FRIDAY CJI TICKS OFF CENTRE FOR NOT CURBING HATRED ON TV JANUARY, 2021 The Supreme Court on Thursday slammed the Centre for not checking TV programmes which instigate or impact a community 29 epaper.morningstandard.in REPORTS CAN’T BE USED TO INCITE VIOLENCE facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard Control over certain news is essential for the maintenance of law and order, said a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde. It noted problem arises when reportage is used to incite violence. “Yesterday, you (govt) shut down internet and mobile because of farmers’ visit to Delhi. I don’t know what happened in the TV yesterday,” the court added | P7 IDENTITY POLITICS ROW ON UDDHAV’S UT PROPOSAL Maharashtra CM’s proposal to declare disputed areas as UT raises temper in K’taka A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 ‘Too much stress in ties with China’ E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi RELATIONS with China have been profoundly disturbed due to last year’s events in eastern Ladakh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday . “The events in eastern Ladakh have profoundly disturbed the relationship. Any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo along the LAC is completely unacceptable. Any expectation that the situation at the border can be brushed aside and life can carry on undisturbed is simply not realistic,” he said in keynote address at the 13th All India Conference of China Studies. Far from mitigating the already existing differences, he said, the events of last year have put the relationship under exceptional stress. “Chinese actions in eastern Ladakh not only signalled a disregard for commitments about minimising troops level but also showed a willingness to breach peace and tranquillity Significantly, . to date, we have yet to receive a credible explanation for the change in China’s stance and massing of troops in border areas.” The minister also pointed out three mutuals — respect, sensitivity and interests — along with eight points to take IndiaChina relations forward. Some of the points that Jaishankar explained include adherence of agreements already in place must in their entirety, respect of the LAC must be strictly respected, and taking the long view. As India’s relationship with China is at a crossroads, Jaishankar said, the choices made by both neighbours will have profound repercussions for the world too. Stressing that relationships between major states are reciprocal in nature, he said that sensitivity to concerns and priorities cannot be one-sided. “While both nations are committed to a multi-polar world, there should be recognition that a multi-polar Asia is one of its essential consequences.” CHINA’S SINS Stapled visas issued to some Indians Reluctance to deal with military commands Blocking Nuclear Suppliers Group bid Blocking UN Security Council bid Stopping listing of Pak-based terrorist at UNSC Promise of market access not delivered Violation of sovereignty by CPEC Friction at border areas of the two countries WAYS TO NORMALISE TIES Agreements already reached must be adhered to in their entirety, both in letter and spirit. Where the handling of the border areas are concerned, the LAC must be strictly observed and respected; any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo is completely unacceptable. WHILE BOTH NATIONS ARE COMMITTED TO A MULTI-POLAR WORLD, THERE SHOULD BE A RECOGNITION THAT A MULTI-POLAR ASIA IS ONE OF ITS ESSENTIAL CONSTITUENTS. Each state will have its own interests, concerns and priorities; but sensitivity to them cannot be one-sided. At the end of the day, relationships between major states are reciprocal in nature. There will always be divergences and differences but their management is essential to our ties CIVILIZATIONAL STATES LIKE INDIA AND CHINA MUST ALWAYS TAKE THE LONG VIEW Peace and tranquillity in the border areas is the basis for development of relations in other domains. If they are disturbed, so inevitably will the rest of the relationship As rising powers, each will have their own set of aspirations and their pursuit too cannot be ignored No violence has taken place at the Ghazipur border but still the UP government is resorting to policy of suppression. This is the face of the UP government Rakesh Tikait, BKU leader Tikait holds fort BKU leader Rakesh Tikait gave a fiery speech on Thursday threatening to commit suicide if the farm laws were not repealed. “We are here to talk to the government on repeal of farm laws and not going back till that’s done,” he said BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait strikes a defaint note as he addresses farmers at Ghazipur on Thursday | PARVEEN NEGI Centre bares iron fist to agitators Lookout notices against accused, passports to be seized; UP orders farmers to vacate Ghazipur within 24 hrs G AYAT H R I M A N I , S I D D H A N TA M I S H R A A N D H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ New Delhi/Chandigarh PROCEEDING swiftly in the Republic Day violence case, the Delhi Police on Thursday issued 44 look-out circulars (LOC) against three dozen farm union leaders. They have been asked to join the probe by January 31 and directed to bring their passports along. Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government started to clear the Ghazipur agitation site. LoCs are used by immigration officials to prevent accused persons from leaving the country The process of seizure of . passports has been initiated by the home ministry and is a major decision, officials said, explaining that all people who have been named by Delhi Police in the FIRs will not be carrying Indian passports till the matter is pending. Officials said the decision was taken on Thursday morning by Union Home Minister Amit Shah who has been holding a series of meeting with top officials of the Home Ministry and Delhi police since Tuesday when the large scale violence took place in the national capital during the farmers tractor rally. Shah has been continuously monitoring the situation in Delhi, a home ministry of‘I AM WITH ficial said, adding that the minister is FARMERS’ expected to chair a second meeting on Thursday night to review the law and Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi order situation in the capital. Union Tourism Minister Prahlad said it was time to Singh Patel on Thursday said that two choose a side. “My brass finials on top of the minar were decision is clear. I found missing after chaos ensued in the am with democracy, Red Fort complex but were later found I am with farmers and their peaceful in a damaged state. The case was transferred to Delhi po- movement,” he lice’s special cell to investigate “interna- tweeted. His party tional angle” in the ensuing violence at colleague Amarinder Red Fort. Police, meanwhile, invoked a Singh also lashed criminal case under provisions of Un- out at the Centre. lawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and sedition charges in the Red Fort case. Besides the LOCs, Delhi Police has issued notice to 20 other farmer unions leaders including Yogendra Yadav, Rakesh Tikait, Balbir Singh Rajewal Surjeet Singh Phool, Gurnam Singh Chaduni and others in connection with the violence that took place on Republic Day in Delhi. According to a senior police officer, notice has been issued to all farmer union leaders who attended the meeting with the Delhi Police, agreed to all 36 conditions and signed the undertaking to conduct the rally on Republic Day Around 25 . FIRs have been registered by the Delhi police in the matter and 19 accused arrested and 50 persons have been detained so far. Around 394 Police personnel have been injured in TuesCONTINUED ON P7 day’s violence. ‘OPENING PANT ZIP NOT SEX ASSAULT’ S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I & K A N U S A R D A @ Mumbai / New Delhi THE Bombay High Court has held that holding a child’s hands and unzipping pants do not fall under the definition of sexual assault under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. A single judge bench of Justice Pushpa Ganediwala of the Nagpur bench of Bombay HC delivered this judgment on January 15 while hearing a criminal appeal filed against the conviction and sentencing of a 50-yearold man for molesting a fiveyear-old girl. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court had stayed another order from the same judge, delivered on January 19, which interpreted sexual assault provisions under POCSO Act as only skin-to- skin contact with sexual intent. The judge had acquitted a 39-year-old man accused of groping a minor of ‘sexual assault’ charge under POCSO Act saying there was no “skin-to-skin contact with sexual intent” and hence the act only constituted ‘outraging modesty’ under the Indian Penal Code, an offence that entails lesser penalty . The SC allowed Attor ney General K K Venugopal to file a Special Leave Petition against the high court ruling and also issued notice to the Maharashtra gover nment and the accused. Since the victim in the case SC SAID GOVT CAN USE CABLE TV NETWORKS ACT 1994 TO CONTROL TV BROADCAST was only five years old, the sessions court had ruled that the act was ‘aggravated sexual assault’ punishable under Section 10 of POCSO Act. The perpetrator warded five years’ jail term and a fine of `25,000 with a default simple imprisonment for six months. The complaint was filed by the child’s mother, who said she saw the accused, Libnus Kujur, with his pants unzipped and holding her daughter’s hands. The mother also said the accused removed his penis from his pants and asked her to come to bed to sleep. Overtur ning the lower court order, Justice Ganedi- The judge’s intrepretation of POCSO Act Justice Ganediwala’s order notes the definition of ‘sexual assault’ under POCSO Act says there has to be ‘physical contact with sexual intent without penetration’ wala noted that the prosecution has not been able to prove the charge of ‘sexual assault’ or ‘aggravated sexual assault’ under the POCSO Act which says there has to be “physical contact with sexual intent without penetration”. The two judgments have come in for severe criticism from all quarters. Justice (retd) Pradeep Nandrajog, a former chief Justice of the Bombay HC, called both the judgments “flawed and perverse”. Holding that the rulings could have wide implication in future cases, Justice (retd) Abhay Thipsay of the same high court, said, “What if in a case, the accused person is wearing gloves? He can use this judgment to argue that there was no skin-to-skin touch and hence no sexual assault.” With agency inputs Oppn to boycott Prez address to Parl for second consecutive time E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi A day before the start of the budget session of Parliament, over a dozen Opposition parties decided to boycott the customary President’s address to a joint sitting of both the Houses on Friday as a mark of solidarity with the farmers protesting against the new farm laws. While 16 Opposition parties issued a joint statement announcing the boycott and demanding a probe into the Centre’s role in the violence on Republic Day in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal, a former NDA ally , too, decided to skip the Presidential address. As for the treasury benches, the BJP has issued whip to members, asking them to stay All-party meet on Sat While Speaker Om Birla will meet floor leaders of all parties after the Lok Sabha is adjourned on Friday, PM Modi will convene an all-party meeting on Saturday put in the Capital. “We are issuing a statement from 16 political parties that we are boycotting President’s address,” announced Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha. This is the second time in a row that the Opposition is boycotting the Presidential address. Last year, they had assembled in front of the Ambedkar statue on the campus and read the preamble of the Constitution to register their opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act. The other parties that are signatories to the joint statement are NCP Shiv Sena, AITC, , DMK, JKNC, SP, RJD, CPI(M), CPI, IUML, RSP, PDP, MDMK, Kerala Congress and AIUDF. “The PM and the BJP government remain arrogant, adamant and undemocratic in their response... The three farm laws are an assault on the rights of the states and violate the federal spirit of the Constitution. If not repealed, these laws will effectively dismantle the edifice of national food security that rests upon minimum support price, government procurement and the public distribution system,” the joint statement read. “We believe the gover nment has miserably failed in handling the agitation,” Azad said. Rajdeep, Tharoor among eight booked for sedition E X P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ New Delhi THE ongoing police crackdown against following violence in Delhi on Republic Day took a new turn on Thursday night with the Noida Police slapping sedition charges against a bunch of senior journalists, including India Today’s consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai, in its FIR. The others named in the FIR are Congress member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor, Mrinal Pande, senior editorial con- DELHI COVID WATCH STATUS OF CASES RECOVERED DEATH ACTIVE CASES TOTAL +VE Today 119 06 -199 Cumulative 6,22,114 10,835 1,575 6,34,524 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant H OS P I TA L 8,729 711 8,018 CARE CENTRE 7,392 20 7,291* H E A LT H C E N T R E 307 -307 *81 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and Bubble flights 645 HOME ISOLATION TESTING STATUS 31,247 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted 26,746 Rapid antigen test conducted today CONTAINMENT ZONES AS ON DATE: 1,363 Source: Delhi health bulletin | January 28 sultant of National Herald, Zafar Agha, chief editor of Quami Awaz, and Caravan magazine’s chief editor and publisher Paresh Nath, its editor Anant Nath, and executive editor Vinod K Jose. They were booked for allegedly misreporting, provoking and spreading communal disharmony during the clashes. Complainant Arpit Mishra, a 35-year-old resident of Noida, accused them of broadcasting offensive, misleading and provocative news. Did tweet land senior scribe in trouble? Rajdeep was in the eye of a storm as his tweet alleging that a farmer was shot dead by the police went viral. Soon, he corrected himself after the police shared a video of the farmer’s speeding tractor ramming into a security railing and toppling over. The India Today is reported to taken him off the air for 2 weeks. EXPRESS READ Datesheet for CBSE Uttar Pradesh wins exams on Feb 2 best tableau award The CBSE will announce the datesheet for the upcoming Class 10 and 12 Board exam on February 2. The exams are scheduled from May 4 to June 10. “The schedule for Board exams will be announced on February 2,” said Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ . Schools will conduct practical exams held from March 1 and the results of the exams will be announced by July 15. PLOY TRINAMOOL PLANS TO UPSTAGE SHAH Uttar Pradesh’s tableau at this year’s Republic Day parade was adjudged the best by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday. Tripura took the second spot and Uttarakhand came third. The tableau of Central Public Works Department (CPWD), with the theme ‘Amar Jawan’, bagged a special prize for paying tribute to the fallen heroes of the armed forces, the defence ministry noted. The ruling party has decided to organise an event at the same venue in Bengal’s North 24 Parganas on February 9 where the Union Home minister will address a rally on Saturday| P8
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