police, the victim who uploaded her profile on Shaadi.com, a matrimonial website in October got a response from a prospective groom Smith Walter, who introduced himself as a wealthy foreigner. The two exchanged emails and messages before deciding to tie the knot.

Officials said that the accused informed her that he has sent her jewellery, a cellphone, travellers cheque, clothes and other things. And on November 2, she received a call from Kanika Sharma, who introduced herself as a customs official at the Chatrapathi Shivaji Airport in Mumbai and informed that the package sent by Walter was overweighing and would be released only after paying a sum of Rs 42,500. The victim, however, ended up paying Rs 9.59 lakh on the pretext of various fees.

During the investigation, the transferred money from the victim’s account was withdrawn in Hyderabad and was further deposited in various other accounts. After a rigorous search for the beneficiary account holders, Mohammed Shamshad, who goes by many names, was apprehended at Humayun Nagar, along with six of his roommates- Imran Ali, Mohammed Nizam, Mohammed Khaleel, Mohammed Imteyaz, Mohammed Jami and Mohammed Vakil.

On thorough interrogation, they confessed to have opened bank accounts in Mumbai and Hyderabad, on the instructions of one Mohammed Riayajuddin. The seven accused who received the money in their accounts further sent the same amount to two hawala agents from Secunderabad who later sent the money to Pavan Kumar and Chetan Mavji Mamania, both based in Mumbai. These two were nabbed in Mumbai along with Kelechi John Emenike alias Sunday a Nigerian national.

John used to hand over the ill-gotten money to Walter, who is a resident of New Delhi and is absconding.

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Cash-for-vote: Sting tapes match with voice samples of accused

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HYDERABAD: After weeks of lull in the cash-for-vote case, the state forensic science lab confirmed on Thursday that the voices of two accused TDP legislators and party worker Mathias Jerusalem recorded by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has matched with their voice samples collected from the Legislative Assembly and media channels.

Now, the biggest task ahead of the ACB is to seek Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu’s voice sample for tests, before filing a supplementary charge-sheet, top ACB sources said.

According to ACB officials, a video involving TDP MLA A Revanth Reddy , Bishop Harry Sebastian, Reddy’s friend Uday Simha and the complainant MLA Elvis Stephenson was done with the aid of strategically-placed iPhones and digital recorders -first at Sebastian’s house in Bhoiguda on May 30 and later at Stephenson’s friend Malcolm Taylor’s flat at Vikrampuri Colony on May 31.

The audio-visuals captured by the ACB during the trap had recorded TDP legislator Reddy offering Rs 50 lakh bribe to nominated MLA Stephenson to vote in favour of the TDP candidate in the last MLC elections. At the time of the arrest, ACB also seized the cellphone of Bishop Harry Sebastian and his habit of recording phone calls using an app in the phone provided the probe agency with additional evidence against the accused. There were 516 telephone conversation recordings in Sebastian’s phone and 102 of them are related to the cash-forvote case. Sebastian spoke to MLA Sandra Venkata Veeraiah several times about the bribery issue and also spoke to the other accused, Mathias Jerusalem, over 10 times about the conspiracy . The phone also has the prized conversation between Stephenson and, allegedly , Naidu.

The forensic lab has already confirmed that recording in the iPhones, voice recorders and even Sebastian’s HTC phone have not been edited and the transcripts of the audio visual and voice recording conversations prepared by ACB have also been ratified by the lab.

Subsequently on August 14, as per the request of ACB through the court, Telangana Legislative Assembly authorities have sent speech copies of accused MLAs Sandra Venkata Veeraiah and A Revanth Reddy to the forensic science laboratory for a voice-matching test. ACB has also procured the copy of an interview given by Jerusalem to a local TV channel and sent it to FSL.

After comparing the voices of the accused in the evidence furnished by the ACB with the admitted voice samples, forensic science lab has confirmed that there was a match.

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Hyderabad schools may hike fees in new academic year

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HYDERABAD: Schools in the city are likely to increase tuition fee as managements have started the admissions for academic year 2016-17 early this year by keeping the fee structure discreet.

Until last year, schools issued notifications for admissions only from December onwards. However, most of the private schools have issued notifications as early as October on their websites with no information about the fee structure. While prospectus and applications are being distributed to parents, most of the schools are not revealing the fee structure for next academic year. Parents are irked by this attitude as they fear fee hike by managements may be on the cards due to which managements are not revealing the fee structure. “I approached few schools in the city but none of them provided me with a fixed fee structure for next academic year. Few schools provided me with last year’s fee structure but with a small slip saying that the fee structure is subject to change,” said Seema Agarwal, a parent.

Many parents are also attributing early admissions to government’s delay on regulating private schools on fee hike. Nearly three months ago, Kadiyam Srihari, the education minister had asked the school education department to inspect books of accounts of 12 private schools in the city. Although the report was sent to him by early October, the government is yet to take a stance on the overall fee hike issue. “Government’s further delay in this matter will give all the schools free hand on increasing the fee. The government must take action before the admission process is completed in all the schools,” said a parent on condition of anonymity.

Taking note of the situation, the new school education commissioner, G Kishan will hold a meeting with representatives of private school management on Friday. “The government is in the process to formulate guidelines for school management over tuition fees. For this, we have to consult the representatives from private schools as well to resolve the fee hike issue. Like last time, we don’t want the issue to get into litigation,” Kishan told TOI.

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