MADURAI MONDAY OCTOBER 12, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION HAMILTON NOW LEVEL WITH SCHUMACHER’S RECORD Six-time world champion comes up on top at Eifel Grand Prix to equal German great’s tally of 91 Formula One wins. SEVENTH WIN OF 2020 FOR BRITON This season may have begun late but Hamilton is making up for lost time. The win at Nurburgring was his seventh triumph in just 11 races in 2020. After pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas suffered an early retirement, the 35-yearold took his Mercedes home in a measured performance. Max Verstappen finished in second place. The next race is in Portugal after two weeks. 6 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD NEXT? ■ ■ 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. “Seeing Michael’s dominance (...) P11 don’t think could ever think of getting near Michael...” NO OF RACES REMAINING IN THE CALENDAR 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 HATHRAS HORROR CBI TAKES CHARGE, FILES FRESH CASE N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow Charges against SC judge put CJI in a spot He cannot sit on it; opinion divided on whether he should call a full SC court or form a panel to study the matter EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi 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. SITTING ON RELEASE OF COMPENSATION 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 submitted last year. Meghalaya, Lack of awareness among survivors is Tripura and a primary reason for not getting compenDaman & Diu did sation. There have been cases where the not spent even a police fail to forward cases to the State rupee from the Legal Services Authority, which is the Nirbhaya Fund sanctioning body The biggest compensa. allocated by MHA tion bottleneck is the divisional commissioner, who is responsible for disbursing funds but files get stuck for some reason at that level. Anyway each state has its own scheme for compensating , victims and the payout varies. The Ministry of Home Affairs released `1,656 crore in the last five years to states and Union Territories under the Nirbhaya Fund, but received utilisation certificates for less than 9% of the sum. EXPRESS READ Aarey metro car shed to be shifted: Udhav Republic TV’s CEO, COO grilled by Mumbai police Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday announced the scrapping of Aarey metro car shed and said the project will now come up at Kanjurmarg. “Biodiversity in Aarey needs to be to conserved and protected,” he said. Cases last year against citizens and environmentalists who protested against the Aarey project and felling of trees in that area have been withdrawn, the CM said Mumbai: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Republic TV were questioned by the Mumbai police on Sunday over the TRP manipulation case. CEO Vikas Khanchandani and COO Harsh Bhandari were questioned for nine and five hours respectively. Police also recorded the statement of Ghanshyam Singh, a senior member of Republic TV’s distribution team. 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- 1,278 1,374 1,364 1,367 1,348 FRESH CASES, DISCHARGE IN LAST 10 DAYS IN CHENNAI Fresh cases 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 Oct 2 Discharged Oct 3 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. 1,369 1,295 1,288 1,144 1,128 Oct 8 Oct 9 1,096 1,074 1,071 925 1,306 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- 947 Oct 4 Oct 5 Oct 6 Oct 7 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 1,272 1,250 1,173 1,070 Oct 10 Oct 11 Since the pandemic broke out in the city in March, a total of 1,82,014 cases have been diagnosed, of which 1,64,848 patients have been discharged. As many as 3,415 patients have succumbed to the deadly infection in the city Again, active cases scale up in Chennai O M J A S V I N M D @ Chennai THE number of active Covid cases in the city surged towards 14,000 on Sunday as the daily caseload hovered around 1,300 infections in recent days. As on October 11, the city has 13,751 active cases, which is almost 4,000 more than the 9,883 active cases on September 13. Since the pandemic broke out in the city in March, a total of 1,82,014 cases have been diagnosed, of which 1,64,848 patients have been discharged. As many as 3,415 patients have succumbed to the deadly infection in the city . Possibly due to the intense lockdown that started at the end of March, daily cases in the city kept on gradually decreasing from June and this continued for over three months. Interestingly the count , of active cases had come below the 10,000-mark in the first week of September. However, the number has surged once again within a month. The number of people getting discharged, too, has been fewer than the daily cases for the past two weeks. Corporation officials say that more cases are being reported due to the restarting of economic activities. “Cases have not risen by a big margin. 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 A barricaded street in Chintadripet, Chennai | MARTIN LOUIS NO BARRICADING OF HOUSES IN CITY The city corporation is no longer barricading the houses. “Only the roads in containment zones will be barricaded,” said Corporation Commissioner G Prakash There was a period when the city had been recording around 2,000 cases a day Now it is just . around 1,200 a day an official ,’’ with the civic body’s public health department said. The official added that the test positivity rate was below 10 and they expected it to decrease to seven per cent by the month-end. While the caseload has once again surged, the case growth in Chennai for the last seven days has been negative at 0.3 per cent. Currently, only eight zones are witnessing a positive case growth. Alandur and Perungudi are recording a positive growth of 2.9 and 2.1 per cent respectively . 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 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.” FARM LAWS Modi hits out at Opposition for attempt to derail reforms EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 transferring money to them, have hit the middleman hard by wiping out their source of “illegitimate ear nings”. 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. WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST AFP YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) UNCHECKED Another Cooum in the making? Illegal landfills take life out of Muttukadu backwaters S V K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai IS the Muttukadu backwaters on the outskirts of Chennai turning into another Cooum? It could, if urgent action is not taken to curtail the illegal dumping of waste on the banks of this ecologically sensitive waterbody Located about 30km . south of Chennai, Muttukadu usually lures boating enthusiasts. Of late, the waterbody has Indiscriminately dumped waste near Muttukadu backwaters | DEBADATTA MALLICK been attracting another kind of visitors — trucks filled with garbage. A total of five unauthorised landfills have croppedup on the banks of the waterbody between the boathouse and Navalur, where tonnes of solid waste is piling up. With the northeast monsoon around the corner, all this waste is waiting to enter the waterbody and eventually the Bay of Bengal through Kovalam estuary . As part of a project by the Union Environment Ministry, the Wildlife Institute of India has recognised Muttukadu backwaters as Important Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Areas (ICMBAs) along with 15 other sites in Tamil Nadu including Pulicat, Pichavaram, Vedaranyam swamp, Palk Bay , Muthupet, etc. When Express visited these areas, the waterbody was found devoid of any considerable aquatic life. The colour of the water near the landfills was black with leachate oozing out into the backwaters. There was a stormwater drain coming from underneath a nearby township, flushing sewage into the waterbody . Ravi Kumar, a fisherman from Kovalam village, who took this reporter to the spot, said they have stopped fishing in Muttukadu due to poor quality of the catch. “The fish, prawns and crabs that are caught here stink like sewer. The catch has become so unhygienic that we can’t sell it. About 10 years back, this backwater was brimming with life. Migratory birds were frequent visitors, but now, their numbers have drastically reduced,” he said. The depth of the backwater has also significantly reduced due to heavy siltation and plastic pollution.
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