FREE PRESS Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023 INDORE BHOPAL UJJAIN MUMBAI PUNE - VOL. 10 NO. 279 | BHOPAL | THURSDAY | MARCH 25, 2021 | PAGES 12 WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN FOR 24X7 UPDATES EDIT NIA invokes stringent UAPA against Vaze Petrol price cut by 18 paise, diesel by 17 paise NEW DELHI: In the first reduction in rates in over a year, petrol price on Wednesday was cut by 18 paise per litre and diesel by 17 paise a litre as international oil prices tumbled to the lowest since early February. Petrol price was cut to Rs 90.99 a litre in Delhi from Rs 91.17 per litre, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers. Diesel now comes for Rs 81.30 a litre in the national capital, down from Rs 81.47 previously. Tiger found dead in Pench Reserve SEONI: A tiger has been found dead in Pench Tiger Reserve's Gumtra core area in Madhya Pradesh, a Forest official said on Wednesday. The carcass was spotted on March 22 by officials dring patrolling, he said. "Prima facie, the carcass is about 4-5 days old. Nails, hair, skin and teeth of the tiger were found to be intact and no suspicious thing was found within one-km radius of the spot from where the carcass was found," said Pench Tiger Reserve's Field Director Vikram Singh Parihar. Court convicts two in Nikita murder case CHANDIGARH: A fasttrack court in Faridabad on Wednesday convicted two men in connection with the murder of Nikita Tomar, 5 months after she was shot outside her college in a crime caught on camera. Prime accused Tausif and another man, Rehan, were held guilty and a third accused Azharuddin acquitted in the case, defence counsel Adal Singh Rawat said. Additional District and Sessions Judge Sartaj Baswana's court will pronounce the quantum of punishment on Friday, defence counsel P L Goyal said. Rs 3 crore, 3 kg gold looted from Satna farmhouse BHOPAL: Four unidentified people looted Rs 3 crore and three kilograms of gold from the farmhouse of a mining contractor, Sunil Pathak, in an isolated area of Satna district late on Tuesday , evening, the SP Satna, Dhramveer Singh said. The SP said it was suspected that someone who knew about the amount being kept in the farmhouse was behind the crime. Agency takes over Hiran case too PARAM BIR TOLD TO PETITION BOMBAY HC AGENCIES Mumbai In a major development in the SUV case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has slapped charges under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against the arrested-suspended Mumbai Police Assistant Police Inspector Sachin . Vaze, officials said on Wednesday "The agency has added the sections of the UAPA against Vaze, who was arrested on March 13 in connection with Scorpio SUV with 20 gelatin sticks and a threat note, parked near Antilia, the home of industrialist Mukesh Ambani," an NIA official linked with the probe told IANS. Billed as a prime accused, Vaze, a former 'encounter specialist', was arrested for his role in the case and sent to NIA custody till March 25. The NIA had taken over the SUV case probe on March 3 after notification from the Central government. The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which is probing the businessman Mansukh Hiran's death in the same case, was planning to . seek Vaze's custody on Thursday Earlier this week, the ATS had announced that it had cracked the Hiran case with the arrest of two persons and was in the process of winding up the probe into the mystery death of Hiran, whose body was recovered from the Thane Creek wet- OUR BUREAU NEW DELHI lands on March 5. However, at a hearing this afternoon, Thane Chief Judicial Magistrate P.P. Ingale directed the ATS to hand over to the NIA all the case papers pertaining to the Hiran death case, as per the Centre's directives. After hearing all sides, the CJM said in her order: "In the present case, the police officers of ATS shall not proceed with the investigation in this crime and transmit all relevant documents and records to the concerned ." NIA officer without delay The NIA was represented by Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh who submitted to the Court that the Union Home Ministry had directed the Central agency to take over the case from the ATS on March 20. Representing the ATS, Additional Public Prosecutor Anita R. SupareDeotale argued that the Maharashtra government has not issued any directions on the transfer of the probe to the NIA so far. 7 yrs’ jail term for setting up illegal colonies CABINET OKAYS plan for legalising colonies OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL , The Cabinet, on Wednesday approved a proposal for declaring illegal colonies legal. The Bill will become a law after the House passes it. Before the civic bodies’ polls, the government’s decision to legalise the colonies is considered a masterstroke. The Bill will open the road to 6,800 illegal colonies in the state becoming legal. In the Bill, there are provisions for punishing those who will set up illegal colonies in future. There are also provisions in the Bill for seven years’ jail term and a fine of Rs 10 lakh for building illegal colonies. Apart from that, the Bill contains provisions for auctioning the proper- ties of colonisers to develop the colonies set up by them. Those who give permission for setting up such colonies will also face the music. Before the 2018 Vishan Sabha elections, the BJP government had begun the process of legalising the colonies. At that time, the government had planned to combine Section 15 with the MP Nagar Palika Colony Registration and Restriction and Conditions Act, 1988, to legalise those colonies. The court has stopped it for following the wrong process to legalise those colonies. Thus, the procedures completely stopped. Keeping in mind the court’s objection, the Nagar Palika (Amendment) Bill, 2021, is being brought. According to the new Bill, the colonies will be legalised by increasing the compounding fee by Earlier, the com20%. pounding fee was 10%. In a setback to the former ousted Police Mumbai Commissioner Param Bir Singh, a 1988 batch IPS the officer, Supreme Court on reWednesday fused to entertain his plea to stay his transfer to the Home Guards and order a CBI probe into the alleged corrupt malpractices of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, telling him to approach the Bombay High Court. Appearing for him, advocate Mukul Rohatgi, sought a direction to the High Court to hear the matter immediately on Thursday since the case involves certain CCTV footage which may be destroyed. However, the Bench of Jutices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and R Subhash Reddy told Rohatgi that this prayer may be made before the HC. The Bench said, no doubt the matter is "quite serious" but wondered why , Deshmukh had not been made a party even though the entire case revolves around him. Rohatgi sought half an hour to rectify the matter, but the court wound up the case, asking him to go to the Bombay HC. CONTD. ON P8 Bobde gives clean chit to Ramana, picks him as new CJI Shooters from MP have hit the bull's-eye at the international championship to corner glory for the nation, as well as for the state. The International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup is being held in Delhi. The daughter of an electrician at Tantya Tope Stadium, Chinki Yadav, and the son of a farmer from Ratanpur village in Khargone district, Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar, won Elated by the win, Chinki remembers how she visited the stadium with her father, Mehtab Singh Yadav, who has been working with the department as an electrician for the past 23 34.20c. 19.10c Sunrise : 06.26 Sunset : 06.40 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Loving service to all is a way to show our gratitude. OUR BUREAU NEW DELHI Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde, who is due to retire on April 23, a year after holding the top post the of Supreme Court, has picked Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana as his successor and recommended to the Centre that he be appointed as the new Chief Justice of India. He has sent the recommendation abiding by the principle that the senior-most judge of the SC be the CJI as per the Memorandum of Procedure governing appointments to the . higher judiciary CLEAN CHIT: Before recommending Justice Ramana's name, the CJI also cleared the air about the allegations of corruption levelled against him. A short statement issued by the top court said: "A complaint dated 6th October, 2020, sent by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh to the Supreme Court was dealt with under the In-House Procedure and, the same, on due consideration, stands dismissed." "It be noted that all the matters dealt with under the In-House Procedure being strictly confidential in nature, are not liable to be made public," the statement added. CONTD. ON P8 years. She watched the players practise from her home inside the stadium premises. She wanted to be out in the field doing something, but she did not know what. She imagined playing snooker or gymanstics. But destiny had other plans. It was 2012 when she heard about the shooting trials. She decided to give it a go and got herself selected to train at the academy Mehtab says he was so . proud at her selection that he could scarcely contain it. When she began train- His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj SUNDAY lockdown in 4 more cities Covid surge in Maha, Punjab of grave concern: Health ministry NEW DELHI The surge of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra and Punjab is of "grave concern", the Union health ministry said on Wednes. day Addressing a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the Centre held a meeting with health officials of Maharashtra and Punjab on Saturday to talk about refinement in their strategy to tackle the surge. "Two states are of grave concern which showed recent surge in cases. First is Maharashtra and second is Punjab. Maharashtra reported over 28,000 cases. The top five districts are Pune, Nagpur, Mumbai, Thane and Nashik," he said. Punjab is a cause for worry because the number of new cases are disproportionately high compared to its population, he said. Jalandhar, SAS Nagar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Hoshiarpur in Punjab are reporting high number of cases, Bhushan added. Bhushan said there are other states too which are a matter of serious concern. They are Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and Chandigarh which have recorded a surge in COVID19 cases. OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL As the state government has extended the Sunday lockdown to four more cities of the state — Betul, Chhindwara, Khargone and Ratlam — the number has now increased to seven. The home department also issued fresh on guidelines Covid-19 . Wednesday The state government is taking strict steps to control the spread of coronavirus in the state. As one of the measures, the lockdown has been extended to the four districts along with Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur. During the coming festivals, such as Shab-e-Barat, Easter, Holi and Eid-ul-Fitr, mass gatherings have been restricted. Passengers and students coming to appear for examinations will, however, be exempted from the ban. Government officials posted in the registration office and treasury office, besides people who visit these offices, are not going to come under restrictions either. The two offices will be open on March 28, too. In these seven cities, all educational institutes, including school and colleges, will remain closed till March 31. The prescheduled examinations will be held and they will not come under the ban. More restrictions In those districts where the average positive cases are more than 20 per day, participation of people in wedding ceremonies is restricted to 50 and in funeral processions to 20 In these districts, clubs, swimming pools and cinemas will be closed Such programmes as Uthawna and mass funeral feasts are banned Restaurants will be closed, but ‘take home’ facility will stay The crisis management committees of these districts can also close off religious places. The lockdown timing from 10 pm to 6 am can be increased to 8 pm to 6 am The restrictions are not going to affect the timings of chemists, ration outlets and food stalls Bhopal positivity rate is at 15.95% n Bhopal, the positivity Irate has15.95%. More gone up to an alarming than half of the corona infection cases in the state were reported from Bhopal and Indore. INX MEDIA AGENCIES BIHPURIA/SIPAJHAR Summons issued to PC, Karti in PMLA case Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called upon the people of Assam to beware of the CongressAIUDF 'Mahajoth' (grand alliance) as it is a 'Mahajhoot' (grand lie). Slamming the Congress, Modi, while addressing an election rally at Bihpuria, said the grand old party does not have ideals or able leaders. "Congress ke paas na neta hai na niti, sirf Mahajhoot hai (Congress doesn't have either a leader or ideals, it only has a grand lie)," he said. It can only give a guarantee on infiltration, loot, encroachment of lands of 'Satras' (Vaishnavite monasteries) and wildlife sanctuaries, poaching and corruption. These are the basis of the grand lie, he said. "I have come to awaken you to the fact that Congress's hand is with those forces that are a danger to the state's identity and culture," Modi said. Attacking the opposition alliance, he said that Congress can go to any extent to win elections. has Congress "Now aligned with a party which was born and thrived on the strength of the infiltrators," he said. Alleging that Congress divides people, he said, "They can do anything, betray anyone for New Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday issued summons to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the INX Media money-laundering case on taking cognisance of the charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against them. pecial Judge M K Nagpal issued summons against the senior Congress leader, his son and others directing them to appear before the court on April 7. The court said there was sufficient material to proceed against the Chidambarams, Karti's chartered accountant S S former Bhaslararaman, CEO of INX Pratim Mukerjea and six firms including INX Media and INX News. The charge sheet was filed under section 3 (money laundering) read with section 70 (offences by companies), which is punishable under the PMLA. "I find sufficient material and grounds for proceeding further in the matter against all the 10 accused persons named in the complaint, out of which six accused are companies, for commission of offence under section 3 read with section 70 of the PMLA, which is punishable under section 4 of the Act," the judge said in his order. Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated with an 'Assamese Japi' during an election campaign rally ahead of the Assam Assembly polls , at Sipajhar in Darrang district, on Wednesday votes." The prime minister claimed that the NDA government has taken steps to check illegal infiltration and Bangladesh from . strengthen border security "With the people's increasing trust in the BJP government which has protected the state's cultural heritage and traditions, can you hand Assam over to those who will allow entry of illegal immigrants to destroy the state's identi- MADHYA PRADESH SHOOTERS BRING LAURELS FOR NATION IN ISSF WORLD CUP gold medals in the championship. Tomar bagged the first gold of the day in the 50metre rifle three-position, while Chinki aimed at the second gold in the 25-metre pistol event. Chinki, who hails from Bhopal, began her shooting career without any knowledge of what she was getting into. And now, she has brought glory not only to her electrician father, who used to watch her practise from a far corner of the stadium, but also to the state and to the entire nation. WEATHER Modi: Beware of Cong-AIUDF 'Mahajoth' as it's 'Mahajhoot' Electrician's daughter, farmer's son hit the bull's eye OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal Quality at Value PARINEETI CHOPRA FEELS ‘LIBERATED’ Pg-12 WELCOME SELF-RESTRAINT BY APEX COURT ON PILS Pg- 6 AMBANI BOMB SCARE CASE News Brief `3 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 ing, Chinki barely knew the difference between a rifle and a pistol. As a result, she ended up trying shotgun. With just a few performances, she grabbed eyeballs. The coaches selected her for the nationals. She has not stopped since then. The 21year-old shooter says it is her first medal at a World Cup and that, too, is gold. She is very happy, she adds. The 25-metre pistol in the women's category was swept away by Indian girls at the World Cup. ty?" Modi said. He alleged that the Congress didn't even spare the state's pride Assam Tea and attempted to shame it , globally in an apparent reference to the toolkit con."It is this Controversy gress which is now making tall claims about taking measures to improve the condition of the tea garden workers whereas, in reality, they did nothing for decades," he said. From farmlands to shooting range, Tomar bags World Cup gold he pride of Ratanpur, he was nervous TTomar, saysup aheadsoAishwarya of the game. that he threw He says it was the finale and everyone around him seemed to be the best. It was so difficult for him to cope with the pressure that he threw up. However, his coach calmed him down, saying it was good that he knew the pressure and that he was ready to bring a medal home, says Tomar. Tomar also won a silver medal at the tournament in a team event that took place two days ago.Hailing from an agricultural family, the 18-year-old prodigy did not have a clear picture of what his future held for him. But, inspired by his cousin, he decided to give shooting a go. He came to Bhopal in 2015 to attend a camp. The coaches here spotted him, awed by the natural shooter that he was.The teenage prodigy was the second Indian, after veteran Sanjeev Rajput, to have achieved a quota place in a 3-position event, which he had secured for the omar''s okyo Olympics. T 2020 T qualification scores for the World Cup were not as good as his performance in the World Cup, itself. He says there was a wind blowing and the weather was not normal. It affected his qualification-round performance. But his coach said a winner was one who adapted oneself to omar says, though he won any circumstance. T gold at the junior world cup, the senior has an entirely different feel.