In my email I received a message through Facebook saying that Helen Arianti (from somewhere in England) wanted to be friends with me on Facebook. I checked her Facebook account and found that some of my friends and acquaintances were already on her Facebook friends list. I confirmed.
There was a ‘hello’ from her to which I also responded. Then I received the following message: ‘please contact me on my Email firstname.lastname@example.org i have important matter to discuss with you’. I wrote using my email: ‘Waiting’.
After silence for some time, I received an email from Vina Robbins. As the message was sent using the same email id (email@example.com), I knew it was from Helen Arianti. Her email reads (without any editing):
‘How are you today? I like to be open, i am a woman that have seen life, i have been in the social circle for many years, It really does not matter one’s age or color or achievement, what matters in our life is nothing but Care and expression, expression of the heart
‘This is the most important thing in life, to me the most beautiful thing created by God, is never seen, only felt in the heart, I have been hardworking all my life now, i must think of something better, to enjoy my life and probably have a family ,maybe relocate and start investing in other things Anyway, i like to tell you little about me, My name is Vina Robbins, Am British i lost my only daughter at child birth, Am working as an Senior Audit / banker in Al Rayan Bank formerly Islamic Bank of Britain United Kingdom
‘i was married but my Ex Husband got married to another woman, which caused our divorce, but is ok, since he accused me of been so busy with my work and the bank and its accounting/auditing, that i was not having time for him, but he refused to understand that i was pursing a goal, i told him that soon i would resign and we have enough time for each other but he was impatient, But is over between us, I am happy alone because I have everything i need, This is why I think of relocating to your country to get into investment and maybe own a small company which i can be able to manage Enough of myself, would you tell me more about yourself too???? I like to know you better, what you really do and your position in your work, your marital status and where you reside now
‘I love to hear from you soon’.
Before entering into further communication, I decided to have a good look at her Facebook profile. And lo and behold, the Facebook account of Helen Arianti had vanished. Her two messages in my Facebook message box were marked as ‘spam’.
Madhya Pradesh finance and liquor minister Jayant Malaiya is one of the richest politicians of the State. He was travelling to Delhi along with his politician wife Sudha Malaiya, who is also a consummate danseuse and noted historian. They were travelling in the coupe of a First AC coach of the Jabalpur-Hazrat Nizamuddin Express.
In the wee hours of March 19, as the train was passing along Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh, a group of armed robbers entered their compartment and deprived them of their valuables including a diamond ring. Sudha Malaiya was later quoted by the media as having stated that the robbers had threatened to chop off her finger if she did not remove the costly ring and gave it to them. The Malaiyas lodged a complaint with the Railway Police on reaching Hazrat Nizamuddin.
Now there are always rumours galore when something unusual happens to some big person. Jayant Malaiya surely is a big person as is his wife Sudha Malaiya. And it is not usual for the Malaiyas to be robbed or even cheated, collectively or separately. So it was a perfect subject for the gossip mongers in Bhopal, and may be elsewhere also.
Some were wondering (that is a subtle way of spreading rumours) why one of the seniormost ministers of Madhya Pradesh was travelling by train; even lesser luminaries are known to fly. Since the query was made to start a discussion, soon the gossips were talking that the Minister was carrying a huge amount of money which could have been detected during scanning of baggage at the airport. In a train there was no such fear.
Once it was ‘established’ that the Minister was transporting money, the natural supplementary queries were how much and for whom. One felt that it was the regular money that the ruling party in Madhya Pradesh gives to BJP President Amit Shah for the party fund. An enterprising gossip ventured that it was a ‘special amount’ sent by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to keep Prime Minister Narendra Modi in good humour after the Prime Minister gave a patient hearing to the Congress leaders who were reported to have submitted ‘evidence’ of the involvement of Chouhan and his wife Sadhna Singh Chouhan in the stinking VYAPAM scam. The amount of the money that the Minister was carrying ranged between Rs one crore and five crore.
The most bizarre rumour doing the rounds in Bhopal is that the robbery was planned by the Minister himself. According to this set of cynics, the Minister was not sure that some one in Arvind Kejriwal’s Delhi would not do a sting operation when the Minister was seen carrying suitcase/s with so much money. So he conspired with a trusted courier service to ostensibly rob the train somewhere in Uttar Pradesh and carry his money-filled suitcase/s safely to Delhi by road.
A stroke of genius. Isn’t it? I mean on the part of the rumour monger.
Never heard before that criminal proceedings can be started against a serving Governor but it has happened in Madhya Pradesh. Governor Ram Naresh Yadav is now on the run following institution of criminal proceedings against him for his alleged involvement in what has come to be known as the Professional Examinations Board (PEB) scam. Curiously, the Congress party, too, has turned against Yadav, himself a Congress leader and appointed to Bhopal Raj Bhavan by the Congress-led UPA government — and the BJP is defending him. When the Governor rose to read his customary address at the start of the budget session of the State Assembly on February 18, the Congress members walked out seeking resignation of the Governor (as well as that of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan). The Governor read out the first and last para of the address to the treasury benches and sat down.
Yadav had forfeited the confidence of the State Congress leaders when he adroitly scuttled a discussion on the Congress-sponsored motion of no-confidence in the Chouhan government on the eve of the November 2013 Assembly elections. The distraught Congress, however, could not decide how to react to the Governor’s unexpected move. When the name of a trusted lieutenant of the Governor appeared a year later in connection with what has come to be known as the PEB (Professional Examinations Board) recruitment scam, a feeble appeal was made by some Congress leaders to Yadav to resign on moral grounds.
The alleged involvement of Yadav’s son, Shailesh Yadav, seems to have landed the Governor in a real soup and also emboldened and united the disparate Congress in the State. The Special Task Force (STF) which is probing the PEB scam has made Shailesh Yadav an accused in the teachers’ recruitment scam. The summons issued by the STF were returned by the Raj Bhavan with the remark that Shailesh did not reside there. An STF team was headed for Uttar Pradesh to apprehend Shailesh. Now the Special Task Force (STF) constituted to probe the PEB scam must have found some clinching evidence to proceed against the Governor himself.
At the same time, chief minister Chouhan is also finding himself in greater trouble. His position has been made untenable by a sworn affidavit submitted by AICC general secretary and former Congress chief minister Digvijaya Singh to High Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by a former judge, alleging tampering of evidence by the STF to save the chief minister. Singh later released at a press conference the copy of his affidavit along with the documents he had submitted to the SIT.
In a rare show of unity in the Madhya Pradesh Congress, Digvijaya Singh was accompanied at the press conference by former Union ministers Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia, PCC president Arun Yadav and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Satyadev Katare. Eminent advocate K T S Tulsi was also present. The affidavit says at the end: “vetted and settled by Sh. Kapil Sibal, Senior Advocate”.
According to Digvijaya Singh’s affidavit, the “CM” was deleted and other names were typed 47 times in the computer to show that the illegalities were committed not on instructions of the chief minister but on the instructions of others. At a few places “CM” was replaced by “Uma Bharti” also. He says: “as per law it is mandatory to maintain a record of ‘chain of custody’ of electronic evidence, which encapsulates the persons who handled the specimen/evidence at time of seizure, what was collected, why it was collected, at what time it was handed over to next person for safe custody, to whom it was handed over, and for how long it remained in custody of various officials. The charge-sheet is silent on handling of records from local police, Indore, to Crime Branch, Indore and STF”.