CHENNAI TUESDAY DECEMBER 17, 2019 `5.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION RTI HAS BECOME UNBRIDLED RIGHT, TIME FOR STRINGS: SC The court on Monday asked if RTI activism has become a full-time job and called for guidelines to filing petitions ‘IT CANNOT BE ANYBODY ASKING ANYTHING’ CENTRE TOLD TO FILL VACANCIES AT CIC “All types of people are filing all kinds of RTI applications who have nothing to do with these subjects,” a bench headed by CJI S A Bobde noted. Bobde raised concerns about the RTI Act being misused to serve malafide interests. “Is it not necessary to evolve some guidelines?” he asked, pointing to cases of blackmail. “It cannot be anybody asking anything,” the CJI said ■ ■ The court was hearing a petition by RTI activist Anjali Bhardwaj on filling up of vacancies in the Information Commissions at the Centre and in states The bench allowed the Centre three months to fill all vacancies in the Central Information Commission 13. 7 lakh RTI APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY CENTRAL AUTHORITIES IN 2018-19 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI PARVEEN NEGI SHEKHAR YADAV Ex-BJP MLA guilty of raping Unnao teen I am a mother and have children of similar age. Youth go to universities to study and you (police) entered their library and dragged them out. India is a democratic county and not dictatorship K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi Priyanka Gandhi WON’T BE Jamia Millia Islamia students (right) protest against the police crackdown against them the previous day and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, in New Delhi on Monday. On Sunday evening, the police COWED barged into the university campus without permission after a mob set public vehicles on fire. The police ransacked the library while hunting down protestors, beat up students and fired tear gas shells DOWN to flush them out of the buildings. Other campuses, too, in Delhi showed solidarity with Jamia, holding peaceful protests in various locations like Jantar Mantar and Delhi University. Politicians cashed in on the opportunity with Congress leaders led by party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (left) staging a two-hour dharna at India Gate and castigating the police for beating up students JAMIA ANGER SPREADS Outrage over Delhi Police entering the univ without permission and beating up students protesting against CAB snowballed with campuses across the country showing solidarity against what they called brutality in khaki R A H I B A R PA R V E E N @New Delhi DID the Delhi Police open fire on people protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill near the Jamia Millia Islamia on Sunday evening? While the police flatly denied it, two protesters, including a student from Jamia, were admitted to Safdarjung Hospital with bullet injuries. Doctors confirmed that two youth were brought to the hospital with bullet injuries on Sunday evening. “One of them received a bullet on the chest and the other on the leg. They are still in the emergency ward,” said a doctor who refused to divulge further details and their medical condition. According to a news agency, both were students. One of them is Sohaib Khan (23), a fourth year student of B Tech at Jamia Hamdard. The other is Ajaz, 22. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Delhi Police public relations officer M S Randhawa denied firing by the policemen, claiming they were not carrying arms. When contacted, DCP South East Chinmay Biswal said re- ports of firing of rubber bullets were being investigated. “We are yet to identify the protesters who have been admitted to Safdarjung hospital. We did not fire at the students. Therefore the matter needs to be verified before making anything official. If the protesters were hit by bullets, why were they not taken to the Holy Family Hospital, which is compara- tively near? Instead, they were taken to Safdarjung, which is far away from Jamia,” he countered. On Monday, peace returned to the site of Sunday’s protests. The situation was under control but tension around and inside the Jamia was palpable. University Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar demanded a high level inquiry into the matter. CONTINUED ON: P9 MOBILISATION IN MYSURU Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act broke out in Shivamogga, Ballari, Mysuru, Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka on Monday. In the picture, hundreds of protesters gather in front of the Mysuru Town Hall defying police orders | UDAYSHANKAR S MAMATA MAKES A MEGA POINT Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee leading a rally in Kolkata against the CAB. With sporadic violence continuing in parts of Bengal, Mamata said: “There are some from outside who are acting as friends of minorities and have indulged in this violence. They are stooges of the BJP.” She was alluding to AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi | PTI | P7 You can dismiss my govt or put me behind bars... If they want to implement it in Bengal, they will have to do it over my dead body Mamata Banerjee SAYING IT WITH BRICKBATS The Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema in Lucknow witnessed tense moments in the morning when students resorted to stone pelting at police and faced baton-charge by them. In the picture, police personnel outside the college gate ducking from intense stone-pelting from inside the campus on Monday | PTI AMU At Aligarh Muslim University, one of the HOSTELS epicenters of protests against CAB, 21 students SHUT were arrested on Monday. The university was shut and all students asked to vacate hostels | PTI HYD UNIV ERUPTS Scores of students from Hyderabad University marching from their campus to Gachibowli Stadium raising slogans against the Modi govt | VINAY MADAPU Jawan killed in firefight with infiltrators at LoC 11 lac transactions in 8 hrs after NEFT goes 24/7 Centre clears `35,298 cr GST dues to states, UTs Srinagar: An Army jawan was killed in a fierce gunfight between Indian troops and suspected Pakistani infiltrators along the Line of Control in Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Monday Mumbai: About 11.40 lakh transactions were settled in the first eight hours of the day after widely-used NEFT was made operational on 24X7 basis, the RBI said on Monday New Delhi: The Centre said on Monday it released `35,298 crore in GST compensation to States and Union Territories. It comes ahead of the GST Council meeting on Wednesday | P13 DMK files contempt plea against SEC @ Chennai THE Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against the State Election Commission (SEC) and the State government alleging that the panel went ahead with preparatory works for rural local body elections without abiding by the court’s order on providing reservation and completing delimitation of wards. In its petition, the DMK said the apex court order on December 6 stated that proportionate reservation based on 2011 census at all levels in accordance with Rule 6 of Tamil Nadu Panchayats (Reservation of Seats and Rotation of Reserved Seats) Rules 1995 should be provided in the local body elections. A Delhi court on Monday convicted former BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh Kuldeep Singh Sengar on charges of raping a 16-year-old girl in 2017 when she approached him seeking help in finding a job. District judge Dharmesh Sharma convicted Sengar under section 376 of the IPC and section 5 (c) of the POCSO Act. On hearing the verdict, Sengar broke down in the courtroom. Co-accused Shashi Singh, however, was acquitted of all charges. The court will hear arguments regarding the length of Sengar’s sentence on Tuesday . “A tirade was unleashed upon the girl and her family members where imprints of the accused Sengar was quite visible,” judge Dharmesh Kumar said. The court also drew attention to the fact that the investigation suffered from a “patriarchal approach”. “This investigation has suffered from a patriarchal approach or inherent outlook to brush the issues of sexual violence against children,” the judge noted. The court also held that the investigation was not fair to the victim. For instance, it noted that the probe was not conducted by a female officer as mandated by section 24 of the POCSO Act. The CBI was censured by the court for showing “insensitivity” towards the victim. “The successive statements had been recorded by summoning the victim to the CBI office without bothering for the kind of re-victimP7 isation” that causes, the order reads. The Supreme Court also ordered putting the polls on hold i n n i n e n ew ly - d iv i d e d districts. The SEC was granted three months for completing the delimitation e x e r c i s e i n Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Vellore, Tirupattur, Ranipet, Villupuram, Kallakuruchi, Tirunelveli and Tenkasi disP4 tricts. COCHIN ECHO One of the biggest campus protests in Kerala was at the Cochin University of Science and Technology. Police arrested 28 students | A SANESH LUNG POWER IN CHENNAI Students of University of Madras in Chennai protesting against the CAA and police action against students in Delhi, on Monday | DEBADADTTA MALLICK CBI blasted for delaying chargesheet The court faulted the CBI for delay in filing the chargesheet in the case despite the probe being over in July 2018. “This delay halted the progress in the rape case too,” the court observed. I found her statement truthful and unblemished that she was sexually assaulted. She is a village girl, not from cosmopolitan educated area... Sengar was powerful person. Judge Dharmesh Kumar Lt Gen MM Naravane named next Army chief M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi EXPRESS READ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE JUSTICE SERVED THE government has decided to elevate Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane as the next Chief of the Army Staff. Naravane, currently serving as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff, will take over from General Bipin Rawat, who will retire as Army Chief on December 31. Sources said the government has followed the principle of seniority in the appointment. After General Rawat, Lt Gen Naravane is the seniormost serving officer of the 1.3 million-strong Indian Army . Naravane assumed the charge of Vice Chief of the Army Staff on September 1, 2019. Prior to this, the General Officer was heading the Eastern Command of the In- dian Army . Naravane is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy. He was commissioned into the 7th Battalion, The Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in June 1980. He comes with rich experience. In his distinguished military career spanning four decades, he has the distinction of serving in active counter-insurgency environments, both in the North East and in Jammu & Kashmir. He was also a part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka during Operation PAWAN. Besides, he has also had the opportunity of serving as a Defence Attache at the Indian Embassy in Myanmar for three years. Kids accused of filming girls allege sex assault EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Coimbatore DAYS after two minor boys, brothers, studying in a Kendriya Vidyalaya here were pulled up by the school authorities for allegedly filming girl students on their mobile phones, their parents have slapped sexual assault charges on the school principal and three women teachers. The elder brother, studying in Class XI, has complained that he and his sibling were sexually harassed under the guise of being frisked. The teachers, he said in the complaint, held them down while the principal searched them for the mobile phone. The boys also claimed that the act was filmed, and the teachers threatened to upload the video online if they complained. Interestingly, while the police have booked the teachers for sexual assault for conducting a pat-down search, the boys have not been booked under relevant sections for filming girl students without their permission or knowledge. Police say the siblings have been booked under Sections 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 447 (Punishment for criminal trespass) of the Indian Penal Code. Meanwhile, around 300 students and a few parents staged a sit-in protest at the school campus on Monday in support , of the arrested teachers. Students boycotted their classes and staged a protest until the police arrived and held talks. What teachers say Teachers say the older one of the siblings was caught using his mobile phone inside the class last Thursday . Later, girls started complaining that he had been us- HARASSMENT UNDER GUISE OF FRISKING? The two boys, both brothers, were pulled up by the teachers a few days ago for allegedly filming girls on their mobile phone during class hour. Parents of the boys have complained that the principal and teachers had sexually harassed the boys under the guise of frisking. ing the phone to film them. The phone was seized. The school management formed a committee, which decided to suspend the boy. Though the police were notified, no case was filed then. “Since the boy’s father is an Air Force official, we decided to inform him,” said the school principal. “The parents, however, were angry when they were informed. The father came to my home the same night, at 11 pm, and picked an argument. He also damaged my door,” alleged the principal. “Now, they are trying to turn the issue against the school.” Sources say that in January this year, the boys had filed a similar complaint against the school principal and a few P5 teachers.
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