DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 BAIL TO 3 STUDENT ACTIVISTS IN UAPA CASE; DELHI POLICE TO MOVE SC In bid to stifle dissent, state blurs line between right to protest, terrorism: HC Court flags: Alarming hyperbole, little evidence in chargesheet Bench narrows the application of anti-terror law, says it cannot be applied to those persons whom the Legislature never intended to punish NEW DELHI, JUNE 15 ONE YEAR OF GALWAN Fire and Fury Corps pays floral tributes in Srinagar on Tuesday to the 20 soldiers who died in the Galwan valley clash with the Chinese army a year ago on June 15, 2020. ANI Google asks police to get court order for chat details on JNU clash MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, JUNE 15 THE DELHI Police Crime Branch, which had written to Google seeking information about 33 members of two WhatsApp groups following the January 2020violenceatJNU,hasreceived areplyfromthecompanystating thatsuchdetailscanonlybeprovided after police send them a LetterRogatoryundertheMutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), The Indian Express has learnt. OnJanuary5lastyear,around 100maskedpersonsarmedwith sticks and rods had gone on a P15 THE EXPRESS INTERVIEW UWE HOHN INDIA’S JAVELIN COACH India’s German javelin coach slams Olympics preparation NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, JUNE 15 WITHTHETokyoOlympicsjusta month away, India's javelin throw coach Uwe Hohn has said that the country's top sports organisations — Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Athletics Federation of India (AFI) — “did not do enough” to prepare athletes for the mega event. Speaking to The Indian Express on Monday, the 58-yearold German, who is the only man to throw the javelin over 100 metres and the coach behind Indian star Neeraj Chopra's rise, said training for the Olympics was unplanned and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 rampageinsidetheuniversityfor around four hours, leaving 36 students, teachers, and staff injured. An FIR was registered and the case was transferred to the CrimeBranch.Noarresthasbeen made so far. Police had written to WhatsApp and Google, asking for details of messages, photos and videos shared by the 33 students and members of the two WhatsApp groups — ‘Unity CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TWITTER MAY LOSE IT ACT COVER; FAILED TO FILL POSTS: GOVT PAGE 13 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY WORLD BIDEN EASES TRADE FRICTION WITH EU BEFORE PUTIN MEET CHINA PLAYS DOWN REPORTS OF LEAK AT NUKE PLANT PAGE 10 ENDING THE year-long detention of three student activists bookedbyDelhiPoliceunderthe UAPA anti-terror law, the Delhi High Court granted them bail Tuesday,saying“itseems,thatin itsanxietytosuppressdissent,in themindof theState,thelinebetween the constitutionally guaranteed right to protest and terroristactivityseemstobegetting somewhat blurred. If this mindset gains traction, it would be a sad day for democracy”. Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha were arrestedinMay2020fortheiralleged role in the Northeast Delhi riots conspiracy case and were later booked under the UAPA. While JNU students Narwal and Kalita are in Tihar Jail, Tanha, a JamiaMilliaIslamiastudent,isout on a two-week interim custody bail to take his examinations. Questioning and cautioning against the tendency of “foisting extremely grave and serious penal provisions” of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act “frivolously upon people”, the bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Anup Jairam Bhambhani said “wanton use of serious penal provisions would only trivialise them”. MORALHIGHCOURT Delhi HC’s bail order speaks directly and wisely to fundamental concerns. Weaponising terror law is attack on democracy PAGE 8 HC PULLS UP LOWER COURT, SAYS POLICE VERSION ACCEPTED WITHOUT ANALYSIS PAGE 3 The bench said that the allegations against the accused do notprima facie disclose thecommission of any offence under UAPA section 15 (terrorist act), section 17 (punishment for raising funds for terrorist act) and section 18 (punishment for conspiracy) of the UAPA. And therefore, the additional conditions, limitations and restrictions on grant of bail under section 43 D (5) of UAPA do not apply. In first remarks on the order granting bail, a spokesperson for Delhi Police said: “We are not satisfied with the interpretation of the provisions of Unlawful Activities(Prevention)Actbythe Hon’ble High Court in a matter CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SOFI AHSAN NEW DELHI, JUNE 15 (From left) Pinjra Tod activists Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, and student leader Asif Iqbal Tanha. HC calls out misuse of UAPA, raises bar for State to slap terror tag APURVA VISHWANATH NEW DELHI, JUNE 15 BY RULING that “terrorist activity”cannotbebroadlydefinedto include ordinary penal offences, the three DelhiHighCourtorders granting bail Tuesday to three student-activists Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal, and Asif Iqbal Tanha, mark a crucial moment. Quoting sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967, and a string of key SupremeCourtrulingsonterrorism and terror laws, the court reasoned that “the more stringent a penal provision, the more strictly it must be construed”.By doing so, it raised the bar for the State to book an individualforterrorismunder the UAPA. The three orders by Justices Siddharth Mridul and Anup ● Jairam Bhambhani are perhaps the first instance of a court calling out allegedmisuseof theUAPAagainst individuals in cases that do not E CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WHILE GRANTING bail to Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Asif Iqbal Tanha, the Delhi High Court Tuesday called intoquestionthechargesheetfiled byDelhiPoliceintheallegedconspiracy case linked to the Northeast Delhi riots — and said theallegationsagainstthestudent activists are based on “stretched inferences”and“alarmingandhyperbolic verbiage”. The division bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Anup Jairam Bhambhani said the allegations, of delivering inflammatory speeches, organising chakka jams and instigating women to protest or stockpile various articles, are “at worst” evidence of participation in organising a protest. “But we can discern no specific or particularised allegation, much less any material, to bear outtheallegationthattheappellantincitedviolence,whattotalk of committing a terrorist act or a conspiracy or act preparatory to the commission of a terrorist act as understood in the UAPA,” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Experts see new surge in bad loans, could rise to 13-15 per cent this FY SUNNY VERMA & GEORGE MATHEW NEW DELHI, MUMBAI, JUNE 15 WITH A number of large banks andnon-bankingfinancecompaniesfacingfreshchallengesposed by the second Covid wave, bad loans are projected to see a fresh spike as the rising stress across sectorsisbeginningtoimpactthe repaymentcapacityofborrowers. Analysts estimate that nonperforming assets (NPAs) will jump from a little under 8 per cent in the previous fiscal year — helped by restructuring, writeoffs and regulatory relaxations including a loan moratorium — to 13-15 per cent in 2021-22. NBFCs and micro finance institutions (MFIs) are reporting sharp surges in stressed assets. “Small entrepreneurs operating in segments such as salons and restaurants, taxi operators and merchants/ traders in non-essential categories have been hit hard, and there has been no spe- cificincomesupporttothesetarget groups. There has been a spectacular spike in NPAs in this category,” said a senior private sector banker, speaking to The Indian Express on condition of anonymity. “As incomes have not been restored for more than a year now, we have no option but to take significant haircuts and write-offs,” the banker said. Bandhan Bank, for instance, reported an 80 per cent PAFI Dialogue CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rs 150 per dose not sustainable in the long run, says Bharat Biotech EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PUNE, JUNE 15 AMID A debate over the cost of Covid-19vaccinesatprivatehospitals, vaccine manufacturer Bharat Biotech said on Tuesday that the rateatwhichitwassupplying Covaxin to the Centre — Rs 150 per dose — was “not sustainableinthelongrun”,anddifferential pricing for the private sector was justified to “offset part of the costs”. In a detailed statement, the Hyderabad-basedmanufacturer said that despite the differential pricing, the “weighted average price of Covaxin for all supplies realised by Bharat Biotech is less than Rs 250 a dose”. Bharat Biotech is currently supplying Covaxin at Rs 150 per dose to the Centre, Rs 400 to the state government, and Rs 1,200 to private hospitals. The Indian Express reported last week that after changing its vaccine procurement policy, the Centre is likelytoengageinrenegotiations with Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India. Stating that it had invested over Rs 500 crore “from its own resources” to develop the vaccine, Bharat Biotech argued that innovatingcompaniesshouldbe allowed to maintain differential pricing for government and private markets,because low product price constrains innovation and “dispirits domestic research and development”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Smart ICU: Karnataka start-up uses tech to fill in for shortage of trained specialists PAGE 1 ANCHOR JOHNSON T A BENGALURU, JUNE 15 ONE OF the many stories 37year-olddoctorsDhruvJoshiand Dileep Raman like to recount is howtheir‘smartICU’technology picked up early signs of oxygen levels plummeting in the ICU of a district hospital in Karnataka. Cloudphysician, the start-up firm founded by the two doctors in 2017, uses IT to relay visuals and data from the ICU to a manned command centre, where intensivists and other specialists make swift decisions THE EDITORIAL PAGE EXPLAINED ANAND MOHAN J Dr Dhruv Joshi (left) and Dr Dileep Raman, both 37, set up their company Cloudphysician in 2017. Express on treatment protocol. Talkingof theoxygencrisisin the hospital ICU in April, during the second wave of Covid-19, Joshi says, “Oxygen pressure at the ICU had fallen to a critical level, which our command centre team picked up by monitor- ing the ventilators. The oxygen being delivered to the patient was much below the level that had been set.” The sounding of an early alarm by Cloudphysician “averted a possible mass fatality event”. Thetechnologymakesupfora critical vacuum in the country’s healthcare system — the paucity of trained ICU specialists such as intensivists, pulmonologists and anesthetists — a lacuna the two doctors identified five years ago when they left for the US to do their specialisations after graduating from medical schools in Bengaluru and Thrissur. “While we were at Cleveland Clinic (Ohio), we were solving manyof theproblemsassociated CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HARSH VARDHAN SHRINGLA Foreign Secretary Ministry of External Affairs Government of India TOPIC India's Foreign Policy in the post-Covid World New Vulnerabilities, New Opportunities Date: Friday, 18 June 2021 | Time: 1730 to 1830 Hrs (IST) Register for the event at www.pafi.in or Watch LIVE on Youtube Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org | Connect on
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