THURSDAY RUSSIA INKS DEAL ON VACCINE DOSES WITH DR REDDY’S LABS 17 Russia’s sovereign wealth fund RDIF, which is leading the vaccine project, will supply 10 crore doses to Dr Reddy’s SEPTEMBER, 2020 morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard LEASE OVER 40,000 AMU ASKED TO RETURN LAND Kin of Jat king also want city school be named after him PAGE 8 A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS l NEW DELHI l J8.00 l NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS UNDERGOING PHASE III TRIALS IN RUSSIA PAGES 12 REGULATORY APPROVAL AWAITED Deliveries could begin in late 2020 subject to completion of successful trials and registration of the vaccine by regulatory authorities, according to a joint statement by RDIF and Dr Reddy’s. “Phase I and II clinical trials have shown promising results. We will be conducting Phase III trials in India,” said G V Prasad, co-chairman and MD, Dr Reddy’s Labs | P7 Andhra govt to move apex court against HC’s order gagging media EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada THE Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday decided to move the Supreme Court against the High Court’s interim orders staying further probe in a case registered against former advocate general Dammalapati Srinivas and 12 others in the Amaravati land scam and gagging the media from reporting on contents of the FIR against the accused. The High Court had on Tuesday issued the interim orders on an application filed by Dammalapati Srinivas, hours after the State Anti-Corruption Bureau filed a case against him and 12 others for alleged insider trading in Amaravati under the Prevention of Corruption Act and sections of the IPC. Terming the High Court orders unfortunate, unusual, unprecedented and surprising, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, Lawyer Prashant Bhushan addresses a press conference over police probe in Delhi riots (right) cases at Press Club of India in New Delhi on Wednesday | PARVEEN NEGI Tahir Hussain, Safoora Zargar among 15 named in Delhi riots plot Police claim the accused used a WhatsApp group to instigate violence in Jaffrabad G AYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi THE Delhi Police on Wednesday filed a voluminous chargesheet in a local court against 15 accused for their alleged role in the larger conspiracy in the North East Delhi riots in February last that left over 50 people dead. Bunched in 11 volumes, the chargesheet runs into 17,000 pages. The 15 accused named in the chargesheet are former Aam Aadmi Party MLA Tahir Hussain, Abdul Khalid Saifi, Isharat Jahan, Meeran Haider, Gullisha, Safoora Zargar, Shifa Ur Rehman, Asif Iqbal Tanha, Shadab Ahmed, Tasleem Ahmed, Saleem Malik, Mohamaad Saleem Khan, Athar Khan and Pinjra Tod founder members Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita. They are part of the 21 who are already under arrest under the Unlawful Activities (Preventions) Act (UAPA) and various sections of Indian Penal Code such as criminal conspiracy at, tempt to murder, sedition, promoting enmity rioting and caus, ing damage to public property . The six others, including TENSE SHOTS FIRED IN AIR THREE TIMES AT LAC The firings took place within a span of 10 days, Army sources said. The maximum number of bullets fired was at the northern bank of Pangong Tso between the areas of Finger 3 and 4 in Eastern Ladakh | P7 Go to trial court for bail: HC tells accused The Delhi High Court asked arrested Jamia Millia Islamia student Asif Iqbal Tanha, who is among the 15 people chargesheeted on Wednesday in the Delhi riots case, to approach the trial court for bail. Justice Vibhu Bakhru also directed the trial court that if a bail plea is filed, it should consider and dispose it of expeditiously, preferably within 14 days from the filing. AFTER Foxconn, Tamil Nadu is all set to attract Apple’s second largest contract manufacturer for iPhone, Pegatron. According to industry sources, the Taiwanese company is in talks with the state government to set up a manufacturing facility here. “We want to attract all major electronics manufacturing companies. Talks are on with different companies, including Pegatron. However, it is too early to As per sources, Tahir Hussain is the key conspirator in the case among all the 15 accused. The conspirators were guiding their foot soldiers about the violence happening in the area. 12 pistols, 121 empty cartridges, 92 live cartridges, 61 bottles filled with chemicals and sharpedged weapons seized It took 195 days to complete the first phase of probe. During this period, 747 witnesses were examined and approximately 75 electronic devices seized Delhi Police Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, Parvez Ahmad and Faizan, are expected to figure in a supplementary chargesheet in the coming days. “It took 195 days to complete the first phase of investigation. During this period, 747 witnesses were examined and approximately 75 electronic devices seized as part of the investigation,” the police said. This is the first chargesheet on the larger conspiracy behind the riots. The case was handled by the Special Cell of the police. According to sources, Tahir Hussain has been named the key conspirator. All 15, the chargesheet alleges, were guiding their foot soldiers on the violence in the area. It accused them of using a WhatsApp group on the anti-CAA protests to instigate violence in the Jafarabad-Seelampur area. In all, 751 first information reports (FIRs) were filed in connection with the riots. “Of the total FIRs, 59 were assigned to the SIT constituted in the Crime Branch, 691 were investigated by the district police, and one case registered on March 6 to investigate the larger conspiracy behind the riots was assigned to the Special Cell,” the police said. As part of the probe, 12 pistols, 121 empty cartridges, 92 live cartridges, 61 glass bottles filled with noxious chemicals and an assortment of sharp-edged weapons have been seized so far by the police. In the clash that broke out in the last week of February, at least 53 people died and 583 others were injured. Also, proper ties were widely damaged in arson attacks during the riots. P5 Seven Haryana districts bordering Delhi badly under grip of Covid-19 HARPRE ET BAJ WA @ Chandigarh SEVEN Haryana districts bordering Delhi account for nearly half of the northern state’s Covid-19 load which crossed the one lakh mark with 2,694 fresh cases on Wednesday . As per the health bulletin, a total of 1,01,361 coronavirus cases have been reported in Haryana till date of which 49,288 cases are from these seven districts. Also, these districts account for 819 of the 1045 Covid fatalities. Gurugram district reported its highest single-day spike of 421 fresh cases. Faridabad has the maximum load with 16,701 cases (292 cases on Wednesday followed by Gu, rugram 16,344 (421 cases) and Sonepat 6447 (169 cases). Other affected districts include Rewari (4731), Pawal (2065) Jhaj- Apple’s 2nd largest contract manufacturer may enter TN BINITA JAISWAL @ Chennai What police found during investigation say anything on it right now,” N Muruganandam, Industry Secretary Tamil Nadu, said. , Experts pointed out that it will be a win-win deal for Pegatron. Apart from benefits such as subsidy on land lease and capital, the company will have a support ecosystem and apt infrastructure as Foxconn already has a factory . The state government’s incentives will be in addition to those offered by the Centre. Pe g atron could not be reached for comments. jar (2003) and Nuh (997). Incidentally Faridabad tops the list , of toll with 197 deaths, followed by Gurugram 153, Sonepat 42, Jhajjar 19, Nuh 18 and Palwal 14. The state has 21,334 active cases, while 78,937 patients have been discharged. The fatality rate is 1.03 per cent and the positivity rate is 6.50 per cent. The rate at which infec- tions are doubling is 27 days and recovery rate is 77.91 per cent. As per the bulletin till date people put under surveillance are 2,27,208 and total samples of 15,65,646 people taken. On Tuesday 2,493 fresh cases , and 26 deaths in a single day were reported, pushing the toll of fatalities to 1,026 and total cases to 98,622. On Saturday the , state had reported its highest single day spike of 2,783 cases. As many cases are being reported in government offices/ departments, the state chief secretary in communication to various heads of departments, commissioners of all divisions in Haryana, deputy commissioners, MDs of Boards and Corporations and registrars of all the universities in the state listed certain preventive measures which need to be taken. YSRC MP RAISES ISSUE IN LOK SABHA The high court’s order to gag media was raised in Parliament, too. Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party MP Mithun Reddy urged the Centre to direct the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate the Amaravati land scam. Referring to the high court’s gag order, Mithun Reddy said all this is just because the former advocate general is there and the kith and kin of a judge are there. Law must be the same for all from the Prime Minister to the common man, he added D E L H I COV I D WAT C H STATUS OF CASES Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases Today Cumulative 3313 194516 33* 4839 -- 30914 4473 230269 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital Care centre Health centre 14521 6783 7738 8137 1908 3493* 601 426 175 HOME ISOLATION : 17324 *2736 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights TESTING STATUS 11,275 51,318 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in city 23,09,578 1,21,556 Total tests done so far Tests per million n Containment zones as on date: 1637 n received in control room: 186 Calls n number of calls dispatched to Total ambulances: 1453 n number of calls refused : Nil Total Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for Sept 16 EXPRESS READ ‘Strong presence of Islamic State in south’ NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency has found strong presence of the Islamic State in the southern states, the government told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Union Minister of Home Affairs for State G Kishan Reddy said all five Southern states feature in the list. According to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the NIA has registered 17 cases related to the presence of IS in Telangana, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and arrested 122 suspects. All IS-related organisations have been banned by the government, the minister said. advisor to the State government (public affairs), said it gives the impression that the law is one for the influential and another for the common man. “We will definitely go to the Supreme Court. If we have to go by the High Court orders, none will be able to speak on Amaravati scam. Gagging the media, executive, legislature and investigation agencies... this is a serious issue. People, intellectuals and legal experts must speak up,” he said. “It is understandable if the high court questions in a case where a person’s liberty is suppressed or innocent people are deprived of their rights or if the vulnerable are oppressed. How could the media be gagged?” Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy asked. It seems like an over-reaction, he said. “It appears Dammalapati’s advocate Mukul Rohatgi argued that his client and daughters of a Supreme Court judge are named... If they had done something, shouldn’t such deeds be questioned?” DEMOLITION CASE Babri verdict on Sept 30, Advani told to be present N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow THE special CBI court will on September 30 deliver its verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case, 28 years after the incident. Special CBI court judge Surendra Kumar Yadav has issued directives to all the accused, including former Deputy PM LK Advani, BJP stalwarts Murli Manohar Joshi, form UP CM and exGovernor of Rajasthan Kalyan Singh, former BJP lawmaker Vinay Katiyar and Uma Bharti along with 32 others. The Special CBI court has tried those who were allegedly involved in the criminal conspiracy leading to the demolition of Babri mosque by frenzied kar sevaks in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. The court earlier this month completed all proceedings in the case by recording statements of all 32 accused. Lawyer KK Mishra, who is representing 25 out of the 32 accused in the case, including Advani, Joshi, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti, confirmed the date set by the court for delivering the verdict. The Supreme Court had given the CBI court a one-month extension, instructing it to wind up the case by September 30. The earlier deadline for judgment had expired on August 31. Last year in July, it had extended the deadline for completion of criminal trial by six months and given nine months for delivering the final order. The deadline expired on April 19 and another extension till August 31. On April 19, 2017, the Supreme Court had ordered the special judge to conduct dayto-day trial, concluding it in two years. The SC had termed the Allahabad High Court’s February 12, 2001 verdict dropping conspiracy charges against Advani and others as “erroneous”. Before the 2017 verdict of the apex court, there were two sets of cases relating to the demolition, going on in Lucknow and Rae Bareli. The first case referred to kar sevaks who were proceeded against in a Lucknow court, while the second set of cases relating to eight VIPs was being heard in a Rae Bareli court. In April 2017, the Supreme Court transferred the Rae Bareli case to the Special CBI court in Lucknow. While Advani and Joshi attended court proceeding and recorded statements through video conference, the rest of the accused appeared in Lucknow to record their statements. Almost all the accused pleaded not guilty and termed it as a conspiracy hatched by their political rivals to frame them in a conspiracy case. PUZZLE No samples taken, yet MP villagers test Covid positive A N U R A A G S I N G H @ Bhopal OVER a dozen villagers, whose throat and nasal swab samples were not taken for testing, have been declared positive for the deadly novel coronavirus in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. A probe has been ordered by the Dhar district administration into the lapse. Two contractual employees, who had gone to the Tana village in Nisarpur block of Dhar district on Sept 8 to test the vil- lagers for the deadly viral infection, have been sacked. Health workers, Bachchan Mujalda and the lab technician Gumansingh Chouhan, had gone to Tana village to collect samples of villagers for Covid-19 testing. They took the nasal and throat swab samples of four villagers. Reports said other villagers either refused to give their samples or went out of the village to avoid giving samples. The two returned with tubes bearing samples of 19 villagers. The sample collections were mentioned in a register maintained by the village sarpanch and panchayat secretary . The 19 sample tubes were sent for RT-PCR test at a laboratory in adjoining Indore. A few days later, the reports of 17 out of the 19 samples were out, all of which were Covid positive. While the reports per- tained to samples of two of the four persons whose swab samples were actually taken, the 15 other positive reports pertained to those villagers who had not given their samples. Harjit Mujalde was among the 15 persons tested positive, though his swab samples were not taken. “I was not present in my village that day so my sam, I was not present in my village that day and so my samples were not taken. How can I be found COVID-19 positive? This is nothing, but major lapse and exposes corruption in COVID-19 testing Harjit Mujalde, a villager ples were not taken. How can I be found Covid-19 positive?” Dhar collector Alok Singh said the contractual health workers were sacked and a preliminary probe has revealed a lapse on their part. The two health workers have blamed the testing lab in Indore for the lapse. “We’ve been facing the ire of villagers, who allege they are being wrongly tested positive,” said one of them. “We wanted to check whether the lab is actually testing the samples correctly ” .
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