CMYK SATURDAY www.thestatesman.com 07 MAY 2022 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR BLOW TO JOHNSON WITH LONDON LOSSES ‘POPULAR FRONT OF INDIA'S AIM IS DESTABILISATION’ P10 WEATHER Partly cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower in some areas. Temperature likely to be in the range of 36-27 degrees Celsius. RAINFALL: Trace RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max. 86% TEMPERATURE Min. 35% Max: 36.4 °C(+1) Min: 25.2 °C(-1) SUN RISES SUN SETS 05:00 hrs 18:05 hrs MOON RISES MOON SETS 09:48 hrs 23:44 hrs Full moon on 16 May THUMBNAILS Union Home Minister Amit Shah meets with family members of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha worker Arjun Chowrasia, who was allegedly killed and hanged, in Kashipur, West Bengal. ANI SC Collegium recommendations: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the elevation of Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia, Chief Justice, Gauhati High Court and Justice J.B. Pardiwala, Judge, Gujarat High Court, as judges of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Collegium in a meeting held on 4 May also approved proposals for elevation of various judicial officials and advocates as judges in various high courts, according to a statement. P5 P7 Showdown after Punjab cops arrest BJP’s Bagga Punjab police team intercepted by Haryana cops after arrest of BJP leader in Delhi STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 MAY In a showdown between the police forces of Punjab on the one side and Haryana and Delhi on the other, BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga was today arrested by the Punjab Police from his residence in New Delhi for his recent remarks against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal but Delhi Police took his custody at Kurukshetra in Haryana. Bagga was picked up from his residence in Janakpuri area on Friday, a month after he was booked for his alleged remarks against Kejriwal over the latter's views on the movie The Kashmir Files. Bagga was taken to the Janakpuri Police Station where BJP workers gathered to protest against his arrest. Earlier in the day, BJP workers also staged protest outside the AAP office. After heated claims and counter-claims over the arrest of Bagga from his Delhi residence, Delhi Police took his custody from their Punjab counterparts and sent him back to the national capital from Kurukshetra to be produced in a local court for transit remand. Earlier, Delhi Police A team of Delhi Police leaves with BJP leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga from Thanesar Sadar Police station in Kurukshetra on Friday. ANI lodged two cases against Punjab Police in connection with the arrest. The Punjab Police team taking the BJP spokesperson to Mohali near Chandigarh was stopped midway by Haryana Police after Delhi Police registered a kidnapping case on the complaint of Bagga's father. Haryana Police took Bagga to a police station near Kurukshetra town where a team of Delhi Police arrived. Punjab Advocate General Anmol Rattan Sidhu told the media in Chandigarh that the state government is going to file a habeas corpus petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court as "our police officers have DJOKOVIC REACHES MADRID OPEN SEMIS ‘PM’S THRUST TO TRANSFORM FARMS’ been illegally detained by Haryana Police in Pipli". RK Rathore, the lawyer representing Punjab Police, told a news agency: “The first case was lodged under sections of kidnapping, while the second was lodged under section of assault. The second case was lodged on the complaint of Bagga's father. Delhi police have detained four Punjab Police personnel and taken them to Janakpuri police station." Following all standard operating procedures, Punjab Police had duly informed Delhi Police about the matter, he claimed. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders have defended the arrest, saying Punjab Police are acting in an unbiased CMYK way and the action was taken after Bagga refused to cooperate with the investigation even after notices were sent five times. The father of Tajinder Pal Bagga claimed that he was punched in the face when he attempted to capture the incident on video. Talking to a news agency, Tajinder Bagga's father said, "This morning, 10-15 police personnel came to our home and dragged Tajinder out. When I picked up my mobile phone to record a video of the incident, police took me to another room and punched me in the face." BJP leaders accused the ruling Aam Aadmi Party of misusing the Punjab police. BJP IT department head Amit Malviya took to Twitter to say that every worker of the party will ensure that Kejriwal “learns how to handle power the hard way”. BJP national general secretary BL Santhosh also condemned the arrest, and said: “Punjab Police is being used as personal mafia of Arvind Kejriwal. We condemn the arrest of Tajinder Bagga and assault on his father by police at the insistence of Aam Aadmi Party. Soon Karma will catch you.” P12 Report on ‘excess’ Covid deaths sparks slugfest SNS/AGENCIES NEW DELHI, 6 MAY A day after India objected to the use of mathematical models by the World Health Organisation (WHO) claiming 4.7 million "excess" Covid deaths in the country, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday took a jibe at the government stating "Science does not lie, Modi does". According to the WHO report, more than 4.7 million people in India are thought to have died because of Covid-19. "47 lakh Indians died due to the Covid pandemic. NOT 4.8 lakh as claimed by the Govt. Science doesn't LIE. Modi does," tweeted Rahul Gandhi. The Congress leader also demanded Rs 4 lakh mandatory compensation for those losing their lives during the pandemic. The Bharatiya Janata Party questioned the process of theWorld Health Organization (WHO) in projecting excess mortality estimates due to Covid, and said that the source of the data must have accuracy while also stating that the health body itself does not vouch for the verification of the FACT FILE TOTAL CASES 4,30,94,938 ACTIVE CASES 19,688 NEW CASES 3,545 3,549 NEW RECOVERIES TOTAL DEATHS 5,24,002 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. FRIDAY 06 MAY 2022 Bengal recorded 48 cases and 1 deaths source. “There are certain flaws in WHO data. The type of methods adopted byWHO in the whole process is wrong. The source of the data must have accuracy, while WHO has recognized that the source is not verified,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told a press conference here. Responding to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's accusation of the Centre lying on the Covid death data, Patra charged him with attempting to defame the BJP-led government since 2014. SC Constitution Bench to take up Centre-Delhi tussle matter STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 6 MAY The Supreme Court in its judgment today referred to a five-judge Constitution Bench the matter pertaining to the tussle between the Centre and the Delhi government over the control of bureaucrats/services in the national capital. A Bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana passed the order today. The bench, also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli, however, said all other issues, except the issue of control over services, had been ‘elaborately dealt with’ by a previous Constitution bench in 2018 and they will not be revisited. The Supreme Court today in its order listed the matter for hearing before a 5-judge bench on Wednesday, May 11, for hearing the arguments from both the Centre and Delhi government on who should control the services. The limited issue that has been referred to this bench relates to the scope of legislative and executive powers of the Centre and the Delhi government with respect to the terms of services, the Supreme Court said.
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