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Afternoon brief: Manmohan Singh's sharp attack on PM Modi; ED attaches properties in Noida mall, more news

May 30, 2024 02:15 PM IST

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Former prime minister Manmohan Singh accused PM Narendra Modi of employing "hateful, unparliamentary terms" to target specific societal sections or the opposition. In a letter to Punjab voters before the seventh phase of Lok Sabha polls on June 1, Singh urged voters to safeguard democracy and the Constitution from what he described as repeated assaults by a despotic regime attempting to impose dictatorship in India. Singh's appeal underscores the critical nature of the upcoming elections and the need to preserve democratic values amidst growing concerns about authoritarian tendencies in governance. Dig deeper

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. (HT PHOTO.)
Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. (HT PHOTO.)

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has seized properties valued at over 290 crore from an amusement company amid a money laundering probe. The assets, including space in Noida's GIP Mall, were linked to International Amusement Limited. ED provisionally attached properties worth Rs. 291.18 crore, citing violations of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. The firm allegedly duped investors of 400 crore by failing to deliver promised projects in Gurugram. ED alleges funds were diverted for personal gain and accuses promoter directors of tampering with agreements to evade responsibility. Dig deeper

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