MANGALURU SUNDAY OCTOBER 11, 2020 `8.00 PAGES 24 CITY EDITION BLOCKBUSTER SUNDAY AFTER SWIATEK SATURDAY IN PARIS LOUD AND CLEAR RECORD PLAYERS French Open ruler Rafael Nadal meets World No 1 Novak Djokovic in ﬁnal as Polish teen Iga Swiatek wins women’s title CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF ANOTHER KIND Djokovic is chasing an 18th Grand Slam title and a second French Open which would make him the first man in half a century to win all four Slams twice. Defending champion Nadal, the World No 2, can win a 13th Roland Garros and 20th Major which would tie the all-time men’s record held by Roger Federer. Djokovic, 33, has a 29-26 edge over Nadal. ■ ■ ■ Djokovic beat Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1 in a close contest late on Friday after Nadal’s straight set win over Diego Schwartzman Djokovic is one of two men to have beaten Nadal here in 15 years Nadal has a 6-1 career edge over Djokovic at Roland Garros. Odds are in favour of Nadal at 7/10. Djokovic is at 13/10 9-6 NADAL LEADS DJOKOVIC IN GRAND SLAM MEETINGS 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 Jagan takes Amaravati With Covid cases among students land scam fight to SC rising, State suspends Vidyagama Writes to CJI Bobde on the contours of the benami deals; requests his intervention to ensure neutrality of judiciary in Andhra is restored EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada IT is official. The confrontation between the Andhra government and the High Court has now snowballed into an open war. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has written a letter to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde apprising him of the recent happenings in the High Court in particular reference to the intervention of sitting Supreme Court judge Justice NV Ramana to protect the interests of TDP and its chief N Chandrababu Naidu. Revealing this at a press meet late Saturday evening, Principal Advisor to the CM Ajeya Kallam said the government placed material before the CJI pinpointing instances of Justice N V Ramana’s proximity to Naidu, his interventions to help TDP, his acts of judicial impropriety when he served as judge of the HC. This is perhaps the first time that a State government has written to the CJI against the Chief Justice and judges of a high court. Clarifying that the government’s effort is only to sensitise the SC about the acts of a few judges of the high court, Kallam said the CM’s letter itself indicates the enormous respect he and his government have towards the judiciary . However, the letter itself is nothing less than explosive. The Chief Minister explained at length to the CJI that there were various complaints about the “acts of malfeasance” of Naidu and his close associates and as such, his government, elected with a massive mandate, was well within its constitutional rights to scrutinise the erstwhile TDP government’s misdeeds. Narrating the sequence of events, he said a cabinet subcommittee, formed to examine the TDP regime’s decisions, found that Naidu and others had amassed huge wealth through illegal means, including illegal transactions of purchase of approximately 4,000 acres. The report was endorsed by the Assembly and the government urged the Centre to order a CBI probe, he said, adding it was done so to avoid allegations and propaganda of political vendetta by the TDP . From hereon, in his letter, Jagan underscored the role of Justice NV Ramana. “It is my painful duty to place on record that in the course of enquiry by the cabinet sub-committee and also during the course of preliminary investigation conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)... it came to light that two daughters of Sri Justice N V Ramana and some of his close associates and relatives are beneficiaries of various questionable transactions of land within the area which eventually came to be notified as location of the new capital proposed by Chandrababu Naidu.” The transactions, Jagan pointed out, took place in the interrugnum period between Naidu’s swearing-in as CM and public announcement of the capital location in Amaravati. “From the records, it appears that a few transactions were routed through the then additional advocate general Dammalapati Srinivas. It is a notorious fact that Srinivas is too closely associated with Justice NV Ramana and N Chandrababu Naidu with whose blessings he eventually became the Advocate General,” he said, adding that while being a judge of the high court at Hyderabad, Justice Ramana had extended favours to Srinivas which constitute “acts of judicial impropriety .” Jagan also said the Justice Ramana’s proximity to Naidu is too well-known and cited former Supreme Court judge Justice Chalameshwar who “placed this fact on record with Evidence.” He futher said Justice Ramana has been influencing the sittings of the high court including the roster of a few judges and matters relating to the TDP have been allocated to a few judges only . “The above clearly demonstrates the nexus of Sri Justice Ramana, TDP and a few judges of the High Court,” he said and cited the stay orders issued by HC Chief Justice Justice Maheswari on probe against Dammalapati Srinivas and gagging media from reporting on the FIR against him. He urged the CJI to look into the material placed before him and consider initiating steps as may be considered fit to ensure the State’s judiciary’s neutrality is maintained. Jagan enclosed documents and annexures to his letter to substantiate the allegations against Justice Ramana. China’s 60K troops at LAC, says Pompeo EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has accused China of trying to take control of the LAC by force, even as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Beijing has amassed more than 60,000 troops on India’s northern border. O’Brien said the time has come to realise that talks will not help change China’s aggressive stance. “There’s nothing to be gained from looking the other way or turning the other cheek. We’ve been doing that for far too long,” he said. Pompeo, after a meeting with the foreign ministers of the other three Quad countries in Tokyo, lashed out at Beijing for its “bad behaviour”. “The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on their northern border,” he said during an interview upon his return from Tokyo. He added that India will “absolutely need” US help to fight China, which poses great danger to regional stability . “I was with my foreign minister counterparts from India, Australia and Japan a format that we call the ‘Quad’, four big democracies, four powerful economies, four nations, each of whom has real risk associated with the threats imposed, attempting to be imposed by the Communist P7 Party,” Pompeo said. TODAY’S IPL MATCH SRH VS RR Two Australian captains face off in Dubai. For RR, Ben Stokes might be available. ODDS : SRH 4/5 | RR 11/10 MI VS DC It is a battle of the top two teams in the second match of the day, in Abu Dhabi. ODDS : MI 4/5 | DC 25/19 L I V E : S TA R S P O R T S 1 / H O T S TA R @ 3 . 3 0 P M PEARL D SOUZA & P R E E J A P R A S A D @Bengaluru The Karnataka government on Saturday temporarily suspended the Vidyagama programme, affecting 43.94 lakh government schoolchildren across the state, after 34 students tested Covid-positive within a week in Kalaburagi and Belagavi districts. The continuous learning programme for children in government and aided schools was launched about two months ago by the Education Department to reach out to poor students who don’t have access to online education because of lack of gadgets. With the Covid cases rising across the state, the Department had asked over two lakh teachers to teach groups of 4-5 students in open air and with Covid norms, like wearing masks and social distancing, in place. But parents from several districts had complained that the children were increasingly becoming infected while attending Vidyagama classes. Re- BANISHED Dalit victims of atrocities face double trouble RAJESH ASNANI & RAJESH KUMAR THAKUR @ Jaipur/Patna A Dalit woman in Bhopar village of Rajasthan’s Dausa district was allegedly raped by two boys, Mahendra and Jeetram, belonging to the Gujjar community in July 2019. When her family members lodged an FIR, the dominant caste was so enraged that they burnt her house, thrashed her family members and even threatened to kill all of them. Petrified by the repeated threats, the victim and her family fled to Mahua town, about 10 km from their village, where they eke out a living as labourers earning only `500-600 a day . “We were beaten up and our house was burnt down. We were told that we would be killed if we didn’t leave the village. The police took money from the accused and didn’t help us. The government also didn’t help us,” said Mahesh Chand, the victim’s brother-in-law. The Dausa family’s troubles only underline what many Dalit vicP7 tims of atrocities face. INTERVIEW A CONTRARIAN VIEW ON PAKISTAN Irish journalist Declan Walsh discusses with TNIE the role of military in Pakistan and how the way it has dealt with Baloch separatists exacerbated the country’s destabilisation DECLAN WALSH Journalist, The New York Times FULL REPORT: P9 WITH THIS ISSUE PLUS 12 PAGES RISE OF THE STREET BEAT WRITER BLOCKS Even 300 too many for Jumboo Savari: Bhyrappa E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Mysuru TAKING exception to Dasara celebrations this year, even the truncated version, wellknown writer S L Bhyrappa said there should be no gathering for the festivities in Mysuru as Covid-19 cases are rising across the state. Known for his strong opinions, he said that the suggestion of having even 300 people to witness the Jumboo Savari should be dropped and people should instead celebrate at home. “Let the rituals happen at the temple and the palace,” he said, adding that Jumboo Savari is mahouts’ work and there should be no crowding. On some businessmen saying that they would suffer losses without Dasara, he asked who will be held accountable if the disease spreads after the festivities.Asked to give his suggestions to the government, he said: “They will have their own viewpoint, but no one thinks what is good for all the people.” Earlier in the day, receiving the Shivaram Karanth Huttur award, Bhyrappa commented on the ongoing farmer protests, saying similar protests broke out among farmers after the Independence when certain reforms were brought in. CINEMA HALLS SET TO OPEN Centre’s order comes as a lifeline to hundreds of artists of hand-painted cutouts and film posters of Sandalwood Already struggling, the lockdown had forced them to take up other jobs to earn a livelihood Such artists were in great demand in the heyday of Kannada cinema Back then, one cutout would fetch them Rs 6,000. Now they earn Rs 50,000 for one banner, and little remains after deductions sponding to their concerns, Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar on Saturday said that the scheme will be put on hold temporarily till the pros and cons , are analysed. He reiterated that the programme was launched to help students from economically weaker sections of society Earlier last month, he had . paid a surprise visit to Kallur, Varadenahalli, Bachenahalli, Tagachuguppe, Bantarakuppe Colony, Bantarakuppa, BeluP5 gumba and Magadi. Extending moratorium will impact borrowers’ credit behaviour: RBI ‘Lift stay on NPA classification’ RBI sought immediate lifting of the SC’s stay on NPA classification of accounts as it undermines its regulatory mandate. The SC on Sept 4 ordered a stay on the classification of NPAs till further orders EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi OPPOSING any further extension of loan moratorium, the RBI told the Supreme Court such a move will adversely impact the credit behaviour of borrowers. In a fresh affidavit filed in the apex court, RBI said a moratorium for six months was permitted to offer a tempo- rary reprieve to borrowers hit by the pandemic. It said a longer moratorium may vitiate the overall credit discipline and small borrowers with limited access to formal lending channels will end up bearing the brunt. RBI filed the affidavit in response to the SC’s order asking it and the Centre to place on record the K V Kamath panel recommendations on debt restructuring. P7
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