VISAKHAPATNAM l THURSDAY l SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION RUSSIA INKS DEAL ON VACCINE DOSES WITH DR REDDY’S LABS Russia’s sovereign wealth fund RDIF, which is leading the vaccine project, will supply 10 crore doses to Dr Reddy’s 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 ■ 40,000 ALL AMERICANS TO GET FREE VACCINE SHOT ■ ■ Meanwhile, the US outlined a sweeping plan on Wednesday to make vaccines for Covid-19 available for free to all Americans The Pentagon is involved with the distribution of vaccines, but civilian health workers will be the ones giving shots Vaccines to be shipped within 24 hrs of FDA’s emergency nod | P9 NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS UNDERGOING PHASE III TRIALS IN RUSSIA 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 15 figure in Delhi communal riots plot chargesheet EXPRESS READ Strong presence of ISIS in southern states: MHA 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 | P5 Police claim the accused used a WhatsApp group to instigate violence in Jafrabad Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tests positive for Covid-19 New Delhi: Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday tested positive for Covid-19. Gadkari tweeted that he consulted doctor on Tuesday as he was feeling weak. During the medical checkup, his test returned positive ALL SET FOR BRAHMOTSAVAMS Brahmotsavams of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala will be conducted in Ekantham from September 19 to 27 | EXPRESS State government to move SC against HC’s media gag THE Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday decided to move the Supreme Court, challenging 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. This was announced by Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, advisor to the State government (public affairs). The High Court had on Tuesday evening issued the interim orders on an application filed by Dammalapati Srinivas, hours after the State Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) filed a case against him and 12 others for alleged insider trading in Amaravati under the Pre- vention of Corruption Act and sections of the IPC. Terming the HC orders unfortunate, unusual, unprecedented and surprising, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy 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 HC 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 remarked and asked whose interests ought to be protected by the judiciary “It is understand. able if the HC questions in a case where a person’s liberty is sup- ONLY COURT, NOT GOVT, CAN REVIEW POLICY DECISIONS, ASSERTS HC HC stays GOs on forming SIT to probe Amaravati scam EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada Remarking that there was no progress in investigation though ample time was taken, the AP High Court said, “Only courts have the power to review unilateral, irrational or illegal policy decisions taken by a government,” and pointed out that in this particular case, there were policy related shortcomings such as taking up investigation before registering a case and seeking constitution of a special court EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada THE Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday stayed Government Orders (GOs) pertaining to the constitution of a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the alleged Amaravati land scam. It also rejected the additional affidavits filed by the State government urging it to make the Central government and the Enforcement Directo- We sought a CBI probe since the TDP is claiming political vendetta... We asked the court to make the CBI a respondent. That was also dismissed. Do they mean we should not probe Amaravati scam at all? Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, advisor to state govt rate (ED) respondents. Justice Somayajulu issued the interim orders on a petition filed by TDP leaders Varla Ramaiah and Alapati Rajendraprasad requesting the court to declare as invalid GOs 1411 and 344 under which the government formed a Cabinet Sub-Committee and the SIT to go into irregularities committed during the erstwhile TDP regime and probe the Amaravati land scam. Tirupati YSRC MP Durga Prasad passes away at 64 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Tirupati TIRUPATI MP Balli Durga Prasad Rao died of cardiac arrest at a private hospital in Chennai on Wednesday The 64-year-old YSRC MP won . from Tirupati SC reserved constituency in the 2019 polls. He tested positive for coronavirus and was shifted to a hospital in Chennai for treatment 15 days ago. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. Durga Prasad hailed from Venkatagiri in Nellore district. He was a follower of senior leader Nallapureddy Srinivasulu Reddy, with whose support he entered politics. Durga Prasad was an ardent disciple of TDP founder late NT Rama Rao. He was elected to the State Legislative Assembly for the first time at a young age of 28. He was a four-time MLA and won the elections from Gudur Assembly segment on a TDP ticket in 1985, 1994, 1999 and 2009. In his first electoral battle in 1985, he won with a margin of 55,135 votes. Durga Prasad also served as education minister between 1996 and 1998 in the N Chandrababu Naidu government, and as a member of the Public Accounts Committee be- es were examined and approximately 75 electronic devices THE Delhi Police on Wednes- seized as part of the investigad ay f i l e d a vo l u m i n o u s tion,” the police said. chargesheet in a local court This is the first chargesheet against 15 accused for their al- on the larger conspiracy beleged role in the larger conspir- hind the riots. The case was acy in the North East Delhi ri- handled by the Special Cell of ots in February last that left the police. over 50 people dead. Bunched According to sources, Tahir in 11 volumes, the chargesheet Hussain has been named the runs into 17,000 pages. key conspirator. All 15, the The 15 accused named chargesheet alleges, were in the chargesheet are guiding their foot soldiers on the violence in former Aam Aadmi the area. It accused Party MLA Tahir Hussain, Abdul Khalid them of using a WhatsApp group on the antiSaifi, Isharat Jahan, CAA protests to instiMeeran Haider, Gullisha, Safoora Zargar, HC: Go to trial gate violence in the Shifa Ur Rehman, court for bail Jafrabad-Seelampur Asif Iqbal Tanha, area. The Delhi High Shadab Ahmed, TaslIn all, 751 first inforCourt asked eem Ahmed, Saleem mation reports (FIRs) arrested Jamia Malik, Mohamaad Salwere filed in connecMillia Islamia eem Khan, Athar tion with the riots. student Asif Khan and Pinjra Tod “Of the total FIRs, 59 fo u n d e r m e m b e r s Iqbal Tanha, who were assigned to the Natasha Narwal and is among the 15 SIT constituted in the people Devangana Kalita. Crime Branch, 691 chargesheeted They are part of the were investigated by on Wednesday in 21 who are already unthe district police, and the Delhi riots der arrest under the one case registered on case, to Unlawful Activities March 6 to investigate approach the (Preventions) Act the larger conspiracy trial court (UAPA) and various behind the riots was for bail sections of Indian Peassigned to the Special nal Code such as crimCell,” the police said. inal conspiracy, attempt to As part of the probe, 12 pismurder, sedition, promoting tols, 121 empty cartridges, 92 enmity, rioting and causing live cartridges, 61 glass bottles filled with noxious chemicals damage to public property . The six others, including and an assortment of sharpUmar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, edged weapons have been Parvez Ahmad and Faizan, are seized so far by the police. In the clash that broke out in expected to figure in a supplementary chargesheet in the the last week of February, at coming days. least 53 people died and 583 oth“It took 195 days to complete ers were injured. Also, properthe first phase of investigation. ties were widely damaged in During this period, 747 witness- arson attacks during the riots. G AYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi tween 2009 and 2014. Before the 2019 elections, Durga Prasad joined the YSRC and contested for the Tirupati Lok Sabha seat. He won with a majority of more than 2.28 lakh votes. Condoling the death of the MP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Saddened by the demise of Lok Sabha MP, Balli Durga Prasad Rao Garu. He was an experienced leader, who made effective contributions towards the progress of Andhra Pradesh. My thoughts are with his family and well-wishers in t h i s s a d h o u r. O m Shanti.” Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan expressed his grief at the sudden demise of Durga Prasad and said his services - as MLA from Gudur Assembly constituency for four ter ms and as a Minister for Primary Education will always be remembered by the people of the state. The Governor offered his heartfelt condolences to members of the bereaved family . Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed grief over the demise of Durga Prasad. He called up the latter’s son, consoled him, and conveyed his condolences to his family . pressed or innocent people are deprived of their rights or if the vulnerable are oppressed. How could the media be gagged? It seems like an over-reaction... 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? Shouldn’t investigating agencies take up investigation? Is there a different law for one set of people?” he questioned. Sajjala denied the government is acting in a vindictive manner and said that if the TDP talks in such a manner, it is understandable as the party is the YSRC’s political rival. First of all, it must be found if a crime took place, he pointed out and wondered how courts could come to a pre-meditated conclusion that it was a vindictive probe. YSRC MP RAISES ISSUE IN LOK SABHA YSRC MP Mithun Reddy raised the issue in the Lok Sabha and urged the Centre to let the CBI probe the Amaravati land scam. Referring to the HC gag order, he said it was because the former advocate general is there and the kith and kin of a judge are there ‘DIFFERENT LAW FOR ONE SET OF PEOPLE?’ “Shouldn’t such deeds be questioned? Shouldn’t investigating agencies take up investigation? Is there a different law for one set of people?” Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy asked, and wondered how courts could come to a pre-meditated conclusion There is no basis for constituting the Cabinet Sub-Committee and the SIT, the court said, adding that there was scope for a government to review its predecessor’s decisions only in certain contexts. No strong reason is available for such review, it ruled and opined that if previous government’s decisions were to be reviewed, the present dispensation ought to have legislative approval. A government cannot on its own do so and no law has conferred such powers on the State government, it said. “Only courts have the power to review unilateral, irrational or illegal policy decisions taken by a government,” the court said and pointed out that in this particular case, there were policyrelated shortcomings such as taking up investigation before registering a case and seeking constitution of a special court. AP VIRAL WATCH NEW CASES DEATHS ACTIVE CASES 8,835 64 90,279 5,92,760 FRESH ROW 3 silver lion statues from chariot of Kanaka Durga temple missing, investigation ordered EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada THE disappearance of three silver lion statues adorning the chariot of the famous Goddess Kanaka Durga temple atop Indrakeeladri in Vijayawada has sparked a fresh row in the state. With allegations of negligence by the temple authorities, the government asked the Endowments Department regional joint commissioner Murthy to probe the issue and submit a report for action to be taken. The development came days after the chariot at the Antarvedi Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple was burnt, leading to a furore and prompting the state government to hand over the probe to the CBI. The absence of the statues was noticed when the temple management took up an audit of the temple properties and was reviewing the security of the premises on Tuesday, following orders from the government. BJP state chief Somu Veerraju, who was scheduled to The only remaining statue on the chariot was damaged (inset) | EXPRESS NO NEGLIGENCE ON OUR PART: TEMPLE EO Temple executive officer MV Suresh Babu said it was the temple officials who brought the incident to light. “There was no negligence on our part. We didn’t notice it earlier because the chariot is not in use. It was untouched after Ugadi 2019. Anyone found responsible for the crime will not be spared,” he asserted meet Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan on Wednesday to submit a memorandum on attacks on Hindu temples and the arrest of right-wing activists, visited the temple in the morning and inspected the chariot. He expressed dissat- isfaction over temple executive officer (EO) MV Suresh Babu’s explanation on how the silver lion statues, weighing around 10 kg, went missing, and enquired about the security measures in place. “The EO claimed the three TALLY lion statues might be in the storeroom and the inventory needs to be verified. Why are only three statues in the storeroom and the fourth left on the chariot? The fourth statue was also partially damaged, indicating someone tampered with it,” Veerraju said, and demanded action against the temple staff for their negligence. Later, Endowments Minister Velampalli Srinivas visited the temple and took stock of the situation. He informed the media that it was the temple staff who noticed that the statues were missing and alerted the management. “When the staff uncovered the chariot, they found the lions missing. The chariot was last used during the Ugadi festival in 2019 (when the TDP was in power) and since then it was untouched,” he said, adding that a departmental inquiry has been initiated. Srinivas also said action will be taken against the private security firm guarding the temple, if its personnel were found to have been negligent. TN likely to host big iPhone plant B I N I TA J A I S W A L @ Chennai AFTER Foxconn, Tamil Nadu is all set to attract Apple’s second largest contract manufacturer for iPhone, Pegatron. According to industry sources, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturing 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 say anything on it right now,” N Muruganandam, Industry Secretary , Tamil Nadu, told TNIE. 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 at Sriperumbudur near Chennai. The state government’s incentives will be in addition to the ones offered by the Centre, sources said.
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