WEDNESDAY 07 OCTOBER, 2020 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard JJP IN TROUBLE FARMERS BEGIN SIT-IN AT SIRSA Vow to continue their protest till Chautalas remain in Haryana government PAGE 8 ROGER PENROSE SEK 10 mn A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi FOR the first time since the September 30 cremation of the Hathras gang-rape and murder victim in the dead of night allegedly without the consent and presence of her family the , Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday sought to justify its action, saying it was done to prevent large-scale violence the next morning. Citing intelligence inputs of the possibility of major law and order problems, the UP government in an affidavit to the Supreme Court, said the cremation happened at 2.30 am and security forces were already on high alert in the district because of the Babri masjid verdict a day later. Amid demands for protection to the victim’s family, a bench led by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde directed the UP government to submit a fresh affidavit specifying whether it has put in place a witness protection plan for them and other witnesses. The court described the assault as horrible and shocking. Appearing for the state government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, “I am not opposing the petition. There are narratives and narratives in the public domain. Let us not sensationalise the death of a young girl. Investigation APPOINTMENT Dinesh Kumar Khara is new SBI chairman EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE Centre on Tuesday appointed Dinesh Kumar Khara as the next chairman of State Bank of India (SBI) for three ye a r s with ef fec t from Wednesday as the three-year term of Rajnish Kumar came to an end on Tuesday . Khara, 56, is one of the four managing directors of SBI who were interviewed for the top post by the Banks Board Bureau. As per convention, SBI chairman is appointed from a pool of serving managing directors at the bank. Interestingly Khara’s name , was recommended by the Banks Board Bureau in 2017 as well but he had then lost to Rajnish Kumar. A Masters in Business Administration from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University he joined SBI as a , probationary officer in 1984 where he served in various capacities and played a major role in merging SBI with its five associate banks and the Bhartiya Mahila Bank . The high-profile appointment in the SBI comes at a time when the banking sector is facing the challenges of loan moratorium, rising nonperforming assets and shrinking credit. should just be f air and impartial.” In its affidavit, the UP government requested the Supreme Court to order a probe by the CBI under its own supervision into the horrific assault on September 14. In the court, Mehta said: “Your lordships must supervise the investigation and the purpose of it must not be lost.” Senior advocate Indira Jaising said she was on the same page on having a court monitored probe while seeking the protection for the victim’s family and ensuring fair investigation. During the hearing, the bench asked Mehta to clarify whether the victim’s family has chosen a lawyer or not. It also sought to know the scope of the suo motu proceedings before the Allahabad High Court in connection with the case. “We want suggestions from all of you as to the scope of the proceedings in Allahabad and how we can widen and make them more relevant,” it said while putting off the hearing for next week. RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR & M A N I S H A N A N D @ Patna / New Delhi File photo of police personnel cremating a Dalit woman in the early hours of September 30 in Hathras district, allegedly without her family’s consent | PTI However, seasoned jurists wondered why the SC chose to hear the case in the first place despite the Allahabad High Court having already passed several directions in the matter. The HC ordered several senior police and revenue officers to be present in court on October 12. Also, the court directed that the parents, brothers and sisters of the victim be personally present in court so as to ascertain facts from them directly . Expressing surprise, Supreme Court lawyer K V Dhananjay said: “It is unclear why the Supreme Court would interfere or what would be the scope of its interference when a more effective arrangement in uncovering the truth had already been made by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court.” Echoing him, advocate on record at the Supreme Court Anas Tanvir said, “Supreme Court has in past held that the high courts are better equipped to deal with such matters and have asked the petitioners to JOURNALIST AMONG FOUR ARRESTED In a late night swoop, the UP police arrested a journalist and three others allegedly associated with the Popular Front of India and its allied outfit Campus Front of India. They were taken into custody near Mathura late on Monday evening. They were on way to Hathras from Delhi. The journalist P7 was identified as Siddique Kappan, who works out of Delhi approach HCs instead. The same could have been done in present case, more so because the Allahabad HC had already taken suo motu cognisance of the issue.” Be that as it may the UP gov, ernment’s affidavit justifying the cremation said: “The district administration at Hathras had been receiving several intelligence inputs since the morning of September 29 on the manner in which the dharna had taken place at Safdarjung hospital and the whole issue was being exploited and a caste/communal colour was being given.” Apart from the Babri verdict, concerns regarding the coronavirus safety protocol also came into play it said. , “In such extraordinary and severe circumstances, the district administration took the decision to convince the parents of the deceased to cremate her with all religious rites at night to avoid large-scale violence in the morning to cremate the body of the victim that was lying for almost more than 20 hours after her death and post-mortem,” the affidavit stated. It said once the postmortem had been done, “there cannot be any bad intention” to speed up the cremation “except to obviate the potential violent situation resulting from the planned caste divide by certain vested interests”. India pokes China from quad meet P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi IN a subtle message to China, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said India believes in respecting territorial integrity and peaceful resolution of disputes. Addressing a meeting of the foreign ministers of Australia, Japan and the US in Tokyo, he said India is “committed to upholding the rules-based international order”. The US-India-Australia-Japan quadrilateral consultations come amid growing concerns over Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region and India-China border tension in eastern Ladakh. Beijing is opposed to the ‘quad’ grouping, which it says was set up to contain China’s ‘development’ in the region. In an apparent reference to China, Jaishankar said, “The fact that we are meeting here today, in person, despite the EXPRESS READ Don back in White House after 4 days in hospital Washington: US President Donald Trump returned to the White House Monday night after spending four days at a military hospital where he was treated for coronavirus. Trump, 74, tried to show his fitness by climbing up the stairs instead of using elevators to go to his residence. “Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!! he tweeted to his supporters soon after. PAGES 12 ANDREA GHEZ NDA unveils seat-sharing deal, Nitish to lead in Bihar Cremation in the dead of night to prevent Hathras violence: Govt UP wants CBI probe under SC supervision; bench seeks clarity on witness protection and scope of Allahabad HC proceedings OR $1.1 MN IS THE PRIZE MONEY, WHICH WILL BE SHARED AMONG THE WINNERS REINHARD GENZEL THREE SCIENTISTS SHARE NOBEL PHYSICS PRIZE FOR STUDY OF BLACK HOLE Briton Roger Penrose was feted for discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of theory of relativity. American Andrea Ghez, German Reinhard Genzel were awarded for discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy | P12 global pandemic, is a testimo- various aspects of bilateral ny to the importance that ties and measures to enhance these consultations have cooperation. “Began my Togained, particularly in recent kyo visit with a bilateral meettimes.” ing with @SecPompeo. 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TWO days ahead of the close of nominations for the first phase of Bihar Assembly polls, the NDA on Tuesday unveiled the seat adjustment plans: the JD-U will contest 122 seats and the BJP 121. On the alliance’s chief , ministerial candidate, the two lead partners declared there are no ifs and buts about the leadership of the incumbent, Nitish Kumar. As per the seat arrangement, the JD-U will adjust the Jitan Ram Manjhi-led Hindustan Awami Morcha (HAM) from its quota while the BJP will leave seats for the Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) of Mukesh Sahini, who exited the opposition Grand Alliance a few days ago. The BJP may end up contesting more seats since it is reportedly negotiating for three-four seats with the VIP On the other . hand, HAM will get seven seats from the JD-U’s share. Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi asserted the NDA would form the government with Nitish in the saddle. State BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal went so far as to say the party could write to the Election Commission against the use of names and pictures of the party leaders in poll campaigns by anyone outside the NDA — a clear hint at the LJP which has , announced to field its candidates against JD-U nominees. Nitish asserted that there is no misunderstanding in the NDA, and that the alliance is firm on projecting its development plans and achievements before the electorate. To the criticism of his leadership by Chirag Paswan, he remained guarded. But he sought to remind the LJP that it was his party that had played a role in sending Ram Vilas Paswan to the Rajya Sabha. In a related development, senior BJP leader Rajendra Singh, who had narrowly lost the last elections, joined the LJP Singh, who is with the RSS . background, is all set to contest on the LJP ticket against the JD-U nominee. There are indications that a few of the defeated BJP candidates in 2015 may also contest from P8 the LJP . Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and Chief Minister and JD-U president Nitish Kumar arrive at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday to announce the seat sharing arrangement among the NDA allies for the Bihar election | PTI High security plates for vehicles on hold in city E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi DELHI Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot has decided to postpone the High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) implementation following panic among vehicle owners. The drive was due from midOctober. The decision came at a meeting held by the minister with all stakeholders over the grievances linked to HSRP and Colour Coded Stickers. Gahlot has directed the HSRP, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and dealers to set up a system/help desk to address the grievances. The dealers and manufacturers have also been directed not to book any new appointments for HSRP until a system is in place. “Our objective is public convenience. The HSRP was misinterpreted by a section that thought we were enforcing the HSRP rule immediately. This led to panic among vehicle owners,” said Gahlot. “We will give sufficient time to vehicle owners to get the HSRP and Colour Coded Stickers installed before enforcing the rules.” The meeting was attended by senior officers from Transport Department, National Informatics Centre (NIC) and other stakeholders such as OEM, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and HSRP manufacturers. “We are going to submit an SOP, mobile app and doorstep home fixation system this week. Vehicle owners who have booked the plates till today will get them in the next few days,” said a spokesperson for Rosmerta Safety Systems Private Ltd, which manages the official website Bookmyhsrp.com. A public notice on the HSRP installation, fuel stickers and enforcement drive was issued on Sept 24. TODAY’S IPL MATCH KOLKATA VS CHENNAI After ending a three-match losing streak, CSK will look to keep the momentum going as they face KKR. Against Dinesh Karthik’s inconsistent side, Dhoni & Co start favourites. ODDS : KOLKATA 22/23 | CHENNAI 10/11 D E L H I COV I D WAT C H STATUS OF CASES Today Cumulative 2,997 39 -2,676 Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases 2,66,935 5,581 22,720 2,95,236 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital Care centre Health centre 15,834 8,137 527 5,571 1025 270 10,263 6,372* 257 HOME ISOLATION: 13,178 *740 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights TESTING STATUS 9,103 44,488 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in the city 33,70,968 1,77,419 Total tests done so far Tests per million Containment zones as on date: 2697 Calls received in control room: 147 Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1411 Total number of calls refused : Nil Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for Oct 06 5 Piyush Chawla (156) is five wickets shy of becoming second-most successful bowler in tournament. Lasith Malinga (170) and Amit Mishra (160) are ahead of him. LIVE: STAR SPORTS1/ HOTSTAR @ 7.30PM Rajasthan HC hands life sentence to 4 in Alwar gang-rape case R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur A special SC/ST court on Tuesday convicted four persons involved in a gang-rape of a Dalit woman in 2019 in Alwar and awarded rigorous life imprisonment to them. In addition, a fine of `1 lakh each has been imposed on the convicts. The recovered amount will be given to the victim. A fifth convict was awarded five-year imprisonment under the IT Act for filming and circulating a video clip of the incident. The court said the gang-rape was similar to the ‘cheer-haran’ or disrobing of Draupadi in the Mahabharat and hoped that the strong punishment handed to the culprits would help in checking a flood of rape crimes in the country . Welcoming the verdict, the victim’s lawyer said he had expected a strong punishment. Commenting on the verdict, CM Ashok Gehlot tweeted: “It sets an example how a swift inquiry can lead to justice. All investigating officers, police & administrative officials in this case deserve appreciation.” The four convicts — Hansraj CM welcomes verdict Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot welcomed the court verdict in the case. He congratulated police and administrative officers for swiftly ordering inquiry in the case that lead to its logical conclusion Gurjar, Ashok Gujar, Chhotelal Gurjar and Indraj Gurjar — had raped the woman in front of her husband on the Thanagazi-Alwar bypass on April 26 last year. All the five culprits were present in court when the verdict was delivered. The five men had forcibly stopped the bike-borne couple on the Alwar-Thanagazi highway on April 26, 2019 and dragged them behind sand dunes off the road. They gangraped the woman in front of her husband. It took the Rajasthan police seven days to make the first arrest. In that crucial seven-day gap, the accused not only threatened the victim’s family but also demanded money . The local police had told the victim and her family that they would have to wait till polling ended in the region. Alwar was among 12 seats in Rajasthan that went to the polls on May 6 and it was only a day later that the police made its first arrest. As the crime was reported amid the last Lok Sabha polls, it generated a great deal of political heat. The BJP held protests across all districts of the state to corner the Gehlot government. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had met the victim and assured her family of quick justice. The Gehlot government gave her a job in the police department.
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