vijayawada l thursday l august 18, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Actor Jacqueline named accused in extortion case The ED on Wednesday filed a chargesheet naming her an accused in the case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar ‘Accepted gifts bought with illegal money’ Conman helped her family too, says ED The Delhi Police arrested Chandrashekhar in August last year for allegedly extorting `215 crore from Aditi Singh and Shivender Singh, former promoters of Ranbaxy. The ED said Chandrashekhar, who had been dating Jacqueline Fernandez, had given her gifts worth `5.7 crore. She was aware that the gifts were bought with the proceeds of the crime, the ED alleged ■ ■ ■ In addition to the gifts, Chandrashekhar gave $1,72,913 to close family members of the actor through a hawala operator Jacqueline is the only person named in the latest chargesheet She has been questioned several times by the ED. In April, the agency provisionally attached her assets worth `7.27 crore August 31 when a special court will take up the chargesheet for hearing CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI YSRC joins ‘freebie’ debate in Supreme Court Files affidavit, says governments have fundamental responsibilities to mitigate inequities, rural & urban disparities E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada THE ruling YSRC on Wednesday said it is inappropriate to term government initiatives aimed at improving various sectors and uplifting the weaker sections ‘freebies.’ In an intervention petition filed at the Supreme Court, the YSRC, however, suggested stringent action should be taken against parties that roll out programmes to reap political dividends. Rajya Sabha member and the party’s general secretary V Vijayasai Reddy filed the petition seeking the court’s permission to intervene in a public interest litigation moved by lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay who questioned , the practice of political parties promising freebies during elections. The YSRC also submitted that any Supreme Court-appointed committee should recommend ways to empower the states to discharge their responsibilities more effectively . “Our country is a welfare state and the Union and state governments are tasked with taking measures that ensure that the egalitarian goals set by the framers of the Constitution are attained,’’ the petition said. It would be pertinent to mention that economists such as Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo & Michael Kremer, who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic sciences, reported their findings that govt programmes envisaging direct transfer of benefits achieve positive outcomes in education, health, etc YSRC affidavit The party opined that the governments have the fundamental responsibilities to mitigate health and education inequities, rural and urban disparities. “To achieve these goals, governments will have to necessarily incur substantial expenditure, which are revenue in nature. The decision on the type and the magnitude of the intervention to effectively address core issues and alleviate distress is that of the elected government,’’ the party said, adding that the petitioner chose to refer them as freebies without considering the objectives express read EWS flats Govt flip-flop on Rohingya housing in Delhi outskirts E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The Centre on Wednesday did a flip-flop hours after a minister applauded a decision to provide government accommodation to Rohingya refugees in Delhi’s outskirts. It said there was no direction to provide EWS (economically weaker section) flats in Bakkarwala to illegal migrants from Myanmar. The day began with Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri tweeting, “In a landmark decision all #Rohingya #Refugees will be shifted to EWS flats in Bakkarwala area of Delhi. They will be provided basic amenities, UNHCR IDs & round-the-clock @DelhiPolice protection.” Several individuals and social media users slammed the government ‘support’ to the Rohingya and sought similar relief to Hindu migrants from Pakistan as well. The VHP termed it shocking, with its working president Alok Kumar saying, “Rohingyas are not refugees but infiltrators. That had been the consistent stand of the Union of India including in its affidavit filed before the Supreme Court. The proposal to allocate accommodation to Rohingyas is deplorable.” The Aam Aadmi Party, too, joined the attack, alle ging the Centre had hatched a plot to permanently settle Rohingyas. As the outrage grew, the Union home ministry issued a statement saying it has not instructed relocation of the Rohingyas. “The Government of Delhi proposed to shift the Rohingyas to a new location. MHA has directed the Government of Delhi to ensure that the Rohingya illegal foreigners will continue at the present location at Kanchan Kunj, Madanpur Khadar as MHA has already taken up the matter (their) of deportation,” it said. It complained that the Delhi Government had not declared the present location (Madanpur Khadar) of the refugees as a detention centre. About 1,100 Rohingyas have been staying in tents in Madanpur Khadar on which the Delhi government reportedly spends about `7 lakh per month. Following a high-level meeting held in July, it was decided to allot EWS flats to Rohingyas. The Delhi Police were directed to provide security to the premises. A Rohingya refugee settlement in Kalindi Kunj in New Delhi on Wednesday | express Aug 31: Last date to apply for UG Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) has extended the deadline for online registration for admissions into undergraduate courses, including BA, BSc, BCom, BBA, BVoc, BCA, BBA, BFA, and five-year integrated PG programmes to August 31 Jagan condoles ITBP jawan’s death Kadapa: Indo-Tebitan Border Police (ITBP) jawan Devarenti Rajasekhar from Annamayya district was one of the seven security personnel, who lost their lives in a bus accident in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed grief over the jawan’s demise | P3 medical cover As many as 754 medical procedures will be included under Dr YSR Aarogyasri scheme from September 5, CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said after a review meet on Wednesday | Express Rollback remission, Bilkis urges Guj govt D i l i p S i n g h K s h at r i ya @ Ahmedabad Days after 11 convicts walked free following remission of their life sentences in the 2002 Bilkis Bano rape case, the survivor said she fears for her family’s lives and urged the Gujarat government to rollback the pardon. “As 11 men, including those convicted of gangraping me and murdering 14 members of my family walked free... two days ago, on August 15, 2022, , the trauma of the past 20 years washed over me again. When I heard that the 11 convicted men who devastated my family and my life, and took from me my 3-year-old daughter, had walked free, I was bereft of words. I am still numb,” she said in a statement. “How can justice for any woman end like this? I trusted the highest courts in our land. I trusted the system, and I was learning slowly to live with my trauma. The release of these convicts has taken from me my peace and shaken my faith in justice. My sorrow and my wavering faith is not for myself alone but for every woman who is struggling for justice in courts,” she added. “No one enquired about my safety and wellbeing, before taking such a big and unjust decision. I appeal to the Gujarat government, please undo this harm. Give me back my right to live without fear and in peace. Please ensure that my family and I are kept safe,” she urged. Bilkis’s husband Yakub Rasool told this newspaper on the phone, “What happened in 2002 was very scary. But what happens now is scarier. Bilkis is so scared to even take phone calls, since they are out of jail.” cab driver killed Murder in daylight leaves Vizag in shock E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam A day after a serial killer was arrested in Visakhapatnam, another man was murdered near a bar at Ushodaya Junction under MVP police station, police said on Wednesday . The deceased was identified as Anil Kumar (35) reportedly a cab driver from Adarsh Nagar in the city Police said Anil was . involved in a murder case in Kakinada five years ago, following which he moved to Vizag. According to the police, Anil Kumar, Shyam Prakash—also a o f t h e g ove r n m e n t p ro grammes. The party said any programme, devoid of any true purpose and implemented for luring the voters should be termed freebies. “However, painting the programmes of vast socio-economic importance that are being implemented to alleviate the prevailing distress with the same brush is an insult to the Constitutional mandate,’’ the party submitted. Without naming any political party the affi, davit further said some political parties have formulated and introduced schemes to reap poP4 litical dividends. driver—and two others came to a bar at Ushodaya Junction around 1.15 pm, where Anil and Shyam had a verbal altercation. When Anil left the bar around 4.10 pm, Shyam allegedly stabbed him several times with a switchblade in broad daylight and fled the scene. Anil died immediately . MVP police cordoned off the area and launched a manhunt to nab the accused. Anil’s body was shifted to King George Hospital for post-mortem. A case has been registered and investigation is underway . It may be recalled that police on Tuesday had arrested 49year-old Chandaka Ram Babu for killing three watchers at two under-construction apar tments in Pendurthi and attempting to murder another woman in the area. Ram Babu reportedly developed a g rudge against women after his wife left him for another man. He worked as a realtor in Hyderabad and moved to Visakhapatnam in 2021, after he was cheated by a builder. Victim wanted in murder case The deceased was identified as Anil Kumar (35), a cab driver from Adarsh Nagar in the city. Police said Anil was involved in a murder case in Kakinada five years ago, after which he moved to Vizag Yediyurappa in, Gadkari out of BJP’s apex panel E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi In a major shake-up in its parliamentary board and the Central Election Committee, the BJP on Wednesday dropped stalwarts Nitin Gadkari and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and inducted B S Yediyurappa, Sarbanand Sonowal, Devendra Fadnavis and Bhupendra Yadav, among others. While Fadnavis and Bhupendra Yadav were made members of the CEC, Yediyurappa and Sonowal got into the more important parliamentary board. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath did not make the cut. He was expected to be elevated to the party’s top decision-making body after the BJP won in UP . The parliamentary board is the BJP’s apex organisational body, while the CEC is the top election committee which decides candidates for all polls. Yediyurappa’s inclusion was a balancing act, highlighting the party’s efforts to send a message to the powerful Lingayat community ahead of Karnataka polls. The party leadership chose Iqbal Singh Lalpura as the first Sikh representative in the parliamentary board. Lalpura, a BJP leader from Punjab, is a former cop and is at present the BS Yediyurappa Nitin Gadkari Shivraj Chouhan chairman of the National Commission for Minorities. Gadkari is considered close to the RSS leadership. His axing came as a big surprise to BJP watchers. The removal of Gadkari and Chouhan shows their increasing differences with the top party leadership. The other new parliamentary board members are K Laxman, Sudha Yadav and Satyanarayan Jatiya, three old party faithfuls but political lightweights. Sudha Yadav and Laxman are from the Other Backward Classes while former Union minister Jatia is from the Scheduled Castes. Sonowal is a tribal. Laxman is at present the president of the BJP’s OBC Morcha. The new entrants to the CEC include Rajasthan leader Om Mathur and BJP women wing chief Vanathi Srinivasan. Both Yediyurappa and Jatiya are over 75, well over the age bar announced by Modi for holding important posts in the party .
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