Manafort Asks Virginia Judge to Dismiss Tax, Bank Fraud Case
Former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort urged a federal judge in Virginia to dismiss tax and bank fraud charges against him, renewing arguments that Special Counsel Robert Mueller went too far by investigating crimes beyond Russian meddling in the election. Mueller exceeded his May 2017 appointment order, which directed him to investigate links or coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly” from his investigation, Manafort argued Tuesday.
India has asked authorities in Hong Kong to arrest jeweler Nirav Modi, one of the main suspects in a $2-billion fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank (PNBK.NS), the government said, suggesting it believes the fugitive is in the Chinese territory.
The whereabouts of Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, the other person accused in India's biggest banking fraud at the country's second-largest state lender, have been unknown since federal police launched an investigation in February.
"The ministry has sought the provisional arrest of Nirav Deepak Modi by the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People's Republic of China," junior foreign minister V.K. Singh told parliament on Thursday.
Dalai Lama calls on Tibetans to remain united as India drifts toward China
The Dalai Lama called on his people to remain united as the Tibetan community gathered on Saturday in a small hill town to mark 60 years of political asylum in India - although just one federal minister appeared at the event.The "Thank You India" event had been scheduled for India's capital, New Delhi, but was shifted to Dharamsala, a small town in the country's north where Tibetans run a government in exile, as India tries to avoid a confrontation with China, which views the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist.
The passports of Modi and Choksi, who both left India before the scandal emerged, have been revoked. Singh said India had submitted the request for Modi's arrest to Hong Kong on Mar. 23.
Modi, who owned a chain of boutiques from New York to Hong Kong, and Choksi are accused of defrauding banks by raising loans from overseas branches of Indian lenders using nearly $2 billion of fraudulent guarantees issued by rogue Punjab National Bank staff at a Mumbai branch.
Modi and Choksi have both denied wrongdoing.
(Reporting by Malini Menon; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Clarence Fernandez)
Runaway train with 1,000 passengers rolls for miles in India .
A disaster was narrowly averted in eastern India Saturday after a runaway train carrying up to 1,000 passengers rolled with speed for several miles before being brought to an emergency stop by railway staff. Video on social media shows the train, which was traveling from the western state of Gujarat to Odisha state in the east, speeding past stations as onlookers and passengers scream helplessly.The train was eventually stopped after railway workers placed wooden wedges on the tracks, bringing it to a crunching halt.