BENGALURU MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 32 LATE CITY EDITION ONLY BENEFICIARIES CAN FILE DEFICIENCY IN SERVICE PLEA The Supreme Court said not everyone can ﬁle a complaint against a hospital/doctor on behalf of other family members LIMITS TO THE CONCEPT OF JOINT HINDU FAMILY DEFINITION OF A COMPLAINANT The court dismissed the plaint of the head (karta) of a Joint Hindu Family (JHF) on the ground that under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, he was not the beneficiary of the service availed of from a hospital. “The concept of JHF doesn’t extend to the treatment of a pregnant sister in-law,” a bench of justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramasubramaian said ■ ■ The SC noted the karta didn’t fit the definition of a complainant in the strict sense as it meant any person who hired or availed of any services for a payment and included a beneficiary of services The karta had filed a complaint against a clinic alleging deficiency in service in the treatment given to his sister-in-law 2009 NATIONAL CONSUMER DISPUTES PANEL HAD DISMISSED THE COMPLAINT 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 Cong plays SC card, chooses Channi Was technical education minister in the outgoing govt; had revolted against Amarinder; to take oath of office and secrecy at 11 am today EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CHANNI’S JOURNEY @ Chandigarh ENDING intense speculation on Capt Amarinder Singh’s successor a day after he was forced to resign, Charanjit Singh Channi (58), a member of the Scheduled Caste community was on Sunday elected the , Punjab Congress Legislative Party leader. He will take oath of office and secrecy as chief minister at 11 am on Monday . He is comparatively a political lightweight and will hold office for just a few months before the state goes to polls early next year, one reason why Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu was happy with the choice. Earlier in the day, AICC observers had approved a proposal to elevate Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa as chief minister, but Sidhu spiked it, as the former was seen as a heavyweight who could overshadow him in the run-up to the Assembly elections. Channi, the technical education minister in the outgoing ministry was the dark horse in , the race. He will be the first SC (Ramdasia Sikh) leader ever to become the chief minister of The 58-year-old is the first Dalit CM to lead Punjab Three-time legislator from the Chamkaur Sahib Assembly constituency Joined Congress in 2012 and held multiple portfolios in the earlier Amarinder Singh cabinet Had rebelled against Amarinder, siding with the Navjot Singh Sidhu camp Charanjit Singh Channi the state that has already had 15 CMs. A three-time MLA from the Chamkaur Sahib constituency he was Leader of Opposi, tion from 2015 to 2016. His appointment in the Jatdominated Punjab politics would change the dynamics in the run-up to the Assembly elections, as SCs have 32% vote share in the state. Sources said the decision to appoint an SC as the CLP leader came after hours of deliberations on the best possible combination to re present all communities, castes and regions in the state. Channi was among the four cabinet ministers and several Congress legislators who had raised a banner of revolt against Amarinder Singh saying they do not have faith in him as he has not fulfilled promises made before the 2017 Assembly polls. He had then said that several ministers and MLAs have expressed concern over the unfulfilled promises, including delay in justice in the sacrilege case and the subsequent police firing in 2015, scrapping power purchase agreements and arrest of the big fish involved in drug mafia. Flanked by Sidhu and AICC Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat outside Raj Bhavan after meeting Governor Banwarilal Purohit to stake his claim to lead the government, Channi said, “The oath-taking ceremony will take place at 11 am on Monday .” Bid to draw vote banks that drifted away over the years send a message of identity and symbolism across all states, esBY passing the chief minister’s pecially Uttar Pradesh where baton to Charanjit Singh Chan- elections are due early next ni, the Congress high command year along with Punjab. UP has appears to be making attempts a big SC vote bank. Uttarato win back the SC and khand, too, is poll-bound OBC vote banks that and has some SC populadrifted away from the tion. The Congress is party across the counclearly trying try to try over the years. If all bring the SC vote bank goes well, Channi could back.” be projected as the “As far as Punjab is party’s Dalit face in concerned, it is good Messaging polls elsewhere, too. move and will keep for UP At 32%, Punjab has the infighting under the highest SC popula- Congress general control,” he added. secretary tion in the country. Given the huge SC Add to that the 18% Priyanka Gandhi voter base in Punjab, Vadra, who is strength of the backthe Shiromani Akali ward classes, and they in-charge of UP, is Dal-Bahujan Samaj form a sizeable vote already trying to Party combine has alwoo the SCs bank. “With Navjot ready promised to Singh Sidhu, a Jat there. The Channi make a member of the Sikh, as Punjab Con- factor will send a community a deputy gress president, and positive message chief minister if votan SC as chief minis- to the SCs in UP ed to power. ter, the Congress has As for the Aam Aadtaken a strategic call to play the mi Party, it has given the post caste card before the Assembly of the Leader of Opposition in elections early next year,” a po- Punjab to an SC, Harpal Singh litical observer said. Cheema, and promised the depPolitical analyst Professor uty CM’s post to the communiAshutosh of Panjab University ty if voted to power in the elecCONTINUED ON: P7 said, “The Congress is trying to tions. H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh Kohli to step down as RCB captain after IPL ’21 E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru VIRAT Kohli’s journey as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain will come to an end after the conclusion of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League 2021 in the United Arab Emirates. However, the 32-year-old con- 2 arrested for moral policing in Bengaluru E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru IN an incident of moral policing in Bengaluru, two youngsters stopped a biker, who was dropping home his woman colleague from another religion, and assaulted him while abusing the woman. Acting swiftly after the video of the incident went viral on social media, the Suddaguntepalya police arrested both the accused within 12 hours. The incident took place near Dairy Circle on the busy Hosur Road on Friday night around 9 pm. In the video, the miscreants are seen asking the biker why he was dropping a woman belonging to another religion and assaulted him before warning him of dire consequences if he is seen with the woman again. CONTINUED ON: P5 EXPRESS READ Mahasabha leader held for threat to CM MANGALURU: The Mangaluru police have arrested Dharmendra, state general secretary, Akhila Bharatha Hindu Mahasabha, for allegedly issuing death threats to CM Basavaraj Bommai over the demolition of a temple in Nanjangud. P4 WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) AND 4 OF CITY EXPRESS firmed, on Sunday that he will , ‘play only for RCB until retirement’. “It wasn’t an easy decision but one that has been well thought of and in the best interest of this wonderful franchise … As I have mentioned previously on many occasions, I will only play for RCB until my retirement from the game of cricket,” said Kohli, who has failed to win a single IPL title with the franchise so far. He made this official announcement a day before their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the second leg of the IPL. I will only play for RCB until my retirement from the game of cricket Virat Kohli, RCB Captain ALL IS NOT WELL Trouble in JDS makes HDK lean towards BJP D E VA R A J B H I R E H A L L I @ Bengaluru RISING troubles from within his party seem to have made senior JDS leader and former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy lean towards the ruling BJP in Karnataka. It was quite evident when he stated on the floor of the Assembly recently that the increase in prices of petrol and diesel and essential commodities is inevitable, while the other opposition party Congress had stoked it as a major issue ahead of the legislature session that began on September 13. The regional party has been suffering due to an open rebellion by its senior members, like MLA GT Deve Gowda -who represents the Chamundeshwari constituency in the old Mysuru region, and MLA K Srinivasa Gowda, who is NATIONWIDE SEP 17 SEP 18 from Kolar. The two legislators have hinted that they could join the Congress ahead of Assembly elections next year to protect their political future. Joining this list of disgruntled leaders is former MLA and party senior N H Konareddy, who recently tendered his resignation as party national general secretary owning moral responsibility for the party’s debacle in the Hubballi-Dharwad City Cor poration elections. Sensing the danger, Kumaraswamy called him and tried to persuade him not to leave the party . Konareddy besides Legisla, tive Council Chairman Basavaraj Horatti, is a torchbearer for the party in North Karnataka. Horatti too spoke to Konareddy sources said. , CONTINUED ON: P4 KARNATAKA SEPT 18 SEPT 19 Fresh cases 35,662 30,773 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 33,798 38,945 Recoveries Deaths 281 309 889 1,080 14 783 1,138 16
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