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Indian American attorney files suit against client

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NEW JERSEY (Diya TV) — The chairman of the Edison Democratic Organization is being sued right now, but Keith Hahn might be unsure of where he should turn to for legal advice, the plaintiff in the suit, Indian-American attorney Bhavini Shah, is his usual lawyer.

Shah had served the organization as an unpaid attorney, helping to advise the party on legal issues, but when Hahn, a police officer in the town, became the newest chairman of the organization, he told Shah that her services would no longer be required—he further opined that when Shah had missed three of the organization’s meetings, she’d effectively tendered her resignation.

Shah disagrees, claiming that Hahn never told her about the aforementioned meetings, and that only the entire committee, not the chairman, has the right to remove her.

Edison Democratic Organization chairman Keith Hahn, photographed alongside Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump (Photo courtesy of theamericanmirror.com)

Edison Democratic Organization chairman Keith Hahn, photographed alongside Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump (Photo courtesy of theamericanmirror.com)

The political landscape of Edison, and the organization, could at first-hand be easily described as dysfunctional in recent years—it has gone through four mayors in the past four consecutive mayoral terms, feeding the unpredictability of leadership in New Jersey’s fifth-largest township. The power struggle inside of the organization has been put on public display as well, with another election for chairman approaching in June, reports have surfaced revealing Shah has been encouraged to unseat Hahn by administration aide Anthony Russomanno.

“Put simply, I don’t think that the Edison Democratic Organization is a one-man operation,” Shah said. “The chairman making a decision and cowboying this entire organization is not fair to the committee-people.”

Hahn disagreed, and said the lawsuit and power grab from Shah are meant simply as a distraction.

“There’s people who can’t get out of their driveways because they haven’t seen a plow truck in three days and these idiots are wasting everyone’s time and energy on this nonsense,” Hahn said. “Unfortunately for the tax-paying public, some people don’t think the rules apply to them. That’s the culture I’m determined to change.”

Shah has received the endorsement and support of Edison Councilwoman Sapana Shah, they share the same surname, but there is no relation.

“Given Bhavini’s solid professional reputation and her high regard in our community, it’s unconscionable for anyone to demand her resignation let alone try to terminate her from a voluntary position,” said Councilwoman Shah, who is also a member of the organization.

Shah believes Hahn clipped her as the organization’s attorney because he want someone “more in line with his thinking,” she said in a letter sent to committee members after receiving the news of her relieved duty. She said that’s not what a lawyer is for. Her lawsuit seeks no monetary damages, only that the court intervene and reinstate her as the organization’s attorney.

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FTX’s Nishad Singh got $543 million loan

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More fallout from the FTX cryptocurrency platform collapse. Court documents show its affiliate Alameda Research loaned executives like Sam Bankman Fried $1 billion and more than $500 million to Indian American Nishad Singh, FTX’s top engineer. FTX’s interim CEO says never in his career has he seen such complete failure of corporate controls and a complete absence of trustworthy financial information. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after it was unable to come up with customer funds.

Elizabeth Holmes was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after her conviction in January for defrauding investors while running the failed blood testing start up Theranos.In her trial, Holmes alleged she was in the midst of a decade-long abusive relationship with her then-boyfriend and Theranos COO Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani. The Indian American was also found guilty for his role in this fraud and will be sentenced later.

Starting next month, India will assume the G20 presidency for a year and chair more than 200 meetings, leading the way for global economic growth. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country’s leadership here will be inclusive, ambitious, and decisive.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Arvind Venkat & Tarik Khan win Pennsylvania State seats

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – Looking back at the midterm elections, Arvind Venkat and Tarik Khan made history as the first South Asian Americans elected to the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Advocacy group Indian American Impact played a major role on the ground, saying it trained and mobilized 200 volunteers to go door-to-door, to engage voters and provide info they needed to elect new leadership.

After 35 years, the Nancy Pelosi era is officially coming to an end. The speaker from San Francisco announced she’s bowing out of leadership, but will retain her House seat. The midterms cost Pelosi’s Democratic party the House and effectively ended her speakership.

Two former Indian American executives at Meta Platforms will launch a new non fungible token start up for creators. Kirthiga Reddy and Saurabh Doshi have raised more than $8 million for their new company called Virtualness. But they are facing headwinds as the FTX cryptocurrency exchange collapse is putting pressure on the entire industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Meet FTX insider Nishad Singh

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The controversy around failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX continues to captivate the world. Part of the scrutiny is now on the people involved, including Indian American Nishad Singh. According to new reports, this techie was part of FTX’s inner circle, which lived together and ran the cryptocurrency empire from the Bahamas. The software engineer was also reportedly aware that FTX secretly transferred customer funds worth billions of dollars to its sister firm Alameda Research. Currently, no one is facing any criminal charges. Diya TV featured Singh more than a decade ago for running ultra marathons as a 17 year old getting ready for college. 

Former President Donald Trump has officially announced he is running for president in 2024, marking his third bid for the White House. Trump had been hinting at this announcement for months, as the embattled former president faces multiple criminal and civil litigations and as his party is grappling with a worse than expected showing in the midterm elections. 

At the G20 Summit in Bali, world leaders including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Joe Biden are coming together to condemn the rising threat of nuclear weapons as Russia’s war against Ukraine continues to raise tension and anxiety around the world.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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