MONDAY HAMILTON NOW LEVEL WITH SCHUMACHER’S RECORD 12 Six-time world champion comes up on top at Eifel Grand Prix to equal German great’s tally of 91 Formula One wins. OCTOBER, 2020 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard 6 POTHOLES NO SOLUTION IN SIGHT IN DELHI no of races remaining in the calendar CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD NEXT? A year after CM said he wants to make Delhi pothole-free, bumpy rides continue ■ A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 5 HATHRAS HORROR CBI TAKES CHARGE, FILES FRESH CASE N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow NEW DELHI ANDHRA Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s letter to Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, in which he levelled serious allegations Justice N V Ramana, has perhaps put the CJI in a position no other head of India’s judiciary has faced. Unlike anonymous complaints from the public against members of the judiciary, this letter to the CJI has been written by a person holding a constitutional position against another person, who also holds a similar post. In the face of this situation, Chief Justice Bobde may have no option but to take cogni- FARM LAWS PM hits out at Oppn for bid to derail reforms EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Eligibility criteria for compensation Victim must have suffered loss or injury causing ‘substantial’ loss to the income of the family Procedure for grant of compensation Following a recommendation from court or application by victim, DLSA/SLSA verifies the facts raised in the claim and after due inquiry, decides on grant of compensation COMPENSATION SCHEME IN VARIOUS STATES Delhi: `3-5 lakh Haryana: `3 lakh Rajasthan: `2 lakh Assam: `1.75 lakh West Bengal: `2-3 lakh COMPENSATION GIVEN TO VICTIMS STATE-WISE (JAN 2016-JULY 2018) No. of Compensation State/UT cases disbursed Delhi 697 J57 cr Bihar 694 J2 cr Tamil Nadu 3,308 J2 cr Karnataka 5,756 J5 cr Uttar Pradesh 229 J1.45 cr Madhya Pradesh 610 J3 cr Chattisgarh 373 J86 lakh REASONS FOR DELAY Lack of awareness among survivors, police, lawyers Multiple agencies involved Often, victims don’t get compensation as police fail to forward cases to State Legal Services Authority, the sanctioning body Files get stuck with divisional commissioner who is responsible for disbursing funds NIRBHAYA FUND LARGELY UNUTILISED K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi DAYS after the alleged gang-rape and murder of a Dalit girl in Hathras, the spotlight is back on the way the victims and their families are treated. Though governments generally announce compensation, in most cases accessing it is not easy which is one reason why much of the awarded sum is , yet to be disbursed, data analysis shows. In 2016, a Central Victim Compensation Fund within the Nirbhaya fund created Five states by the Union government, released a spent zero grant to all states, of which just 36% were Maharashtra, used, according to a parliamentary panel Manipur, Sikkim, report last year. Meghalaya, Lack of awareness among survivors is Tripura and a key reason for not getting compensaDaman & Diu did tion. There have been cases where the not spent even a police fail to forward cases to the State rupee from the Legal Services Authority the sanctioning , Nirbhaya Fund body The biggest bottleneck is the divi. sional commissioner, who is responsible for disbursing funds but files get stuck at that level. Each state has its own scheme for compensating victims of sexual violence and the payout varies. The Ministry of Home Affairs released `1,656 crore in last five years to states and UTs under the Nirbhaya Fund, but received utilisation certificates for less than 9% of the sum. This means only `146.98 crore of the total amount was utilised. ■ PAGES 12 He cannot sit on it; opinion divided on whether he should call a full SC court or form a panel to study the matter @ New Delhi SITTING ON COMPENSATION J8.00 Charges against SC judge put CJI in a spot EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE A day after the Centre handed over the probe into the alleged gang-rape and murder of a 20-year-old Dalit girl in Hathras, the agency registered a case at its Anti-Corruption Branch in Ghaziabad under relevant sections of the IPC and the SC/ ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989, on Sunday . It filed its first information report (FIR) against main accused Sandeep of Boolgarhi village based on a complaint lodged by the victim’s brother at Chandpa police station in Hathras on September 14. He had alleged that the accused tried to kill her by strangulation in a millet field. The case was earlier being probed by a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by Family to go the UP government on September 30. On to HC today the SIT’s radar was also Dr Rajkumari Bansal, a member of the Jabalpur MediThe victim’s . family will appear cal College’s faculty She had stayed with the victim’s family from October 4-6, posbefore the Lucknow bench of ing as the deceased girl’s sister-in-law. “I’m India’s daughter. I’ll go back to the the Allahabad family again and fight for them,” Bansal High Court today told this newspaper. She also faces posto apprise it of sible disciplinary action by her college. their version of The CBI named Seema Pahuja, deputy the incident superintendent of police, ACB (Ghaziabad), as the Investigating Officer for the probe. The team is likely to reach Hathras soon and take over the the case from the district police and the SIT. The victim, who succumbed to injuries at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on September 29, had named four person in her dying declaration — Sandeep, Ramkumar, Ravi and Luvkush. All four are under arrest. Hamilton could equal another of the German’s records if he wins the drivers’ championship. Schumacher leads with seven. Hamilton said he didn’t think it was possible to match Schumacher’s record of 91 wins. P11 @ New Delhi PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lashed out at the critics of his government’s agri-reforms, saying they do not want farmers to become self-reliant. “Many people don’t want villages, the poor, the farmer and the labourer to be ‘aatmanirbhar’ (self-reliant),” he said, speaking at a programme to launch the physical distribution of property cards under the ‘SVAMITVA’ scheme. The PM said his government’s measures to empower farmers, including by directly transf e r r i n g money to them, have hit the middleman hard by wiping out their source of “illegitimate earnings”. He charged that the opposition strengthened its power through the middlemen. “They are upset not for farmers but for themselves. For ages they strengthened their power through middlemen,” the PM said. The SVAMITVA scheme is aimed at providing legal documents for properties held by rural households. “The beneficiaries will have a right, a legal document of owning their houses. The country has taken another major step towards an Atmanirbhar Bharat,” the PM said. sance of the letter one way or the other, especially as the matter is now in the public domain after the letter was shared with the media by the chief minister’s principal adviser Ajeya Kallam on Saturday . But opinions are divided over the options before the CJI to address the issue. One set of apex court judges said as per procedure, CJI Bobde will have to place the complaint before the full court of the Supreme Court for its consideration. These judges said if a complaint is received against a sitting judge, it needs to be placed before all judges of the court, who will then take a collective decision on the matter. “The fact is that the complaint has been made by a Chief Minister, it is expected of the CJI to place the matter before the full court of the Supreme Court so that an appropriate response can be initiated,” said a former judge. This procedure is also con- tained in the principles of judicial conduct adopted by the SC’s full court two decades ago, which clearly laid down that any complaint against sitting judges would have to be considered by all the judges of the highest court. The need for a full court sitting was considered necessary to keep the judiciary’s image above suspicion. Some other judges felt that the CJI can even decide to set a up a committee to look into the allegations. “In some cases, the NO PRECEDENT TO FALL BACK UPON Whatever be the CJI’s next step, he has no precedent to fall back upon. In his letter, Jagan alleged that Justice Ramana’s family members were involved in “questionable” land deals relating to the Amaravati project and that he interfered with the functioning of the Andhra high court. Ramlila, Puja on as curbs on gatherings relaxed till Oct 31 EX P R ESS N E WS S E RV I CE @ New Delhi IN view of the festival season, restrictions on gatherings in the national capital have been temporarily withdrawn for 20 days till October 31. The ceiling on number of attendees, though, will remain in force. The order, granting relief with certain riders, was issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) after a review on Sunday It paves the . way for Ramlila and Durga Puja celebrations in the city . “The capacity of each event site will be decided on the basis of area and social distancing norms laid down by Ministry of Home Affairs. In closed spaces, a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity will be allowed, with a ceiling of 200 persons, and in open spaces, keeping the size of the ground or RAFALUTION Rafael Nadal decimated World No 1 Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in the French Open final on Sunday. This was his 20th Grand Slam title, equalling Roger Federer’s all-time men’s record NO OF GRAND SLAM TITLES (M) 20 20 17 Roger Federer Rafael Nadal CJI can formulate a committee of sitting judges, too, to probe the alle g ations,” another former SC judge explained, adding that since Justice Ramana is next in line to become the CJI, the allegations against him cannot be ignored. These judges said in the event of the CJI constituting a panel, he may have to divest Justice Ramana of some of his responsibilities, such as dropping him from the SC collegium. Justice Ramana has been a collegium member for some years now. A senior Supreme Court lawyer said irrespective of the merit of the complaint, “the public has a right to know about the collective response of the Supreme Court to it.” D E L H I COV I D WAT C H STATUS OF CASES Today Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases space in view and with the strict observance of social distancing norms,” said the order issued by Delhi chief secretary Vijay Dev, who is also the DDMA chairman. Since the capacity of each open space varies according to its size, the seating capacity will be determined and certified by the district magistrate and the deputy commissioner of police concerned, said the order. No person will be allowed in standing or squatting (sitting on ground) position and only sitting on chairs with social distancing norms shall CONTINUED ON P4 be allowed. Cumulative 3,057 29 -2,780 2,81,869 5,769 21,701 3,09,339 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital Care centre Health centre 16,118 8,137 527 5,229 10,889 935 6,239* 287 240 HOME ISOLATION: 12,470 *963 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights TESTING STATUS 10,801 37,952 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in the city 36,23,419 1,90,706 Total tests done so far Tests per million Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for October 11 CLAY STATION It’s not about equalling Roger on 20, for me today it’s just a Roland Garros victory. Roland Garros means everything to me. I spent most of the most important moments of my tennis career here 13 13 100 French Open titles for Rafael Nadal. He has won the title everytime he has reached the final at Roland Garros French Open titles for Nadal is also the most for any men’s player across all four Grand Slams wins for Nadal at Roland Garros. The highest for anyone at French Open Novak Djokovic WHERE AND WHEN HE WON HIS 20 SLAMS Australian Open 2009 French Open 2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017-2020 Wimbledon 2008, 2010 US Open 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019 AFP SAVING LIVES Nagaland social worker turns ‘guardian angel’ for 48 mothers P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati HONGNAO Konyak is a ‘guardian angel’ for 48 mothers and scores of patients of Mon, a remote district in Nagaland. The 39-year-old social worker went beyond being a Good Samaritan in times of the pandemic. From April to August, he turned his car into an ambulance and ferried 48 pregnant women to the district hospital in Mon, which shares a border with Myanmar, saving not just their lives but also that of their babies. He extended the service to over 100 other non-Covid patients also. “My neighbour was going through labour pain but holed up at home as no vehicle was available. Someone told us about this guardian angel. We contacted him and he arrived in no time,” said Eunice Thalih. Hongnao says he just wanted to save lives. “One day, I saw a patient in my neighbourhood struggling as vehicles were difficult to come by I took him to . the hospital,” Hongnao said. “When I helped the first patient, I thought I should continue this service. I approached the district administration. It g ranted me permission and publicised my service. Soon, I started getting a lot of calls. My father had gifted me the car. He is happy that it was used to save lives.” Mon DM Thavaseelan K said, “We are grateful to him. He was one person who had come forward to help the administration during the pandemic.”
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