FREE PRESS VOL. 11 NO. 134 | BHOPAL | WEDNESDAY | OCTOBER 27, 2021 | PAGES 16 - Regd. No. Indore MP/ICD 216/2021-2023; No bail yet for Aryan as HC to continue hearing EDITIONS: INDORE, BHOPAL, UJJAIN, MUMBAI, PUNE EDIT WWW.FREEPRESSJOURNAL.IN CHINA’S BORDER LAW A CLEAR WARNING TO INDIA Pg- 6 FOR 24X7 UPDATES News Brief RAHUL’S BID TO PUT PILOT AT THE HELM Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has cracked the whip in the Rajasthan intra-party fight for return of his friend and former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot (44) to power. Rahul is understood to have conveyed to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot (70), to carry out a Cabinet reshuffle before Diwali on November 4 to ensure return of Pilot’s men in the government. Congress sources said this will be the first step in what may be a full-fledged anointment of Pilot as the chief minister by February 2022 to give him enough time to prepare the party for the next Assembly elections due in December 2023. Gehlot has not yet conveyed his final decision on how to accommodate Pilot and his men. JAPANESE PRINCESS WEDS COMMONER Princess Mako, 30, of Japan has given up her royal title to marry her commoner boyfriend. in a move that has sharply divided public opinion. The eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito, she tied the knot with university sweetheart after an eightyear engagement. Japan's strict laws of succession forbid women from ascending to the Chrysanthemum Throne and force them to give up their titles if they marry commoners. The princess, simply dressed in a blue frock with a bunch of white flowers, bade farewell to her parents. Mako also refused the one-off payment of about $1.3 million typically made to royal women who leave the imperial family after marriage. Mako's 15year-old brother Hisahito is currently the only male heir to the throne after their father. DRAVID SURE TO BE NEXT COACH Celebrated former captain Rahul Dravid is all but certain to be the Indian cricket team's next head coach after he formally applied for the high-profile position on Tuesday. Also, it is reliably learnt that he is the first and only choice of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah. Dravid had recently met the BCCI brass in Dubai on the sidelines of the IPL final between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings where Ganguly and Shah spoke to him about taking up the position once Ravi Shastri steps down at the end of India's campaign in the ICC T20 World Cup. Under Dravid, a new era will start with the home series against New Zealand where he will take charge with a new T20 captain, which in all likelihood, will be Rohit Sharma. SAYS NO COMPLAINT against NCB's Wankhede AGENCIES Mumbai The Bombay High Court would on Wednesday continue hearing on bail applications of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan and two other persons arrested by the NCB following alleged drug seizure from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast earlier this month. Aryan (23), meanwhile, distanced himself from an allegation of extortion attempt against the NCB's zonal director Sameer Wankhede who had supervised the raid on the ship on October 2. Aryan's lawyers Mukul Satish and Rohatgi Maneshinde argued before WHO may approve Bharat Biotech's Covaxin within 24 hrs NEW DELHI The World Health Organisation is likely to grant emergency use approval to Bharat Biotech's Covaxin "within 24 hours", according to media reports on . Tuesday A "If all is in place and all goes well and if the committee is satisfied, we would expect a recommendation within the next 24 hours or so," Margaret Harris, a spokeswoman for WHO, was quoted as saying at a UN press briefing. Hyderabad-based The Bharat Biotech had applied to the WHO on April 19 for Covaxin's Emergency Use Listing (EUL). The WHO had earlier said that it will carry out the risk and benefit assessments before granting the EUL to determine if a manufactured vaccine is quality-assured, safe and effective. CONTD. ON P8 UP, CLOSE AND FILMY WITH AHSAAS CHANNA! Pg-16 Anti-Wankhede people threatening us: Wife The wife of under-fire NCB zonal director Sameer Wankhede on Tuesday came out in strong support of her husband and said they were getting threat calls, facing vicious trolling online and living in fear as she rejected NCB director Sameer allegations levelled against him Wankhede’s sister Yasmeen by Maharashtra minister Wankhede along with his wife Nawab Malik. She described Kranti Redkar her husband as an honest government officer and also refuted the extortion claims. NCB Vigilance probe team arriving A five-member Vigilance team of the Narcotics Control Bureau will arrive in Mumbai on Thursday to investigate the allegations against Sameer Wankhede, the zonal officer who is heading the cruise ship case. The agency ordered a vigilance inquiry following charges of payoff by a witness in the case. WILL TAKE NECESSARY ACTION: NCB DDG JAIN ON NAWAB MALIK'S ALLEGATIONS In the wake of a letter tweeted by Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik about various allegations including extortion against the NCB, its Deputy Director General Mutha Ashok Jain on Tuesday said they will take necessary action into the matter. Malik earlier in the day said he is forwarding a letter written by 'someone in NCB about the various illegal activities of (Sameer) Wankhede' to the agency's DG S N Pradhan. Justice N W Sambre that the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) had no evidence against him. "Aryan has no complaints whatsoever against any officer of the NCB including its zonal director Sameer Wankhede. Aryan is not concerned with these unsavoury controversies. He completely denies any relation to this," senior counsel Rohatgi also told the court. The NCB and Wankhede on Monday had said the allegations were part of vendetta by a political leader whose son-in-law had been arrested by the NCB in the past, the lawyer said. "But today, the NCB is putting this on Aryan Khan and saying he is tampering with witnesses. This is affecting my client's case," Rohatgi argued. CONTD. ON P8 Cong MLA’s absconding son arrested in rape case VICTIM demands fair probe OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore Days after home minister Narottam Mishra's warning, Karan Morwal, son of a Congress MLA, who was absconding ever since a woman accused him of rape six months back was . arrested on Tuesday Karan Morwal is the son of Badnagar MLA Murli Morwal. Police had earlier announced a reward of Rs 25,000 on his arrest. On October 20, the home warned had minister Karan to surrender within two days or else the state government would take strict action against him. Following a tip-off, Karan Morwal (30) was arrested near Maksi town in Accused Karan Morwal being taken to court in Indore on Tuesday Shajapur district, about 80 km from Indore, said Jyoti Sharma, in-charge of the women's police station in Indore. A joint team of women crime and personnel branch sleuths nabbed the accused while he was going in a car with an accomplice - Rahul Rathore, she said. NEW AKHARA PARISHAD CHIEF BACKS BJP, IRKS MANY The accused was remanded in police custody by a local court for a day, an official said. While on the run, the accused used to change his , locations frequently the official said, adding they are also probing Rathore's role. After the arrest, a medical examination of the accused was conducted and he was questioned, she said. According to officials, the rape case was registered against Karan Morwal on April 2 this year at the women's police station in Indore. comwoman The plainant had alleged that he raped her on the pretext of marrying her, they said. comthe Meanwhile, plainant reached the office of the Superintendent of Police (SP) here to meet the . officer on Tuesday CONTD. ON P8 Akhada Parishad president Mahant Ravindra Puri with general secretary Mahant Hari Giri and sadhus perform Ganga Pujan ritual at Sangam Math, said, "It is unbecoming of the Akhara Parishad to announce its political preferences and has lowered the dignity of the position that he now holds. CONTD. ON P8 Five people, including a serving Indian Navy officer and two retired naval officers, were arrested last month from various places across the country for getting classified information related to the kilo class . submarine leaked, a source said on Tuesday The source also said that Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the case, carried out raids at 19 locations in Mumbai, Delhi, Noida and Hyderabad last month. It stated that naval establishments were . also raided by the probing agency The CBI had arrested the serving Indian Navy personnel of commander rank from Mumbai and two former Navy officers of commander and commodore ranks from Delhi. "Two other private persons were also arrested," sources in the probing agency said. , The agency after receiving tip-off, first arrested two former Navy officers of commander and commodore ranks from Delhi in mid September. A week later, the CBI sleuths arrested the serving officer from Mumbai. Several electronic gadgets and other incriminating materials have been seized which are being scrutinised. CONTD. ON P8 Tension over taking knee, de Kock pulls out of WI clash THE GESTURE is in support of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement but SA players are split on the issue Cricket South Africa on Tuesday ordered its players to take the knee before their T20 World Cup matches in support of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement, a directive that led to Quinton de Kock withdrawing from the game against the West Indies and laying bare the growing internal tension. Wicketkeeper-batter de Kock made himself unavailable after the CSA's diktat. The board said it will await a report from the management before deciding on the next move. The South African cricketers have been seemingly split on the issue and before their T20 WEATHER 30.00c. 19.00c Sunrise : 06.29 Sunset : 05.53 CENTRE TO SC Lay down definite, decisive ground to implement quota in promotions to SCs/STs NEW DELHI The Centre Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to lay down a definite and decisive ground for the Union of India and the states to implement reservation in promotions to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in government jobs. Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, told a bench L Justice by headed that Rao Nageswara SC/STs have been sidelined from the mainstream for years and "we have to bring an equaliser (in form of reservation) in the interest of the country to give them an equal chance". "If you don't lay down a definite decisive ground that the states and union will follow, there'll be a multitude of litigations. There will never be an end to this issue as to what is the principle on which reservation has to be made... "We can't fill the seats unless merit is the criteria but there is a class that has been sidelined from the mainstream for centuries. In which case, in the interest of the country and in the interest of the constitution, we have to bring an equaliser, and that in my view is representaproportional tion. That gives the right to ," equality Venugopal told the bench also comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and B R Gavai which reserved its verdict on the issue. He said, "we need a principle on which reservations are to be made". "If it is left on the State, how will I know when adequacy is satisfied? What is inadequate. CONTD. ON P8 AASHRAM 3 SHOOTING CONTINUES UNDER COP COVER ‘Don’t want to become fodder for political battle' UNIT WILL leave if there is another such incident OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL Shooting of Bobby Deolstarrer web series Ashram 3 continued at Kerwa Dam . in the city on Tuesday The shooting began at 6am and continued till late in the evening. A crew member, on condition of anonymity, told Free Press that director Prakash Jha didn't come out openly against vandalism by Bajrang Dal activists because he didn't want to become fodder for political battles. "The trouble-makers are clearly related to the ruling outfit. By-elections are scheduled in the state and the issue can be used by the opposition parties. We do not want to be caught in the crossfire," political sources said. However, the team, led by Prakash Jha, is determined to pack up and leave the state if there is another similar incident. "Safety of the crew and the cast is of paramount importance to us," sources said. The web-series landed in a controversy after a group of Bajrang Dal workers vandalised the sets and threw ink on Jha at Old Jail premises in Arera Hills on Sunday The windevening. screens of two buses of the crew were also brostone-pelting. in ken They said they wanted the title of the series changed and threatened that they would not allow the shooting of this web series further. Besides police force, private bouncers have been deployed at the shooting venue as a precautionary measure. Director Prakash Jha has not made any statement in this matter so far. CONTD. ON P8 TREKKING TO SAVE LIVES NEW DELHI PRAYAGRAJ DUBAI Quality at Value Serving Navy officer, 2 retired held for leaking classified info ‘Jo Ram ke sath hai, akhara parishad uske sath hai’ The newly elected president of the Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP), Mahant Ravindra Puri of Niranjani Akhara, has announced that "ABAP would put all its weight behind the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to ensure its win in the UP and Uttarakhand polls and Yogi Adityanath is the chief minister again." However, this has irked many other Mahants. "Jo (political party) Ram ke sath hai, akhara parishad uske sath hai (Those who are with Ram, Akhara Parishad is with them)," said Puri, hours after his election. He further said, "Agar sanatan dharm ko bachana hai, to Yogi ko dobara lana hai (If Sanatan dharm is to be saved, then Yogi has to be brought back again)." Mahant Ravindra Puri's blatant, ly open support of the BJP however, has stirred up a hornet's nest. A seer from the Baghambari `3 RNI No. mpeng/2010/35815 World Cup opener against Australia, players were seen standing, kneeling or raising a fist. Pacer Anrich Nortje and wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen stood with their hands behind their backs even as their teammates used different ways to express their support to the 'Black Lives Matter' movement. On Tuesday, both these players took the knee with the rest of the squad. In the past few months, an inquiry has also been conducted on revelations made by black players about feeling isolated in the team. The side is currently being led Temba Bavuma, who is the Proteas first black captain. CONTD. ON P8 Army and J&K Police personnel during a rescue operation for two missing villagers, in the upper snow clad reaches of Rajouri district on Tuesday Pak won but this teacher lost her job MANISH GODHA JAIPUR The services of a private teacher in Udaipur have been terminated by the school administration as she displayed a picture of the Pakistan cricket team on her WhatsApp status with a caption, ‘We Wonn, (sic)’ after the T20 victory on Sunday night. Though the school administration has not given any reason for the action, her sack letter went viral on social media. In the meantime, the teacher apologised through a video clip and said that it was all in good humour. It all started on Sunday night when the teacher Nafeesa Atari put up a WhatsApp status that supported Pakistan in the T20 cricket fixture. One of the parents saw the status and immediately texted the teacher, ‘You support Pakistan?’ The teacher replied ‘yes’, she did. The reports say that the parent called the school administration and com- plained about the teacher. In the meantime, pictures of the teacher’s status and her reply went viral on social media and became a . talking point in the city Realising that the situation had veered out of control, the teacher apologised through a video message and said, ‘We were watching the match and supporting our respective teams. It did not mean that I am supporting Pakistan.’ She explained further, ‘Somebody texted me that you are supporting Pakistan; amid the laughter, I said yes. But this does not mean that I support Pakistan. I am an Indian and I love India. The moment I realised something was wrong, I deleted the message.’ But by then the school administration had terminated her services. The letter says that Sojatiya Charitable Trust in its meeting has decided to terminate (the teacher of) services Nafeesa Atari.’ FP tried to contact the school officials but could not succeed. UAPA CASES SLAPPED ON PAK BACKERS SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Police has cases two registered against medical students under the Unlawful ActiviAct (Prevention) ties (UAPA) for celebrating Pakistan's victory over India in a T20 international cricket match, officials said on . Tuesday The cases have been registered against the students living in hostels at the Government Medical College in Karan Nagar here and SKIMS Soura, the officials said. Videos of the celebrations of Pakistan's victory against arch-rivals India at several places, fire crackers were also burst. The J-K Students Association has, meanwhile, urged Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to withdraw the UAPA charges on humanitarian grounds. In a statement, national spokesperson of the Association, Nasir Khuehami, said the UAPA charges against students is a harsh punishment which will ruin their future and "will further alienate them".