Sanatan Sanstha Working For Hindu Religion, Says Goa MGP Minister Sudin Dhavilkar

PANAJI: Goa minister and Maharashtawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader Sudin Dhavalikar on Tuesday defended the Sanatan Sanstha, saying it is working in the interest of Hindu culture and religion and is not against the country.

The remarks came a day after a news channel, which conducted a sting operation, claimed the Goa-based right-wing outfit enjoyed political patronage due to which it escaped a ban after its alleged role in the 2009 Margao bomb blast.

Also Read: Goa PWD Min Sudin Dhavalikar and family helped raise funds for terror outfit Sanatan Sanstha?

Two suspected Sanatan Sanstha workers had died when a bomb they were ferrying to Margao in Goa accidentally exploded in November 2009.

Police also suspect involvement of activists linked to the Sanatan Sanstha in the killings of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, M M Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh.

However, the outfit, which has its headquarters at Ramnathi village in North Goa district, has denied any involvement in these cases.

When asked about the Sanatan Sanstha’s role in criminal activities, Mr Dhavalikar told reporters in Panaji that investigations were on in various cases and “court will decide whether they (activists of the outfit) were really guilty”.

Also Read: 150 pistols, 100 bombs, 3000 bullets were on the shopping list of arrested hardliners

“Sanatan is doing work for Hindu religion and culture. I don’t think that they are doing any work against the country,” said the leader of the MGP, an ally of the BJP-led state government.

The public works department minister admitted that his family has been associated with the Sanatan Sanstha.

“My family and I are associated with Sanatan to spread Hindu religion. Sanatan doesn’t believe in violence. It is working to spread the Hindu religion and culture and we support all organisations which do similar work,” he said.

Also Read: Sanatan Sanstha like cancer, a killing agency and breeding ground for murderers, ban it, demands Goa-based Sahitya writer Damodar Mauzo

Asked whether he financially supported the organisation, Mr Dhavalikar said “I only give advertisements to it (the outfit’s magazine).”

Notably, MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar, who is Sudin Dhavalikar’s brother, had last month claimed the Sanatan Sanstha was not involved in the killings of rationalists and activists and that some people want to project the outfit as a “wrong-doer”.

Source: PTI

Kyle Ticlo Son of BJP MLA Glen Ticlo was Over-speeding, Going at Nearly 180 km/hr Claim Eyewitnesses to Belagavi Accident

PANAJI: A BMW car of a Goa BJP MLA Glen Ticlo was torched by villagers along the Goa-Belgaum highway, around 50 km from the inter-state border in Karnataka, late yesterday evening after his son who was driving the car met with an accident injuring a local person and killing another.

While the MLA’s son Kyle Ticlo claimed that it was an accident as he lost control of the high-powered BMW, bystanders told IndiaScoops.com that the driver was doing nearly 180 km/hr or even more on a stretch where slums abound and is a known accident-prone zone, since people are always crossing the road on that patch of the highway.

An IndiaScoops.com freelancer reporter from Belagavi who visited the scene of the accident shortly saw an angry mob being lathi-charged by the police. The police used excessive force on the mob, which was protesting due to the fact that there are no proper caution signs or over-speeding warnings on that patch of the NH4, which is frequented by locals, who cross the highway.

Also Read: Goa MLA Glen Ticlo’s BMW Car Set On Fire After Son Kyle Glen Ticlo Kills a Woman, Injures Another In Accident at Belagavi

The MLA, Glenn Ticlo, confirmed the accident to news agency IANS, but said his son was not at fault.

However, bystanders told media persons that the car was being driven at a very high speed.

“The driver was going at a speed far above the permissible limit on that section of the highway. He must have been doing nearly 160 to 180 kms per hour when the accident occurred. It is a clear case of over-speeding, and reckless driving which caused the accident, resulting in the death of one girl and severally injuring her sister,” Hashim Khan, an eyewitness told an IndiaScoops.com stringer who visited the site of the accident about an hour after the accident.

According to a PTI report, MLA Glenn Ticlo’s son Kyle Ticlo mowed down a 20-year-old girl on Goa-Belgaum National Highway 4 around 5 pm on Monday.

Also Read: PICS: Over-speeding Kyle Ticlo, son of Goa BJP MLA Glen Ticlo’s BMW knocks down two sisters in Belagavi, one killed; car set ablaze

The girl succumbed to her injuries when she was taken to a hospital by Kyle.

Her sister, who was accompanying her, has been injured. Read the PTI report here.

The car Kyle was driving, a BMW owned by Glenn Ticlo, was later set ablaze by the angry mob. Locals allege that the police treated the serious accident with ‘kid gloves’ because Kyle called his MLA father who spoke to the Belagavi Police Commissioner on the phone, requesting his support. (See Pics Here)

Kyle was booked for rash and negligent driving, but later granted bail by the court.

“We are right now completing police formalities in Belgaum. Kyle (his son) is fine,” Mr Ticlo was quoted by IANS as saying.

A video clip surfaced showing the car, which is registered in the name of the Goa MLA, being set on fire by a mob.

The clip also shows policemen chasing crowds of stone-throwers.

A counter complaint was filed by Glenn Ticlo against unknown persons for vandalizing his car. One person, who was caught red-handed, has been arrested, reports India Today.

With inputs from PTI, IANS & India Today

Sakshi Maharaj Dares Rahul Gandhi To Challenge Him In 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

UTTAR PRADESH: BJP Member of Parliament Sakshi Maharaj has dared Congress president Rahul Gandhi to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls against him, saying he will leave politics if he defeats him.

“I challenge Rahul Gandhi to contest the 2019 general elections against me (from Unnao). I will leave politics if he wins, but if he loses, he should leave (India) for Italy,” the BJP lawmaker told reporters on Sunday.

The Unnao lawmaker also attacked Mr Gandhi for undertaking Mansarovar Yatra in early September this year, allegedly without maintaining “purity”.

“We are not opposing his yatra. Why will the BJP do so? But it is written in ‘shastra’ (scriptures) that purity is needed for such yatras (pilgrimage). He should have become pure before doing the yatra. No one enters a temple without (maintaining) purity. Darshan is not justified after having non-veg food,” said Sakshi Maharaj.

“He sometimes wears ‘topi’ (skull cap) and then becomes ‘Shiv Bhakt'”, he said taking a dig at Mr Gandhi.

The BJP lawmaker said he would welcome if Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav builds a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Saifai (Etawah).

On whether Ram temple will be a poll issue in the 2019 polls, Sakshi Maharaj said “As of now the issue is ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’ but in ‘yudh’ (war), the issue depends on situation.”

The BJP lawmaker also claimed the opposition’s fear of defeat from the BJP is the reason behind their efforts to forge a pre-poll alliance.

“The opposition is afraid of the BJP and that is why they are talking of grand alliance,” he added.

Source: PTI

Gauri Lankesh murder: Sensational disclosure by accused, says cops offered Rs 25 lakh to confess to murder

In a sensational disclosure, a suspect accused in Gauri Lankesh murder case has alleged that the Karnataka police offered him Rs 25 lakh to confess and admit that he had killed the activist-journalist last year. Another suspect claimed that the police forced him to accept the charges by threatening his family.

Parashuram Waghmare, one of the alleged shooters, while being taken to court, told NDTV that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) offered him Rs 25 lakh to accept the crime. Another suspect Manohar Edave denied his involvement in the case and said that the police threatened to incriminate his family and friends unless he confessed to the murder.

Waghmare and Edave are among 12 people arrested in connection with the murder of journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh.

Lankesh, a fierce critic of the right-wing politics, was murdered outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar on 5 September 2017. In June 2018, the SIT said that Parashuram Waghmore confessed to the murder and alleged that he was told to kill someone to save his religion, and mentioned that he did not know who the victim was.

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad took custody of two accused this month arrested for Lankesh murder in order to interrogate them in connection with the alleged plot to conduct disruptive activities in Maharashtra.

Last month, Maharashtra police Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested three members of a suspected right-wing Hindutva outfit and seized a huge cache of weapons and explosives. Sudhanwa Gondhalekar, one of the arrested men reportedly confessed to his role in the murder of Lankesh as well as rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and MM Kalburgi.

It has been alleged that the arrested men have ties with radical Hindu outfit Sanatan Sanstha which was founded by ‘hypnotherapist’ Jayant Balaji Athavale in 1999.

Source: Times Now

Open letter from Flynn Remedios to Pratik Sinha of Altnews regarding a one-sided, factually incorrect story

(This email was sent to us by Flynn Remedios – a regular contributor to IndiaScoops.com and our social media expert. We have published it as is)

To

The Editor & Publisher

AltNews.in

 

To

Pratik Sinha

Altnews.in

Dear Pratik,

I am a daily reader of your esteemed website Altnews.in and have great respect and regard for your investigative reporting which has helped unravel and bust several instances of fake news and fake propaganda.

However, I never expected that “one day” I would become a “victim” of your investigative reporting, without you bothering to get any clarification from my end or taking/giving me adequate time to respond to your queries, even if you tried to contact me via any of my social media profiles.

In fact, I had contacted you via your Facebook profile some time ago and requested you to share your contact number as I wanted to discuss a certain story. If I remember correctly – my memory fails me at times as I am getting ‘old’, we even did speak on phone approximately about a year ago.

I am shocked at your story which makes incorrect, wild and highly defamatory allegations against me which have no connection or context with the current situation at hand – the publication of certain articles on a website IndiaScoops.com with which I am editorially connected though not on a daily or regular basis.

Your allegations and references are totally one-sided and biased. Every statement and allegation is totally biased and one-sided and in the interest of justice, I wish and request you to set the record straight and do justice to me.

I have been a journalist for the last 26-28 years. I first started writing for The Daily (during Rajiv Bajaj’s time) and for The Blitz (during Russi Karanjia’s time) as a freelancer, in or around the 1990s, where I covered Politics, Bollywood and City News.

I do not want you to spend your precious time reading my entire bio data, but I have written (as a freelancer or retainer) for Business India, Financial Express, Business Standard etc., on subjects like Information Tech and Finance and publications like Afternoon, Current (Magazine), Mid-day, etc., during 1990 to 1993. I joined Gentleman Magazine and Business Computer (an Indian Express publication) as an employee in 1993-4, before the Express group split into Indian Express and The New Indian Express. I was part of the Nusli Wadia (he was a director on board) core team for a short while.

I covered the Stock Markets for The Asian Age and also did general reporting. I worked (full-time as an employee) with The Sunday Observer, The Indian Express, The Economic Times, Showtime and Island (Magna Group) for varying periods of time. I was associated with The Stock Exchange, Mumbai as an Information Technology analyst and IT auditor and also wrote for the Stock Exchange‘s in-house publications. The concerned people are long retired and some of them may have passed away. This was in 2001-2003.

I have co-authored or ghost written or helped edit/ sub books on IT (C, C++, Network Security) written by the very famous internet guru the late Vijay Mukhi, during 1993-96, under whom I learnt programming languages like C, C++, Assembly (language) etc. I was part of the initial IT industry movement in India in the 1990-1999 with stalwarts like the late Dewang Mehta, Vijay Mukhi, Raj Saraf (founder owner of Zenith Computers) and Harish Mehta (founder of formerly Onward Novell). Due to my association with Vijay Mukhi for 4-6 years, I mastered computers and computer networking and also hacking. I have assisted the Mumbai Cyber Crime cell in 2001 and the IPS College at Hyderabad where I was a visiting lecturer on hacking techniques.

I have also lectured at IIM Ahmedabad on hacking. This can be verified by the news links prominently published on India Today, Times of India, Wired Magazine etc. In 2000-1, I was an adviser to the Maharashtra government on Cyber Crime when most people in India did not know what it was.

I was part of the tech consulting team when the Information Technology Act was first formulated. I am enclosing some links below to prove my claims. Since you have spent so much space on running me down, I think it is just fair that you publish my achievements and detailed tech knowledge as well, or else, I will consider it a fit case for defamation. The articles were published below in 2001. I was a columnist for several publications in 1999 and 2001 on Tech subjects. Some of the links are below:

https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/crime/story/20010827-mumbai-police-catch-two-hackers-boast-internet-is-no-longer-a-safe-haven-for-criminals-774065-2001-08-27

https://www.wired.com/2001/07/india-hackers-scared-straight/

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Police-used-third-degree-methods-on-hackers/articleshow/97102008.cms

I was a techno-legal consultant and a practicing advocate as well, for a short while.

However due to personal reasons, I returned my sanad (license to practice issued by the Bar Council)  and stopped practicing law. I still do non-lit work, like drafting or editing and sub-editing plaints and legal notices for several senior counsel in Mumbai.

Unfortunately, most of the news links prior to 2003-5 are no longer online and many of the other websites are non-functional and news portals like The Times of India, The Economic Times, Indian Express, etc., have removed or archived older articles.

I worked with Rahul Mahajan (not officially his company on paper) in a company India Online Network Ltd as vice president projects, for a short while, which can be proved by the article here published in 2001.

http://www.networkmagazineindia.com/200109/case1.htm

I have also worked with the late Pramod Mahajan for a short while

I have worked with the Reliance Group as a freelance consultant, when Shri Dhriubhani Ambani was heading the company in the early 1990s on some very special projects.

The article on Rafale which is at the centre of the storm is based on voice recordings of the concerned persons. Indiascoops.com has proof to prove their claims. And the editor Megha Chaudhary can give you more details on this. I partially worked on this article which was co-authored by 3 people.

I am replying to your individual claims and allegations individually as below: My replies are in red and bold / italics below the text of your story published on Altnews.in.

I kindly request you to publish this clarification as is, since you have given so much space to accusing an otherwise simple, ordinary and aging ‘journalist and publicist’.

The text of the Altnews.in article is reproduced below: 

IndiaScoops is a website that recently came under the scanner after it published a report which claimed that 35 lakh rupees had been spent by the PMO for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s yoga video and photoshoot on International Yoga Day on June 21. An RTI report had subsequently confirmed that this claim is false. This false report was shared by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor among others critical of PM Modi.

The story clearly mentions that it was based on hearsay and speculations made by a PMO source on the telephone. It does not claim to be gospel truth. Also the article clearly states that the alleged amount of Rs 35 lakh was not necessarily spent on shooting the video, but was all inclusive of promotion of the video on various TV channels that ran it prominently. I am not connected to indiascoops.com on a daily basis, though I am associated with them as I handle social media for them and also occasionally write for them on certain subjects. The website indiascoops.com is managed by an independent team of writers, of whom I am one of the contributors and founding members.

This report was refuted by the Government which emphatically stated that it is untrue. On September 24, another article by IndiaScoops was shared by Congress social media head Divya Spandana who tweeted a link according to which ‘two top technical heads at Dassault Aviation’ had spoken to IndiaScoops and claimed that “the entire technical staff team at Dassault Aviation were unhappy with the move to drop the Indian PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd(HAL) and go ahead with Reliance Defence Ltd.”

This article by IndiaScoops served as ammunition for the opposition. Many verified handles on Twitter had shared the link to this article in the midst of the Rafale controversy.

Since IndiaScoops is a website that has been caught spreading fake news earlier, Alt News decided to investigate the origin of the website and the entity behind its operation. What we found was a complex maze of dubious websites and user accounts with shadowy operations.

I am not the right person to defend Indiascoops.com and you should contact the editor, but since I write for them and also handle their social media, in all fairness before you state that indiascoops.com has been caught spreading fake news, please show me one fake article. There may be unverified news which has been clearly stated so in the articles, but no articles are fake to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Alt News investigates

On Twitter, using a date filter, we found that the first tweets to the IndiaScoops website were from the Twitter account @IndiaScribesTV. These dated back to the first week of May this year. We checked this Twitter account and found that it is the account of a website named IndiaScribes.

On opening the website, we found that the two websites, IndiaScoops and IndiaScribes were near-identical in their format and user interface, suggesting that the two websites are run by the same entity.

The IndiaScribes website mentions one Flynn Remedios as the editor and publisher. The website is not fully functional. Clicking on the ‘About Us’ section results in a ‘404-file not found’ error.

I cannot afford to maintain IndiaScribes.com since I have no funds and no sponsors and hence it is non-functional or partially functional.

Alt News found that the Facebook page of IndiaScoops started off as a fan page of model and actor Arshi Khan. It was later renamed multiple times. This has been earlier revealed by OpIndia.com. At the time of writing, the page had been deleted.

The page is not deleted. It was mass-reported by bhakts and BJP trolls in an organised and concerted campaign on 25 and 26 Sept and hence has been unpublished by Facebook. I have appealed the decision of FB to unpublish my page – which I handle on their behalf, based on fake reporting by paid trolls belonging to one particular political party and I am awaiting the appeal process.

I used to handle PR, publicity and other activities for Arshi Khan till March 2018 to augment my income. The page was an Arshi Khan Bigg Boss fan page when she was in Bigg Boss and I sold it to indiascoops.com in May 2018, after it was no longer required after the show was over. Besides Arshi Khan created a new page and got it verified and wanted to handle it herself.  This is not a crime in any way and is a common practice in the social media circuit. 

We also looked at all those who were sharing links to IndiaScoops articles on various social media platforms, and came across a group on Facebook called Mumbaiwalla. We found that here too, a majority of the posts were by a Facebook user, Flynn Remedios.

We also came across a domain name themumbaiwalla.com on DomainBigData and found that it is registered in the name of Flynn Remedios. Additionally, the phone number mentioned on the Mumbaiwalla Facebook page too is registered in the name of Flynn Remedios according to Truecaller.

Furthermore, we also found that the same phone number has been shared by another Twitter account called IndyaNewz.

The said number used to belong to me till about 3 years ago. It now has been re-cycled by the operator and belongs to someone else.

Moreover, we discovered that one of the earliest tweets on the IndiaScribes account pointed to the IndyaNewz website. This website is no longer operational. We searched the details of this website on domainbigdata.com which is a repository of historical information for different domain names. Here, we found that IndyaNewz is also registered in the name of Flynn Remedios.

This helped establish the fact that Flynn Remedios is the person who is running the IndiaScoops website.

I have already stated above that I handle social media and occasionally write for indiascoops.com and am part of the founding team.

Who is Flynn Remedios

According to this profile on Facebook, Remedios is a journalist, editor, social media guru and managing editor/publisher of IndiaScribes. We searched for Flynn Remedios on Twitter and came across an account where he again describes himself as the editor of IndiaScribes. We found that this account is not active: the last tweet is of January 10, 2018.

We then searched for Flynn Remedios on the professional networking site LinkedIn and found that there were four profiles by the name.

Intriguingly, we did not come across a single photograph of this person. The only photographs we found on his name were of female models and actors.

A tangled web of dubious portals

One of his LinkedIn profiles refers to his professional history and shows that he was also managing editor of multiple websites like IndyaWire, IndiaNewsInfo and IndiaNewsNet among others. Alt News found that these websites are no longer functional.

Just because they (the websites) feature Bollywood gossip and bikini images which are used by all top film and news portals, why are they dubious portals. Websites which are operated by me individually do mention my name and contact email id. Does that make them dubious? This is clear attempt at one-sided defamation without ascertaining the full truth. For your kind information, top news portals purchase images or give me a back link credit when using my images in their stories? Just because a subject does not appeal to you or is not your cup of tea, does it become dubious.

In one of his LinkedIn profiles, Remedios has been designated as the editor and CEO of Futuristic Media Network. This took us to a Blogger profile by the name of Futuristic Media Network. Here, we found a plethora of links to blogs which mostly deal with Bollywood gossip. Many of these blogs date back to 2007 and 2008. Intriguingly, we found articles from The Economic Times dating back to 1997 which were authored by Flynn Remedios. However, there is not a single verifiable social media account of this person that we came across.

This blog list took us to yet another website, Newz66, which is again operated by Flynn Remedios. This website too is no longer operational. The archived version can be accessed here. It mentions Remedios as the editor and publisher of Newz66.

Our research led us to conclude that all these questionable websites which have similar templates are being operated by a single entity, Flynn Remedios. These websites are full of sensational content. The titles of the articles published on these websites are click-bait in nature, there are no references to the claims made in the reports.

Is it a crime to publish gossip or filmy news in India? I have also been a film journalist in the past and also handle PR for artistes and Tv personalities (to augment my personal income as one cannot at all survive as a free lance journalist in India.) Is that a crime? You have used the word sensational content. Please clarify. Is publishing bikini images a crime? I am also a freelance photographer and do photo shoots –and publish them on my websites. Many models cannot pay for their photo shoots during their initial struggling days and also want to get noticed online. So please tell me if doing a bikini or glamour shoot and publishing a few images online, is in anyway a crime in India?  For your kind information, publications and media houses like the Times of India, India Today, Hungama.com etc and content providers and content aggregators  like Rediff, Santabanta.com, Yahoo and MSN pay the photographers huge amounts for such shoots. Is it illegal to do this, as has been implied in your article?

Sensationalism and fake news

All the websites operated by Flynn Remedios are replete with articles on Bollywood actors and models, apart from a few reports on politics. Many of the stories are make-believe; for example, on the IndiaScoops website, we found numerous ‘news reports’ on Flynn Remedios himself which make rather bizarre claims.

Why can’t I promote myself or my business as a PR, photographer and publicist? What bizarre claims have been made? Instead in my humble opinion, it is Altnews that is resorting to sensationalizing this story without waiting for a response from me.

Alt News spoke to actor Arshi Khan who confirmed that Remedios is not her publicist. “I am not associated with him in any way. He is a controversial person who keeps making false claims about me. He is neither my manager nor my PR agent.” On being asked as to why there are links to IndiaScribes on her Twitter account, she stated that she did not have a Twitter account when she first appeared on Bigg Boss, and that the account in her name was created and operated by Remedios without her knowledge. She later managed to retrieve her Twitter account from him.

I spoke to Arshi Khan and she has completely denied saying this. She told me she only said I no longer handle her PR and work, which is true. I have WhatsApp print screens to prove this. However, I still handle some legal issues for her. Just today I attended the court of The Competent Authority (Rent Act) at Mumbai (Konkan Division) to submit an application on Arshi Khan’s behalf. I am not handling her PR and work as a manager right now, due to certain issues which are privileged and private between us and hence I do not want to specify here. Besides, due to my health (I suffer from diabetes, asthma and other health problems) and my age, I am not able to run around as events and appearances for a celebrity need a younger person who can run around more.

Arshi Khan told me clearly that she has been misquoted by your website and she never said the above. Whatever the truth, I have mentioned my side of the story. I created and managed her Twitter account till Feb 2018, after which I mutually handed it over to her. The statement above that her Twitter account was managed without her knowledge was completely false. Since the last one year, I have not posted any news on Arshi Khan. I handled her PR when she was in the Bigg Boss house and for two months after that and all content published on her was with her explicit consent. We are in regular touch with each other and are good friends. She considers me as her father and I treat her like my daughter, because of our age difference.

This is hardly surprising, as Remedios had earlier claimed to be the agent of actor Rakhi Sawant, which was rubbished by the actor in 2011, “This Flynn guy had been calling me, posing as a journalist first and extracting information about my work, in the garb of taking my interviews. Later, when I learnt that he was incorrectly claiming to be my publicist, I stopped speaking to him and taking his calls. He has never been my publicist, but keeps issuing fake statements on my behalf”.

I worked with Rakhi Sawant in 2005 for about 2 months. She gave me a cheque from PNB and I can search and provide records of the same. After which I went to Delhi to work with Anil Ambani. If you may recollect the Ambani brothers were at war in 2005, for distribution or share holding of the business and I was part of the Anil Ambani team for a short while of about 2 months. Tony Jesudasan of Team Anil Ambani and Mrs Olga Tellis, former Editor of The Asian Age can confirm this if required.

 I also wrote a book titled “Brothers in Arms” on the battle between the two Ambani Brothers based on my experiences, where I interviewed several journalists covering the Ambani war at that time. This was covered in a column in the Deccan Herald or Deccan Chronicle – I don’t exactly remember, which I think has been removed or is no longer available online.

This was in June-July 2005, after the two Ambani brothers reconciled and came to a settlement. The book was never published as no publisher was willing to publish such a book that was not particularly favourable to the Ambani clan, particularly after they had sorted out their differences to a larger extent.

The above quote by Rakhi Sawant is dated 2011, six years after I ceased working with her and was given to the publication by a rival publicist who was later on handling Rakhi Sawant at that time in 2011, due to professional rivalry. I was with Rakhi Sawant for only 2 months as her PR, but that is a fact and I stand by it. I wonder how this is relevant to this article on Altnews, but without knowing the entire context you have used this old article or snippet – which in itself is one sided and does not have my side of the story –  about 8 years old to try and prove that I peddle fake news, which is editorially and ethically incorrect.

Remedios was also in the news in 2010 when Ritu Sachdeva, a Kannada model and actor had accused him of duping her of Rs.4 lakh with the promise that he would guarantee her a break on Bigg Boss. A police complaint had been filed against him.

This was in 2008. I shot, edited and released 4 music videos for Ritu Sachdev, which in my opinion was worth the money she paid me. She did not give me Rs 4 lakhs but had paid a much lesser amount.  The model filed a fake complaint and the matter was eventually dismissed by the court. I am not aware of any latest developments but this was 10 years ago.

Alt News also found that Flynn Remedios tries to contact young female models/actors on Facebook, and the common theme of these comments is that he is going to publish an article/interview of that person, and asks them to personally message him.

This is done my most journalists who do not have a contact number of a person they seek to interview. If I message a model on Facebook since I am a freelance journalist and PR, I am legitimately doing my business. Is that a crime?

Your article mentions legitimate business activity and tries to portray it as a crime or criminal activity.  You have published my private conversations on Facebook. That is a breach of privacy and if you could get these private FB conversations, why couldn’t you reach me or wait for a reasonable time frame till I could respond. I take strong objection to this tactic used by you / Altnews.

Alt News found that the extent of this dubious operation by Flynn Remedios which spans across several questionable websites, is staggering.

Specify the “dubious operation” in detail as alleged above? Don’t make wild, baseless allegations. Running Bollywood websites anonymously is not at all a dubious activity, as falsely alleged by you. I have a right to protect my privacy online. This is my fundamental right. Your own website Altnews only mentions a contact email id. Which I have also done on my sites.

Apart from Bollywood gossip, a new area of operation appears to be fake news around politics and policy. Considering the opacity with which the PMO operates and the secrecy around defence agreements, it is ludicrous and plain inconceivable that an obscure website like IndiaScoops would manage to access sensitive details concerning the money spent on either the Yoga video or the Rafale deal.

Dear Altnews, please wait, there is much more to come. I have worked with the Ambanis’, on some “special projects”, but due to certain professional ethics and my respect for the patriarch, the late Dhirubhai Ambani, I am not opening my mouth, which if I did, would shake the industry today.

It has been observed that public figures active on social media have repeatedly shared content from such obscure websites owing to confirmation bias, thus providing traction to these fraudulent websites.

Your article has gone to great lengths to defame me in this story and have published all material that is defamatory to me, without waiting for a clarification or digging deeper or publishing the positive aspects. I have sent you news links to prove my claims.

In the earlier years from 1990 to 2002, there were no websites or news portals for the publications I worked for, like there are today, or for that matter FB was also practically unknown, or in other cases my articles and content has been removed and hence my professional achievements are not online. My investigative journalism articles published in The BlitzThe Daily and Island Magazine before 1996 are hence not available online. This does not in any way mean that I have not been a full time mainline journalist and your article does not mention that at all.

Finally, I have worked with the Reliance Group on some very special projects, approximately 20 or 21 years ago (don’t remember exact dates) and again in 2005. If I open my mouth, the mountains will fall….

I have not responded to articles by websites like OpIndia, MyNation, RightLog etc., as these websites are BJP right-wing propaganda machines and are funded and supported by the BJP or pro-right or pro-BJP teams. The people who write for them are relative amateurs and have no idea of “what really lies beneath”.

I am not Anil Ambani’s enemy or anti-Modi or anti BJP – many of my friends are BJP local leaders in Mumbai, but as a writer and citizen of democratic India, I have a right to express my views.

Unfortunately, these above websites like OpIndia and MyNation are managed or owned by my former colleagues or professional contacts, with whom I have interacted with in the past.

It is a sad state of affairs in India today, where the world of journalists has got divided into two sides – BJP or right-wingers and left or liberal or Congress sympathizers.  Journalism in India has got split down the middle – either you are pro-Modi or anti-Modi.

There was a time in the late 1990s and even before the Modi era, when we as journalists never bothered which political party you sympathized with -that was totally personal and private

But a respectable and impartial website like Altnews.in, which I hold in great esteem runs such a one-sided, defamatory story is very hard to digest, dear Pratik?

Please, publish this email in totality, in the interest of justice, failing which I will be compelled to take appropriate legal action – both civil and criminal against the one-sided original story published by Altnews, that is completely and factually incorrect and makes wild allegations and insinuations, based on coincidences and conjecture.

Thanking you

Flynn Remedios

HAL Lost Rafale Deal as it Quoted ‘257 Man-hours’ For Job Dassault Said Could be Done in 100: Minister

New Delhi: Wading into the Rafale jets controversy, Union Minister Babul Supriyo Thursday indicated that Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) lost on the deal because it quoted 2.57 times more man-hours to build fighter jets.

While HAL was to produce 108 fighter jets locally in a joint venture with French firm Dassault Aviation in the deal for 126 Rafale jets that the previous UPA regime had negotiated. The state-owned firm, however, was left out in the deal as the present government signed to buy 36 fighter jets in ‘fly-away’ condition from France.

Minister of State for Heavy Industries Supriyo, speaking at a conference on public sector enterprises organised by CII here, said HAL quoted “257 man-hours” for a job Dassault said could be done in “100 man-hours”.

For the production of Rafale fighter jets, “when Dassault said they needed 100 man hours, HAL said they needed 257, so that is indeed a big factor,” he said.

Stating that there may be political controversies over the issue, the minister said his limited point was about economics.

“I am just saying that we need to definitely look into why something that can be made in 100 hours would require 257 hours. Are we faltering somewhere. Can we bring it down? Can we negotiate on that? These are small areas that need to be looked into,” he said.

“So that is the question that all of us need to answer and that is where the government is trying their very best to support and push those public sector enterprises which need that support by the infusion of funds or the right injection at the right time – be it funds or any R&D.”

Later speaking to PTI, the minister clarified that his remarks were directed at the PSUs to assess how to match with their private peers in a time of globalisation.

HAL is a Bengaluru-based defence public sector unit and does not come under his department.

Source: PTI

After Aneesha Singh Sharma, Classical Singer Razia Nair Rao accuses Anup Jalota of hitting on her

When IndiaScoops.com put out on Twitter a bounty of Rs 2 lakh for women reporting Bhajan King Anup Jalota’s philandering ways, we never expected that within 24 hours we would get a woman coming forward to report her experiences with the king of devotional music in India. Here is the bounty notice on Twitter which was put up yesterday:

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A Mumbai-based singer and model Razia Nair Rao told IndiaScoops.com that Anup Jalota was hitting on her when she was learning Indian classical music in Mumbai about 3 years ago.

Also Read: Razia Nair-Rao’s nude images leaked on FB

“He used to send me dozens of Whats App messages every day. He even invited me to his house to have sex with him and promised to get me a role as a playback singer in a big production house owned by a Bollywood star in Mumbai. He was adamant and very persistent. But I moved to the south (Hyderabad) and changed my mobile number. That is when the messages and calls stopped, ” Razia told IndiaScoops.com.

Also Read: Well-known TV actor threatens to kill ex-gf, damages her car, after singer reports him to cops

She has alleged that about 10 girls or women had complained in the last two years and accused Anup Jalota of “acting fresh” with them. Razia was in the news a couple of months ago, when her bikini, bedroom and nude pictures got leaked on social media, the victim model alleged in a written complaint to the Mumbai police.

Also Read: Razia Nair Rao accuses Panvel bizman of molestation

The images which were leaked by her ex-boyfriend who is also part of the Bollywood circuit, had gone viral on social media, the model claimed in her written police complaint, a copy of which is with IndiaScoops.com.

Speaking to IndiaScoops.com, the actress Razia Nair Rao had accused her ex-boyfriend who is a well-known TV actor of leaking her nude pix on social media. The leaked pix can be viewed here.

A local BJP leader from Panvel who is also a developer and builder was arrested under rape charges when Razia alleged he molested and sexually abused her while she was attached with a fashion institute run by him.  (Read Here)

Jasleen Matharu Says She Is Single-Ready To Mingle: Was Looking For BF Online In One-Year-Old Video

Life seems beautiful and adventurous because Bigg Boss 12 has started! Chai pe adda has now got tonnes of new topics and 9pm has got a whole new meaning altogether! It has hardly been 4 episodes of Bigg Boss that has been aired and the show is already a superhit, thanks to its unique concept of ‘vichitra jodis’!

The very mention of these two words- vichitra jodi makes you remember one couple name for sure without having to give it much thought. The mention is of none other than the vichitra couple, yesteryear devotional singer, 65-year-old Anup Jalota and his 28-year-old muse, Jasleen Matharu.

Ever since the world caught a glimpse of this couple, everybody has been giving ‘fishy views’ about this odd pair.

Remember, before entering the Bigg Boss 12 house, Jasleen had shared with The Times of India that Anup Jalota and she have been dating for the past three-and-a-half years?

This is what she had shared, “This is going to come as a huge shock to my parents and friends as no one is aware of my relationship with Anup Jalota ji. We have been dating each other for the last three and a half years. We usually don’t get time to spend with each other in the outside world due to our busy schedules, but now with the help of Bigg Boss, we will get to do so. Also, we will get to know if we can stay together forever”.

But we have something very interesting for you here! A one-year-old video of Jasleen has it that she is “single and ready to mingle”, while looking for a boyfriend online! In the video, you will see her saying, “Toh kya koi hai, jo mere layak hai aur mera boyfriend banna chahta hai? (So, is there someone capable who can be my boyfriend?) Because I need a sweet, caring and understanding boy.”

She further added that she wants to shower her boyfriend with loads of hugs and kisses!

Well, if this video is one-year-old, was it all fake when she had shared that she and Anup Jalota have been dating for three-and-a-half years? Well, this calls for some thought!

Meanwhile,  an aspiring singer and model  Aneesha Singh Sharma has alleged that Jalota’s girlfriend Jasleen Matharu was pregnant and even had an abortion last year (Read Full Story Here). The incident was preceded by a big fight between the two love-birds, she told IndiaScoops.com in an exclusive interview. She also claimed that Jasleen’s family had disowned her and asked her to leave the family home (Read Here)

Aneesha has alleged Jalota threatened to kill her (Read Here) if she went to the cops about their relationship. She has submitted a written complaint through her lawyer to the cops.

The police are investigating the matter and have sent letters to Jalota’s residence and even to the Bigg Boss house, asking the Bhajan maestro to join the investigation and appear before the investigating officer in person to record his statement (Read Here).

The aspiring singer and model has had a controversial past. She was in the news months ago, when her intimate images were leaked by a fake casting director who allegedly claimed to be a film director and producer (Read Here).

She was also the talk of the town on social media when her n*de images went viral on Facebook (See pics here).

She has also claimed that the Bhajan guru and his student had discussed about revealing the status of their relationship on the first day of the show. According to her interview with IndiaScoops.com, Jasleen was not in favor of spilling the beans on the first day.

She wanted to show the world that the two found love on the show, after being locked up in the Bigg Boss house for weeks together. But the makers of the show had other plans. Read the full story here.

Facing a lot of humiliation from our relatives: Bigg Boss 12’s Jasleen Matharu’s father Kesar Matharu on his daughter’s affair with Anup Jalota

Bigg Boss 12 contestants Anup Jalota and Jasleen Matharu’s vichitra jodi has taken the social media by storm ever since they entered the Bigg Boss house.

The 65-year-old veteran singer and his 28-year-old partner admitted on national television of being in a relationship for the past 3 years. The revelation has come as a huge shock for Jasleen’s father who refuses to accept his daughter’s relationship with Anup Jalota.

“I am hurt and I would never accept their relationship. We were not informed that she is dating Anup Jalota. We were told that they were going inside as guru-shishya Jodi. I was shocked and was surprised when she spoke about being in a relationship with him for the past 3 years. I am getting calls from my relatives who are asking me if the news is true. They are telling me how did I allow her to have an affair with him. Woh bolte hain humari beti hoti toh hum kaat ke phek dete (had jasleen been their daughter they would have killed her). But I don’t think I have the right to do that. I will never do that to my daughter. I know she has done a mistake and I pray to God that she changes her decision after coming out of the house,” shared Kesar Matharu.

Jasleen’s father also added that their relatives have been taunting them and it has become difficult to step out and meet people, “As a father I have always supported Jasleen and have brought her up like a son. I got her trained in kick-boxing, she wanted to learn singing I supported her in that too. But now my relatives taunt me by saying that she has taken advantage of the freedom given to her. As a father I will always pray for her well-being and want her to grow in life, but I will never accept her relationship. Her mother and I are equally hurt. She has stopped talking to me since the time she saw them on Bigg Boss 12. We are not able to go out as wherever we go people ask us about Jasleen and Anup,” stated an upset Kesar.

Kesar Matharu says he would stop talking to his daughter if she admits to her relationship with Anup Jalota, “I want to speak to her once she comes out of the house to know exactly if all this is true and if the news of their relationship is really true and she wants to continue with him, I won’t tell her anything. I will just stop talking to her and would maintain a distance from her. As we belong to a very reputed family and it is not possible for me to accept their relationship,” he said.

He also added that he has known Anup Jalota for the past 35 years and had introduced Jasleen to him 4 years ago to get trained in singing under his guidance, “I also belong to Bollywood, I am a director and have known Anup ji for the last 35 years. I have known him from the time when he was not the bhajan samrat and was struggling to get his foothold. I had no idea that they were dating each other. All this while he kept visiting our house and we also met him at many occasions,” he said.

When asked about seeing Jasleen on such a big platform, her father said, “I think Bigg Boss is a biggest platform any artist can get. When she told us that she would be going on the show, we were very happy that we would get to see her on such a big reality show. She is a very talented girl and I would want everyone to know her because of that and not for her relationship. I want Jasleen to motivate others with her singing talent and do well on the show. Though I am upset, it feels good when I see her doing household chores on TV. She never entered kitchen as she did not have time. But her mother used to always tell her that she should learn doing some ghar ka kaam… I feel extremely nice when I see her participating in kitchen duties or helping others.

Meanwhile,  an aspiring singer and model  Aneesha Singh Sharma has alleged that Jalota’s girlfriend Jasleen Matharu was pregnant and even had an abortion last year (Read Full Story Here). The incident was preceded by a big fight between the two love-birds, she told IndiaScoops.com in an exclusive interview. She also claimed that Jasleen’s family had disowned her and asked her to leave the family home (Read Here)

Aneesha has alleged Jalota threatened to kill her (Read Here) if she went to the cops about their relationship. She has submitted a written complaint through her lawyer to the cops.

The police are investigating the matter and have sent letters to Jalota’s residence and even to the Bigg Boss house, asking the Bhajan maestro to join the investigation and appear before the investigating officer in person to record his statement (Read Here).

The aspiring singer and model has had a controversial past. She was in the news months ago, when her intimate images were leaked by a fake casting director who allegedly claimed to be a film director and producer (Read Here).

She was also the talk of the town on social media when her n*de images went viral on Facebook (See pics here).

She has also claimed that the Bhajan guru and his student had discussed about revealing the status of their relationship on the first day of the show. According to her interview with IndiaScoops.com, Jasleen was not in favor of spilling the beans on the first day. She wanted to show the world that the two found love on the show, after being locked up in the Bigg Boss house for weeks together. But the makers of the show had other plans. Read the full story here.

Bigg Boss 12: Jasleen Matharu’s family threatened to disown her, throw her out because of her relationship with Anup Jalota

Aneesha Singh Sharma has revealed that Jasleen Matharu’s family had threatened to disown her and throw her out of the family home, because of her affair with Bhajan King Anup Jalota.

Speaking to IndiaScoops.com on phone from the USA where she is currently studying western classical music at a world-famous institute, she said:

“One day Jalota ji told me that he is looking for a flat for Jasleen. The duo had planned to move into their own love-nest, primarily because Jasleen’s family did not approve of her relationship with the Bhajan King.” Jalota even told Aneesha that her family had disowned her and had asked her to leave the family home.

has alleged that Jalota’s girlfriend Jasleen Matharu was pregnant and even had an abortion last year (Read Full Story Here). The incident was preceded by a big fight between the two love-birds, she told IndiaScoops.com in an exclusive interview.

Aneesha has alleged Jalota threatened to kill her (Read Here) if she went to the cops about their relationship. She has submitted a written complaint through her lawyer to the cops.

The police are investigating the matter and have sent letters to Jalota’s residence and even to the Bigg Boss house, asking the Bhajan maestro to join the investigation and appear before the investigating officer in person to record his statement (Read Here).

The aspiring singer and model has had a controversial past. She was in the news months ago, when her intimate images were leaked by a fake casting director who allegedly claimed to be a film director and producer (Read Here).

She was also the talk of the town on social media when her n*de images went viral on Facebook (See pics here).

She has also claimed that the Bhajan guru and his student had discussed about revealing the status of their relationship on the first day of the show. According to her interview with IndiaScoops.com, Jasleen was not in favor of spilling the beans on the first day. She wanted to show the world that the two found love on the show, after being locked up in the Bigg Boss house for weeks together. But the makers of the show had other plans. Read the full story here.

As per a Hindustan Times report, Jasleen’s father, Kesar Matharu was all furious while talking about their relationship. He had stated, “My relatives are saying you should not let your daughter enter the house. Someone was saying- had she been my daughter, I would have killed her. I don’t believe in such drastic steps. We don’t have any right to take our kids’ life, but if she has made a mistake, she will have to face the repercussions”.

In yet another interview with Aaj Tak, he had shared, “I had no clue about this. I was told they were entering as guru-shishya jodi. She never told me about this. When they made the announcement, my entire family couldn’t believe their eyes. We all got very angry. Within ten minutes, I started getting calls from friends. My wife, while watching the show, got up and went inside. It was very unexpected”.

And further added, “He kept coming to our house, but I could never sense there is something cooking between the two. We never came to know when all this started”.