DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES JOURNALISM OF COURAGE `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 PANGONG SOUTH BANK, REQIN LA ARE NEW FLASHPOINTS Indian troops moved at two LAC locations on two different days to foil incursion bids by China Rajnath chairs meeting of military brass, heads to Moscow today for SCO defence meeting; Delhi, Beijing trade charges NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 NEWDELHIandBeijingengaged in a war of words Tuesday and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chairedameetingof themilitary brassafterIndiantroops,thwarting Chinese manoeuvres at two places in Ladakh on two different days, occupied “tactical features” for area domination. Indian Army sources confirmed that the pre-emptive moves were undertaken at “morethanonelocation”,largely in the areas mentioned by China in its statement: south bank of Pangong Tso and near Reqin La, not very far from Rezang La. The Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement Tuesday evening, countered the Chinese protest and said the second incident took place Monday “even as the ground commanders of the two sides were in discussions to de-escalate the situation”. It said “Chinese troops againengagedinprovocativeaction. Due to the timely defensive An Army convoy on the highway to Leh at Gagangeer, northeast of Srinagar, on Tuesday. AP Prasad to Zuckerberg: Facebook staff biased... abusing PM, Ministers ‘Reduced reach of right-of-centre ideology’ KARISHMA MEHROTRA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 DAYS AFTER a senior executive of Facebook was accused of favouring the BJP, the governmenthashitback.Inastrongletter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday, Union IT MinisterRaviShankarPrasadaccused the social media platform of being biased against the ruling party. Referring to “credible media reports”, Prasad wrote that the “FacebookIndiateam,rightfrom the India Managing Director to other senior officials, is dominated by people who belong to a particular political belief. Peoplefromthispoliticalpredisposition have been overwhelminglydefeated...insuccessivefree and fair elections. After having lost all democratic legitimacy, AASHISH ARYAN NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 ‘Serious concerns’, the IT Minister told Facebook CEO they are trying to discredit India’s democratic process by dominating the decision-making apparatus of important social media platforms”. Prasad also raised “serious concerns”thattheFacebookIndia management had deleted pages and“reduced”thereachof“rightof-centre ideology” supporters beforethe2019generalelections. On Tuesday, The Indian CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FAREWELL Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijeet carrying out his last rites in Delhi on Tuesday. PTI SOFI AHSAN NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 MANISH SAHU LUCKNOW, SEPTEMBER 1 RULING THAT his addressto students at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) during the anti-CAAprotestslastDecember was “a call for national integrity andunity”, andnot “any effort to promotehatredorviolence”,the Allahabad High Court Tuesday set aside the detention of Dr Kafeel Khan under the National Security Act (NSA) and ordered the UP government to release him “forthwith”. Khan, a pediatrician at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and Hospital who had been placed under suspension, wasarrestedonJanuary29forallegedlymakingthe“provocative speech” and lodged at Mathura district jail. Charged under the NSA on February 13, his detention was extended twice. AllowingaHabeasCorpuspetition by Khan’s mother Nuzhat Perween, a division bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh ruled: “The order of detention dated 13th February, 2020, passed by District Magistrate, Aligarh, and confirmed by the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE THE WORLD 1 IN 5 IN CHENNAI HAVE ANTIBODIES P7 TRUMP HEADS TO KENOSHA, DEFENDS TEEN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING TWO PAGE 1 ANCHOR SC lets telecom firms stagger AGR payments over 10 years Court says NCLT to decide on whether spectrum can be sold under the IBC REPORT,PAGE6 Kafeel Khan free after Bail to Pinjra Tod member, HC NPAs in HC scraps NSA arrest, says no evidence of hate speech SHG loans see jump, upholds his speech JEE MAIN KICKS OFF ACROSS COUNTRY P4 STARTING APRIL 1, 2021 Khan was released from Mathura jail late Tuesday PAGE 13 THE DELHI High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Pinjra Tod activist and Jawaharlal Nehru University student Devangana Kalita in a Northeast Delhi violence case, saying police failed to produce any material to prove that her speech instigated women of any particular community or that she gave a hate speech. Bail in riots case, still in jail for UAPA Kalita has been in prison since the last week of May. In his order, Justice Suresh Kumar Kait said, “In my considered opinion, no prejudice would be caused to the respondent’s investigation by grant of relief to the petitioner, and she wouldbepreventedfromsuffering further unnecessary harassment, humiliation, and unjustified detention.” Kalita was granted bail in a case of “criminal conspiracy” for allegedly instigating people to indulge in rioting. The case, registered at the Jafrabad Police Station, was being investigated by the Crime Branch. In its submission to the High Court, the Delhi Police had CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In statements to police, Rajput’s sisters said he felt low since 2013 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 THE CBI is in possession of at least three statements by Sushant Singh Rajput’s family members — shortly after his death — in which they flag his mental health. Two of them said the actor had been “feeling low” since 2013 and had sought psychiatric help that year and another statement said he wanted to leave films in 2013. Relative said anxiety may be behind suicide The statements, by two of Rajput’s four sisters, Priyanka Tanwar and Nitu Singh, and a brother-in-law, Siddharth Tanwar, were given to the MumbaiPolicetwodaysafterhis death. In his statement, Siddharth also said he felt that theactorcommittedsuicidedue to “anxiety and depression”, and there was no one he suspected or had any complaint against in this regard. These statements run contrary to the claims made by Rajput’sfather,KKSingh,andthe family’slawyer,VikasSingh,that the family had no knowledge of the actor being depressed. K K Singh, in his complaint to the Bihar police, had said they CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 states told to collect dues HARIKISHAN SHARMA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 WITH THE proportion of nonperforming assets (NPAs) in bank loans given to self-help groups (SHGs) seeing a steady rise in the previous financial year, the Union Ministry of Rural Developmenthasaskedstatesto “monitor the status of NPA district-wise” and take “corrective measures” to “recover overdue/ outstanding dues”. In some states, NPAs make up more than a quarter of the loans taken by SHGs, with Uttar Pradesh seeing a 15% jump. The ministry asked state officials to take action during a PerformanceReviewCommittee meeting held last week, it is learnt. The issue of NPAs in bank loanstoSHGswasoneof theimportant items on the agenda of themeeting,whichreviewedthe Deendayal Antyodaya YojanaNational Rural Livelihoods CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN A relief to Bharti Airtel and VodafoneIdea,theSupremeCourt Tuesdaysaidthattelcoscouldpay their adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) over the next 10 years starting April 1, 2021. Theseyearlyinstalmentswill have to be made by March 31 of every succeeding financial year and a compliance report by the companiesaswellastheDoThas to be filed by April 7 of that year, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said. If a telco fails to pay the stipulated AGR dues, contempt of court proceedings will be initiated against the company. The interest on the AGR amount due for the year will also continue to E E X P L A I NE D KRISHN KAUSHIK & SHUBHAJIT ROY action, the Indian side was able topreventtheseattemptstounilaterally alter the status quo”. Armysourcessaidmovement of a convoy of Chinese vehicles wasnoticedintheChumarsector too, but it appeared to be routine patrollingontheChineseside,and was not a transgression attempt. On the movement of Indian military equipment and weaponry, a senior Army officer said, “whatever was required for aparticulararea,thoseelements CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Tariffhike onthe ● cards BHARTIAIRTELand VodafoneIdeafacepayoutsinexcessof Rs25,000 crandRs50,000crrespectively.Bothmayneedto hiketariff (rental)byat leastRs20-30permonth justtocoverAGRdues,expertssaid.Butthingscould betoughforVodafoneIdea whichhasdebtinexcessof Rs1.18lakhcrore. accrue until the payment is made, the bench said. An undertakingthatthepayments will be made on time will havetobesubmittedtothecourt CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 4 CMs write to PM, FM on GST: Centre ought to borrow AANCHAL MAGAZINE & LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 REJECTINGTHECentre’sproposal that state governments could borrow to meet the compensation deficit under the Goods and ServicesTax(GST)regime,atleast four non-BJP states have said the borrowingshouldbedonebythe Centre instead. While Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kerjiwal and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has written to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Two days after the GST Council meeting last week, the Centrehaddetailedtwoborrow- BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ing options proposed to states for meeting the compensation shortfall of Rs 2.35 lakh crore. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GST COMPENSATION RIGHT OF STATES: THOMAS ISAAC P 15 Justice Arun Mishra retires today, leaving contested SC legacy ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 PERHAPS NO Supreme Court judge has in recent times been the subject of as much debate — even disquiet — in his tenure as Justice Arun Mishra. For critics, from the bench to the Bar, experts to courtwatchers, he became emblematic of a court that has diluted its checkand-balance role when it comes toquestioningtheExecutive.His supporters, however, argue that muchof thiscriticismhasapolitical motive — and his record is more nuanced. Since he took over as SC judge in July 2014 — after a stint in Madhya Pradesh and as Chief Justice in Rajasthan and Calcutta — Justice Mishra heard some of the most contested and politically sensitive cases: the SaharaBirla diaries to the Haren Pandya murder; the medical college bribery case to amendments to ScheduledCastesandScheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act); the mess in the CBI at the top; anticipatorybail pleas of activists in the Bhima Koregaon case; and the land acquisition matter in which he headed the bench to review a ruling he himself was part of. In most of these cases where thegovernmentwasinvolved,his criticssay,JusticeMishra’sbench gave it the benefit of the doubt. In January 2017, a bench of JusticesAmitava RoyandMishra dismissed NGO Common Cause plea for a probe into the SaharaBirladiarieswhichthepetitioner claimed indicated alleged payments to top party functionaries across the political spectrum. Nothing drew attention to him as strongly as the unprecedented January 2018 press conference by four most senior judges of the court Justices Ranjan Gogoi, J Chelameswar, Kurian Joseph and Madan B At home on Tuesday. After his praise for PM set off criticism, he told a senior counsel: “Do you want to hear something good about yourself? But I will be criticised”. Tashi Tobgyal Lokur (all since retired). The judges aired concerns on the allocation of important cases by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra to “junior judges”. Justice Chelameswar said they met the CJI in regard to listing of a case, but could not convince him. Pressed for details, Justice Gogoi said: “It is an issue of anassignmentof acasewhich is an issue raised in court”. Asked if it was about the petitions seeking a probe into the death of special CBI judge B H Loya, Justice Gogoi replied in the affirmative. TheLoyacasewasinitiallyassigned to a bench headed by Justice Mishra but following the controversy, was heard by a bench headed bythe CJI himself. However, at a public interaction with journalist Karan Thapar in April 2018, Justice Chelameswar was guarded. Thapar told him many believethatthetriggerforthepress conference was the meeting betweenthefourjudgesandtheCJI thatmorningwheretheyreportedly took up the question of “inappropriate” allocation of the Loya petition. To this, Justice Chelameswar replied they had not said that “allocation of case was inappropriate”. “Whattranspiredthatmorning was never mentioned in the press conference. Lot of things transpired but then it was a joint press conference,” he added. “TheLoyacasewaslistedthat day. So people started drawing inferences,” said Justice Chelameswar.Asked if theinferencewaswrong,hereplied:“I’m not saying anything.” While there may still be no clear answer on whether the Loya case was a point of dispute, sources have told The Indian Express that there were differences over the allocation of a case related to 2013 Land CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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