BHUBANESWAR l friday l january 29, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION CJI ticks off centre for not curbing hatred on tv The Supreme Court on Thursday slammed the Centre for not checking TV programmes which instigate or impact a community Reports can’t be used to incite violence Can’t control live tv shows, says govt 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 ■ Such preventive measures are as important as providing ‘lathis’ to policemen, the bench observed ■ The SC made the comments while hearing a plea on media’s alleged biased reporting in the Tablighi Jamaat case ■ Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said govt can’t control live shows SC SAID GOVT CAN USE Cable TV Networks Act 1994 To control TV BROADCAST 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 Lookout notices against accused leaders, passports to be seized; U.P. govt orders farmers to vacate the Ghazipur protest site Govt shows iron fist to deal with agitators G ayat h r i M a n i / S i d d h a n ta M i s h r a / H a r p r e e t B a j w a @ New Delhi Proceeding swiftly in the Republic Day violence case, the Delhi Police on Thursday issued 44 lookout 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 proc. ess 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 official said, adding that the minister is expected to chair a second meeting on Thursday night to review the law and order situation in the capital. Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel on Thursday said that two brass finials on top of the minar were found missing after chaos ensued in the Red Fort complex but were later found in a damaged state. The case was transferred to Delhi police’s special cell to investigate Security personnel conducting a flag march at Ghazipur on the Uttar Pradesh-Delhi border during the ongoing farmers’ protest against the Centre’s new farm laws on Thursday | PTI “international angle” in the ensuing violence at Red Fort. Police has meanwhile invoked a criminal case under provisions of Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act (UAPA) and Sedition charges in the violence took place at Red Fort. 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. Won’t leave: Tikait BKU leader Rajesh 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 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 Tuesday’s violence. Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government since early Thursday morning removed water and electricity supply from the protest site at Ghazipur in a bid to clear the site. According to official sources, directions were issued from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to the Ghaziabad administration to remove the protestors from the site and clear the road. The UP police and local administration has served ultimatum to farmers to vacate Ghazipur border by late CONTINUED ON: P7 night. Another bizarre ruling on minor sex assault Sedition charges filed against Rajdeep, others 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 promoting enmity between different groups, intentional insult with The ongoing police crackdown intent to provoke breach of the against following violence in Del- peace, incite violence, and crimihi on Republic Day took a new nal conspiracy . turn on Thursday night with the Complainant Arpit Mishra, a Noida Police slapping sedition 35-year-old resident of Noida, accharges against a bunch cused them of broadcastof senior journalists, in- ‘Part of a plot ing offensive, misleading cluding India Today’s and provocative news to disrupt senior anchor and conthat the police had killed harmony’ sulting editor Rajdeep a protestor who was driv“As part of a Sardesai, in its first ining a tractor. The accused conspiracy, the formation report (FIR). also retweeted, the FIR The others named in accused planned added. riots in the the FIR are Congress The FIR alleged that national capital member of Parliament the accused acted in a Shashi Tharoor, Mrinal with intention to p r e j u d i c e d m a n n e r, Pande, senior editorial kill public servants which jeopardised naand incite consultant of National tional security and pubviolence,” the Herald, Zafar Agha, chief lic safety . editor of Quami Awaz, complainant said Rajdeep was in the eye in the FIR and Caravan magazine’s of a storm as his tweet chief editor and publishalleging that a farmer er Paresh Nath, its editor Anant was shot dead by the police went Nath, and executive editor Vinod viral. Shortly thereafter, he corK Jose. rected himself after the police They were booked for allegedly shared a video of the farmer’s misreporting, provoking and speeding tractor ramming into a spreading communal disharmony security railing and toppling over. during the clashes. Earlier in the day the India Today , The FIR was registered under is reported to taken him off the air various sections of Indian Penal for two weeks and docked a Code dealing with sedition and for month’s salary for misreporting. 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 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 sentence given to a 50-year-old man for molesting a five-year-old girl. Days later, another order from the same judge that interpreted sexual assault provisions under POCSO Act as only skin-to-skin contact with sexual intent, was stayed by the Supreme Court. Experts feel the move sets a dangerous precedent for defining sexual assault in court. Since the victim if the case was below 12 years, the sessions court said the act was ‘aggravated sexual assault’ punishable under Section 10 of POCSO. The perpetrator was sentenced to five years in prison and the judge imposed a fine of `25,000 with a default simple imprisonment for 6 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. Kujur removed his penis from his pants and asked her to come to bed to sleep, she added. The judge’s interpretation 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’ E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi express read Heritage crushed, dumped but State cares two hoots JSPL envisions Angul plant as world’s largest by 2030 Bhubaneswar: A day after the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) came across an ancient structure, in scant regard to safety of existing heritage, JCB machines continued to level the land for further construction under the ambitious project | P2 Bhubaneswar: The Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) has decided to expand the total capacity of its Angul steel plant to 25.2 million tonne per annum (MTPA) from the present six MTPA with a goal of making it the world’s largest and greenest | P10 91 non-coal blocks to be unlocked for auction in Odisha B i j o y P r a d h a n @ Bhubaneswar With the Union Cabinet giving its stamp of approval to the proposal of Ministry of Mines for further amendment of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act-1957, stage is set for auction of around 572 non-coal mineral blocks. As many as 91 mining blocks of Odisha will be unlocked for auction once the MMDR Amendment Bill, 2021 is passed in the Parliament. The mines are caught in the legacy issue, where reconnaissance permits (RPs), prospecting licence (PL) or composite licence have been issued but mining leases have not been granted as they are saved under Section 10 A 2(b) and (c) of the MMDR Act. These include major mineral deposits like iron ore, bauxite, manganese, chromite, lime stone and dolomite. They were protected and kept out of the auction regime as they were granted mineral concession either in shape of RP or PL or ML or received letter of intent (LoI) from the State government for grant of a mining lease before amendment of MMDR Act on January 12, 2015. Though the government has assured that mining lease will be granted subject to fulfilment of conditions of the previous approval or issue of the LoI within a period of two years from the date of commencement of the said 2015 Act ending February 2017, neither the Centre nor the State provided statutory clearances for getting the lease. “Obtaining environment clearance (EC) and forest clearance (FC) from the State and the Centre is crucial to get mining lease. In most of the cases, these two clearances are held up deliberately to bring these mines under auction regime,” sources failiar with the development said. Continued on: P5 Oppn to boycott Prez’s address E x p r e ss N e w s 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 AAP and the SAD, 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 put in the Capital. “We are issuing a statement from 16 political parties that we are boycotting President’s address,” said Ghulam Nabi Continued on: P7 Azad, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha. BJD to attend, raise Odisha issues farmers’ protests for repeal of the farm Acts and the party itself is going through a rough The BJD on Thursday said it patch in its relation with BJP. will attend the President’s adThe ruling party is facing indress to the Parliament creasing heat from BJP, on the first day of the the main opposition parBudget session, despite ty in the State, as the latthe Opposition parties anter has in recent months nouncing a boycott to proadopted a more confrontest the contentious farm tational attitude. The BJP laws. has been attacking the National BJD spokes- Sasmit Patra, State government over person and chief whip National BJD various issues from the Sasmit Patra announced spokesperson Nayagarh minor murder the party’s decision to atcase, rising crime against tend the joint sitting and raise women and political murders all issues concerning Odisha on along with farmers causes. The the floor of both the houses. party has launched a Statewide However, he did not elaborate on ‘Mandi Chalo Abhijan’ against the reasons to go against the op- alleged large-scale irregularities position parties at a time when in paddy procurement in the Continued on: P5 the country is rocked by the State. E x p r e ss N e w s S e r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar
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