eye MCS/204/2020-22RNINO.MAHENG2002/21899 THE SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE Box-Office BATTLES MUMBAI,LATECITY MAY8,2022 Is the success of recent films from the south teaching Bollywood a lesson or two? 18PAGES,`5.00 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA STATEMENT CALLS IT DISPUTE, NOT ‘WAR’ MIDNIGHT HEARING UNSCdilutesstatement onUkraine,openswindow Hours after warrant, Bagga gets Punjab HC relief: No coercive action until May 10 Council endorses Secy-General’s efforts; India calls for easing food aid JAGDEEP SINGH DEEP & JAGPREET SINGH SANDHU MOHALI, CHANDIGARH, MAY 7 HOURS AFTER a Mohali court issued a non-bailable warrant against him, Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga was granted relief by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which held an urgent hearing late on Saturday night. “The HC has granted relief to Bagga, and has ordered no coercive action shall be taken against him till the next hearing on May 10,” said Bagga’s counsel, Senior Advocate Anil Mehta, who filed the plea seeking a stay on the arrest warrant. Bagga’s petition seeking quashing of the FIR against him is listed for May 10. Justice Anoop Chitkara of the Punjab and Haryana High Court held the hearing at his residence late on Saturday night. “Wearenotexecutingthearrest warrant till May 10," said NEW DELHI, MAY 7 Bagga in Delhi late on Friday. Praveen Khanna PunjabAdvocateGeneralAnmol Rattan Sidhu. “It is on the concessionbythestategovernment. We told the court that there was no urgency to arrest him. Hence, we can wait till Tuesday,” said Sidhu. The court in its order said, “Given the statement of the learned advocate general, Punjab, let the present application be listed along with the CONTINUEDONPAGE2 CBI RAIDS AAP MLA MAHARASHTRA GettingUS, Russiaon samepage THE FIRST UNSC statement on the conflict is seen as a starting point for talks. While there will be criticism over the language, it could offer room for diplomacy. ` 158 per kilo FIVE MEMBERS of a family, including three children, drowned in a water-filled quarry at Dombivali East in Thane district where they had gone to wash clothes on Saturday. The victims have been iden- ` 197 per kilo ` 50 per Dozen MUMBAI, MAY 7 tifiedasMeeraGaikwad(55),her daughter-in-law Apeksha Gaikwad(30),andhergrandchildren Mayuresh Gaikwad (14), Moksha Gaikwad (13) and Siddhesh Gaikwad (14). The five deceased are reportedly residents of Desle Pada. The police said the incident took place around 4 pm at Sandap village. “While the daughter-in-law and the grandmother were washing clothes, one of the children slipped and fell into the water... To save the child, the others also jumped into the water. All of them drowned,” said an officer. Those who witnessed the incident informed the police and the fire brigade. While all five CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Women and Foreign Under security cover, Correspondents press clubs pilgrims pray at temple ruins receive notice to vacate protected by ASI in Valley ABHINAYA HARIGOVIND & ANISHA DUTTA NEW DELHI, MAY 7 THE DIRECTORATE of Estate under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has sent notices to theForeignCorrespondents’Club (FCC) and the Indian Women Press Club (IWPC) to vacate the bungalows allotted to them as their tenures will soon end. 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Academic – Graduate Studies & Research Division BITS Pilani For further details scan the QR code or visit: www.bitsadmission.com/hd EXPRESS NETWORK LPGPRICES HIKED BY RS 50 PAGE 6 PAGES 13, 14, 15 KEDAR NATH SINGH VS BIHAR Centre to SC: Sedition law, 1962 ruling fine, no need for larger bench Remedy is to prevent its abuse on case-to-case basis, says SG in note ARMY CHIEF 3 children among five of family drown in Dombivali quarry while washing clothes EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PAGE 11 GENERAL MANOJ PANDE PAGE 6 ` 130 per kilo SUNDAY STORY Right man at the right place SHUBHAJIT ROY TEN WEEKS into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the United Nations Security Council issued its first Presidential statement earlySaturday—adoptedbyconsensus,includingRussia—which didnotmention“war”,“conflict” or “invasion”. Instead, it referred to the conflict as a “dispute”. This is UNSC’s first unanimously adopted statement, and it is significant that it took place under US presidency — it holds the rotational presidency of the UNSC for May — and Russia came on board with the language widely perceived to be significantly “watered down.” This statement comes as Russian forces renewed their at- WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM BJP TO FIELD OBCs IN 27% OF LOCAL BODY SEATS: FADNAVIS DOUBLE MURDER: HC ACQUITS MAN WHO GOT DEATH PENALTY PAGE 4 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G. NEW DELHI, MAY 7 THE CENTRESaturday defended the penal law on sedition (Section 124A of the IPC) in the Supreme Court and said that the apex court’s 1962 verdict of a Constitutionbenchupholdingits validity was “long standing, settled”, had stood the test of time and needed no reference to a larger bench. And that instances of its abuse can’t be a justification for its reconsideration. In his written submissions to a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justiceof IndiaNVRamana on the question whether petitions challenging Section 124A (sedition) should be referred to a five-judge Constitution bench in the light of the 1962 ruling in Kedar Nath Singh vs State of Bihar, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta pointed out that the said ruling “is a Constitution bench judgment and is binding on a three-judge bench”. Hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of Section 124A, the three-judgebenchof CJIRamana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli had wondered whetherithastoreferittoafivejudge bench in the light of the 1962 ruling and asked for the views of the Centre and the petitioners on this. Attorney General K K Venugopal, too, had said there was no need for any reference and that Kedar Nath Singh is good law. Saying that no reference was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 2 booked in Mumbai for sounding azaan on mosque loudspeakers before 6 am EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, MAY 7 THE BANDRA police and Santacruz police in Mumbai have registered separate FIRs against two menworkingin two mosques for allegedly sounding the morning azaan on loudspeakers before 6 am, which is a violation of Supreme Court directives that ban noise pollution between 10 pm and 6 am. The first case relates to NooraniMasjidatBazaarRoadin Bandra (West). On May 5, a constablefromBandrapolice,whois thecomplainantinthecase,was on bandobast duty when he allegedlyheardthemorningazaan prayers being played on a loudspeaker at 5.15 am. The constable has alleged that when he spoke with Zakir Khan (45), a member of the mosque's trustee committee, Khanadmitted he was informed by the Bandra police in advance about the scheduled loudspeaker timings. Anwar Shah (28), who gave thecallforazaan,wasbookedon May 5 under sections of Indian PenalCode and theMaharashtra Police Act for flouting Supreme Court guidelines and Noise Pollution (Regulation and CONTINUEDONPAGE2
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