DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES JOURNALISM OF COURAGE `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 SPEAKERS’ MEET: PRESIDENT TALKS OF OPPOSITION ROLE Judicial over-reach in some verdicts... organs of state must respect their limits, says V-P Amaravati land deal FIR: On Andhra plea, SC lifts HC media gag order Naiducitesbanonfireworks,executive beingkeptoutof judgeappointments EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, NOVEMBER 25 CURBING DIWALI fireworks, denying the executive a role in the appointment of judges and monitoringinvestigationsarejudicial pronouncements giving a “distinct impression of overreach,” Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said Wednesday underlining that the legislature, executiveandthejudiciaryshouldrespect “jurisdictional sanctity enshrinedintheConstitutioninstead of arrogating (to) them- selves a sense of supremacy”. Addressingthetwo-day80th All India Presiding Officers’ Conference held at Kevadia in Gujarat, where President Ram Nath Kovind was in attendance, Naidusaid,“OurConstitutionhas demarcated very clear domains of each of these three organs in thelinesof separationof powers, though not in a very formalistic manner... Harmony lies in each organdoingitsjobwithoutinterfering in the domain of others... Unfortunately there has been several instances of crossing the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Days after he entered DDC polls, PDP youth chief held in terror case DEEPTIMAN TIWARY & BASHAARAT MASOOD NEW DELHI, SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 25 E E X P L A I NE D THREE DAYS after he filed his nomination from Pulwama district in Kashmir for the District Development Council (DDC) polls, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday arrested PDP youth wing leader Waheed ur Rehman Parra in connection with a terror case againstsuspendedJ&Kpoliceofficer Devinder Singh. “Today,NIAarrestedWaheed ur Rehman Parra...inconnection with Naveed Babu/Devinder SinghcaseforsupportingHizbul Mujahideen in conspiracy with the other accused persons,” an NIA statement said. Devinder Singh, then a DySP with theJ&K Police,hadbeen arrested on January 11 while travelling in a car with Naveed Babu, a known Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terrorist. The case was transferred to the NIA which alleged in its chargesheet that Singh had been providing shelter to Hizbul-Mujahideen terrorists for a long time and had been aiding and abetting their activities at ● Waheed Parra held in case naming former DySP, Hizb Questions overtiming WAHEED PARRA’s arrest by the NIA in the case involving senior police officer Devinder Singh, accused of supporting Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, is conspicuous for its timing. The NIA called him for questioning a day after he filed his nomination from Pulwama for the DDC polls. the behest of Pakistan. “We found that Parra was in touch with some of the key accused in the case. We have evidence to prove that he was awareof theconspiracyandmay evenhavebeenactivelyinvolved CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 25 Vice President Naidu, Speaker Birla at the Statue of Unity museum in Kevadia, Gujarat. ANI THESUPREMECourtWednesday stayed the Andhra Pradesh High Court order restraining the media from reporting the FIR registered by the state police AntiCorruptionBureauinconnection withallegedirregularitiesinland dealings in Amaravati. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MRShahorderedpartstayof the September 15 High Court order while hearing a plea by the Andhra Pradesh government which had challenged the order. It directed that the matter be listedforhearingagaininthelast week of January 2021. On October 6, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, in a letter to Chief Justice of India S A CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 His hand with God SANDIP G NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 25 THERE ARE legends, immortals and G.O.A.Ts, the Greatest of All Time. Then there is Diego Maradona. The legendary footballer died, aged 60, after sufferingacardiacarrestonWednesday. To some, he was the most giftedfootballerever,whosefeet rendered the beautiful game all the more beautiful. To some, he wasthemostflawedof geniuses, flirting with drugs and keeping friends from the underworld. To some others, he was an outright cheat,whoflickedagoalwithhis hand,the creator of the most vilified yet the most romanticised goal in World Cup history. Whatever the opinions and perspectives, Maradona was magical,yetreal.Magicalwithhis feet and real in his life. The most magically realistic and realistically magical of footballers. One who lived both life and football onhisownterms.Hewasnopretender, never tried to erase his shanty-town upbringing past, never feigned righteousness, never denied the darkness of his soul.Ahumanfootballinggod,to take a liberty. You could make a thrilling best-seller out of his life aswellashisfootball.Bothcould exist without overlap, and both DIEGO MARADONA I 1 9 6 0 - 2 0 2 0 Cong loses chief crisis manager, Gandhis their pillar in the backroom COOMI KAPOOR NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 25 Celebrating a goal in the famous ‘Hand of Gold’ match, featuring Argentina vs England in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Reuters couldthrill.Youneedn’tbeafootball tragic for that. But in this moment of departure, it’s his footballing legacy that needs appreciation. Short and sturdy, the build concealing his agility and dexterity, he was a darting virtuoso tethered to a soccer ball. Dig no further into archival memory than the non-hand of God goal in the quarterfinal against England in the 1986 World Cup. The dream fusion of raw pace, power, precision and trickery had made everyone in- volved in the frame look foolish. With England yet to recover from the first ‘Hand of God’ goal, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 20 Amid Covid surge, Centre allows Home Secy tells LS: Can’t states to put night curfew, curbs give J&K telecom freeze BJP claims ‘Lalu tape’, telling MLA to skip Speaker’s vote, cite Covid No sealing of SANTOSH SINGH & ABHISHEK ANGAD PATNA, RANCHI, NOV 25 A DAY after accusing Lalu Prasad of trying to topple the NDA government in the state, former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi released an audio purportedly featuring the RJD chief,whois servingtime on fodder charges in Ranchi, telling Pirpaiti (Bhagalpur) BJP MLA Lalan Paswan over the phone to absent himself from voting for the Speaker’s election held on Wednesday. As Paswan claimed he received the call on Tuesday, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 1 ANCHOR details, cites security borders; suggests staggered office timings to contain numbers LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 25 DEEPTIMAN TIWARY Testing of passengers arriving from Delhi-NCR, other states on at Bandra station, Mumbai, Wednesday. Amit Chakravarty IN VIEW of rising Covid cases acrossthecountry,theCentreon Tuesday issued fresh containment guidelines, giving states some crucial elbow room to put restrictionsonpublicmovement and gatherings. The new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) have allowed states to enforce night curfews, put any number of “local restrictions”, keep gatherings at social events to less than 100, punish people for not wearing masks and even issue orders for local lock- NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 25 Cong leaders at Vadodara airport to receive Ahmed Patel’s body. He will be buried at his village Piraman. Bhupendra Rana downs with the Centre’s approval. “States and UTs, based on theirassessmentof thesituation, may impose local restrictions withaviewtocontainthespread of Covid-19suchasnightcurfew. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CITING “THE security scenario”, the Ministry of Home Affairs has informed Lok Sabha that it will not be able to disclose information relating to suspension of telecom and Internet services in Jammu & Kashmir. In a letter Wednesday to Lok Sabha Secretary General Snehlata Shrivastava, Union HomeSecretaryAjayBhallasaid, “considering the security scenarioin UTof Jammu& Kashmir, disclosure of information relating to suspension of telecom services would be prejudicial to thesafetyorinterestof thestate”. He also pointed out that “the matter related to shutdown of Internet in J&K… is also sub-judice” in the Supreme Court. Citing Rule 270 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha, he said the“Governmentmaydeclineto produce a document on the ground that its disclosure would be prejudicial to the safety or interest of the state”. The Standing Committee on InformationTechnology,headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, hadsoughtthepresenceof MHA representatives for a briefing Wednesday on ‘Suspension of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SONIA GANDHI described Ahmed Patel as an “irreplaceable companion” but, surprisingly, Rahul, who was often not on the same page as him, summed up the loss of Ahmed bhai – as he was widely known – more pithily. Rahul acknowledged him as “one of the pillars of the Congress” – not exactly an understatement from a dynast who assumes that without the first family the party is a hollow shell. Indeed, Patel, 71, who passed away early Wednesday fighting multiple organ failure postCovid,was the go-to manwhenever the Congress faced trouble. Which meant quite often. Whether it was the modalities of tying up with the Shiv Sena for a grand alliance in Maharashtra or tamping down SachinPilot’sangeragainstChief Minister Ashok Gehlot in Rajasthan or allying with Pranab Mukherjee to ensure that Sonia was installed party president in 1997 despite Sitaram Kesri’s refusal to step down gracefully, Ahmed Bhai was on hand to sort out the problem. Party colleague Jairam Ramesh once described him as a24X7politicianwhohadmore than once come to the rescue of the Congress in the nick of time. He recalled how at well past midnightheputacallthroughto a Chief Minister who was bent onquittingthepartynextmorning along with his supporters. After a good 50 minutes of humoring, cajoling, mollycoddling the veteran party leader, he saved the party’s government in AHMED PATEL 1949-2020 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY a north Indian state. As Ramesh noted, not many in the Congress were capable of pulling off such feats, mixing power with persuasion to good effect. Ahmed Bhai’s strength was his lack of personal ambition or a private agenda, attributes CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LINK BETWEEN CONG PAST, PRESENT A VILLAGE RECALLS A LEADER ALWAYS READY TO HELP PAGE 6 The doctor who ‘saw death and returned’, to serve at Covid ICU TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 25 WHILE OTHERS his age have beensequesteringthemselvesat homesincethecoronaviruspandemic began, pulmonologist Dr JalilParkarhasbeenonthefrontlines. The 62-year-old has been posted in the Covid ICU of Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital since March, but for a brief while when he and his wifeboth spent time there, after being infected with the virus. Every year since 2016, The Indian Express has been marking the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai with stories of strength and a public event showcasing the spirit of the survivors. This year, with the city masked and socially distanced, the ones who most powerfully epitomise that spirit are the corona warriors, women and men leading the war against Covid-19 — risking all, so that others can be secure. Like Dr Parkar; like the coconut climber in Kochi who pooled in money for donation; or the team in Ludhiana of Class 4 workers and colleagues, and another of techies in Hyderabad, who stepped in to help; the community kitchen in ArunachalPradesh to feedfrontline workers run by a group of women; and the women in Delhi’s Nizamuddin making masksthatreflecttheheritageof a place which was maligned in the initial days of the pandemic. Starting with Dr Parkar, The Indian Express captures their work and its spirit in this series. This will be followed by a special show, with Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan as Guest of Honour, Chief Minister Dr Jalil Parkar, Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai, has been treating patients since the pandemic began. Express Uddhav Thackeray as Chief Guest, and featuring superstar Amitabh Bachchan, that will be telecast on November 29 at 8.30 pm on Star Plus as well as digital streaming service Hotstar. A celebrity doctor used to treating Bollywood, politicians and officers, Parkar says there was no confusion in his mind about what he had to do when thepandemicstruck,despitebeing aware of the risks. He and his wife, 58, are both diabetic, while his father, 95, lives with them. Taking due precautions, he got onto the job, tending to patients, putting off his more CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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