DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 INSIDE HC pulls up Twitter over grievance officer: How long to post one? SOFI AHSAN NEW DELHI, JULY 6 SAYINGTWITTERcannotbepermitted to take as much time as it wants to appoint a Resident GrievanceOfficer,theDelhiHigh Court on Tuesday said it expects the micro-blogging site to inform it on Thursday about its stand “regarding complying with all other provisions” of IT Rules, 2021. Justice Rekha Palli said Twitter should have made the appointmentbynow,andpulled it up for making a “misleading” statement before the court on May 31 that it had appointed a Resident Grievance Officer on May 28. The bench said it was never informed that the appointment was an interim arrangement. “How long does it take? If Twitter thinks that they cantake as long as they want to take in our country, I will not permit CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE MEA REJECTS CRITICISM, SAYS STAN SWAMY’S DETENTION AS PER LAW OPP LEADERS WRITE TO PRESIDENT, SEEK ACTION ON DEATH HC DIRECTS STATE TO PRODUCE RECORDS IN REGARD TO BHARADWAJ’S DEFAULT BAIL PLEA PAGES 3, 6 A protest outside St Peter’s Church in Mumbai Tuesday over the death of Father Stan Swamy in custody. His funeral service was held at the church. Pradip Das Stan Swamy laid to rest: When UPA defended ‘Charged with crimes UAPA’s stringent bail he never dreamt of’ rule: ‘nothing unusual’ JAYPRAKASH S NAIDU MUMBAI, JULY 6 THEFUNERALofJesuitpriestand tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy, who died on Monday in a private hospital in Mumbai while awaiting bail on medical grounds in the Elgaar Parishad case,washeldonTuesdayatavirtualserviceinwhichJesuitpriests recalledhisyearsofserviceforthe rights of adivasis and Dalits, and protestersdemandedtherelease of other accused in the case. At St Peter’s Church in Bandra,fromwherethesmallfuneral was beamed out online, the notice board declaring solidarity with Swamy during his months in jail carried a different message on Tuesday -- 'Fr Stan, MAHARASHTRA CHIEF Minister Uddhav Thackeray said Tuesday took on the Opposition for its conduct during the Monsoon Session of the state legislature and said the BJP MLAs "made us hang our heads in shame”. He also scotched speculation of a possible rapprochement with the BJP, which had intensified Delimitation talks: PDP stays away, Cong says state first NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, JULY 6 THE MEHBOOBA MUFTI-led People’s Democratic Party Tuesday said the Delimitation Commission lacked “constitutional and legal mandate” and stayed away from discussions withthepanelwhichiscurrently in the Valley to deliberate with politicalparties,publicrepresentativesandUTadministrationofficials and seek their inputs. The two other key constituents of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) — National Conference and the CPM — however, met the Commission. On Monday, in its first joint statement since June 24,thePAGDhadsaiditwas“disappointed” with the outcome of the PM’s meeting and said that “any Assembly election must be held only after restoration of full statehood for J&K”. Among the other parties that met the Commission on Tuesday were the Congress, BJP, Sajad Lone’s People’s Conference and Altaf Bukhariled J&K Apni Party. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ED’S SUMMONS FOR MEHBOOBA MOTHER PAGE 12 Eye on China, public b’day wishes by PM, CMs for Dalai Lama SHUBHAJIT ROY & VARINDER BHATIA NEW DELHI, CHANDIGARH, JULY 6 AMID THE slide in ties with China over the military standoff along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that he had spoken to the Dalai Lama and wished him on his 86th birthday. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E E X P L A I NE D PAGE 1 ANCHOR BY ALOK RAI PAGE 1O you are an inspiration'. Several of the activist priest’s Jesuit colleagues spoke at the service, dismissing as “false” the charges against him as an inciter of terrorist violence. "He was a man of audacity who called a spade a spade. He knew no fear to take on any organisation. Be it church political or corporate, if he felt that they were working against the poor and marginalised, he became a CONTINUEDONPAGE2 NEW DELHI, JULY 6 CONGRESS PRESIDENT Sonia Gandhi was among the 10 Oppositionleaderswhowroteto President Ram Nath Kovind asking him to direct the Union Government to act against those responsible for foisting “false cases” on Father Stan Swamy. Andaskingforthe“releaseforthwith” of those detained under “politicallymotivatedcases,misusing draconian laws like UAPA…” That very same “draconian” law and its stringent provision for bail were strongly defended bytheCongress-ledUPAgovernment and its then Home Minister P Chidambaram. Indeed,in2008,whentheUPA brought a bill to amend The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the Congress struck a quite different notefromtheoneintoday’sletter. Introducing The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2008 in Rajya Sabha on December 18, a day after the Lok Sabha passed the Bill, Chidambaram, in fact, had minced few words: “Broadly what we are doing is imposing restrictions on the path of grant of bail.” Andhejustifiedtheserestrictions. “I think some people thought that refusing bail is an CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Made us hang our heads in shame, says Uddhav MUMBAI, JULY 6 PAGE 12 STANSWAMY,DO NOTGO GENTLE MANOJ C G RUCKUS IN HOUSE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AMARINDER MEETS SONIA, SAYS WILL GO BY HIGH COMMAND KARNATAKA DY CM’S CAR HITS VEHICLE, FARMER KILLED THE EDITORIAL PAGE Moveat timeoflow ● pointinties THE PM’s public articulation of his call to the Dalai Lama comes when ties between India and China are at their lowest, with the LAC standoff continuing. Delhi’s move signals that if its sensitivities are not respected, it will not hesitate to subtly up the rhetoric. Dismisses talks of patch up with former partner BJP Uddhav Thackeray post his meeting with Prime MinisterNarendraModiinDelhi last month. “What happened yesterday (Monday) was shameful for the state. This is not our culture. Peopleexpectbetterthingsfrom electedrepresentatives.Suchbehaviour coming from a responsible party makes our heads hang in shame,” Thackeray said while addressing the media aftertheconclusionof thetwo-day Monsoon Session. The Assembly session had started on a chaotic note Mondaywith 12 BJP MLAs being suspended from the House for a period of one year for allegedly abusing and manhandling the speaker in chair and Shiv Sena legislator Bhaskar Jadhav. Theepisodewasprecipitated by the Maha Vikas Aghadi government’s decision to pass a resolution demanding empirical data on the Other Backward Classes (OBC) population in CONTINUEDONPAGE2 MINISTRY OF COOPERATION ANNOUNCED Governor reshuffle, new Ministry clear decks for Cabinet expansion Minister Gehlot for Raj Bhavan; Scindia, Sonowal, Rane reach Delhi LIZ MATHEW & RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, JULY 6 THE SETTING up of a new Ministry to “strengthen” the cooperative movement, the appointment of four new Governors and the transfer of four others Tuesday, has set the stage for the much-anticipated expansion of the Union Council of Ministers. While there was no official word, multiple sources confirmed that the first reshuffle in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term is slated for Wednesday evening. The BJP headquarters was abuzz with names of those who have been summoned to the capital, an indication that they could be inducted into the new Council. Social Justice Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot at his residence Tuesday. He moves as Karnataka Governor. Anil Sharma PAGE12 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Congress-turned-BJP leader JyotiradityaScindia,formerAssam Prepare for Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan RanereachedNewDelhiTuesday. Sources said JD(U) leaders Lalan Singh and RCP Singh; R K Ranjan Singh (Manipur BJP); ShantanuThakur(WestBengal); Hina Gavit (Maharashtra) and A Narayanaswamy(Karnataka)are also among those reportedly called to the capital. BJP allies Apna Dal and LJP are expected to find representation, too. With senior Minister and Dalit leader Thaawarchand Gehlot being sent to Karnataka as Governor, another post opens up in the Cabinet. While there can be 81 members in the Council of Ministers (15% of the Lok Sabha strength), after Gehlot's exit, the current strength stands at 52. 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