YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 22 C CIVIL WAR IS IMMINENT IN AFGHANISTAN AS TERROR REVIVES OPINION Rainfall may occur. 1983 WORLD CUP WINNER YASHPAL SHARMA NO MORE SPORTS Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA WEDNESDAY, 14 JULY, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 60 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) Bengal violence NHRC submits report; HC orders DNA test to identify BJP leader’s body MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: An NHRC committee investigating alleged post-poll violence in Bengal on Tuesday submitted five sets of report in sealed covers before the Calcutta High Court, which ordered DNA matching of the body of a BJP labour wing leader for identification. A five-judge bench presided over by Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal noted that the second post-mortem examination of the body of Abhijit Sarkar, vicepresident of Bharatiya Mazdoor Trade Union Council in Kolkata, has been carried out at the Command Hospital as per its earlier direction and that the report was being prepared. Sarkar was allegedly killed in post-poll violence in Kolkata. His family demanded a second autopsy, which was not acceded to by the police and the administration. The High Court on July 2 ordered a second autopsy at the Command Hospital, a military facility. The committee, constituted by the NHRC on the order of the High Court to probe alleged human rights violations during post-poll violence, submitted five sets of report in separate sealed covers and was taken on record by the bench. The bench directed that copies of the report be supplied by the counsel for the NHRC to the advocate general, counsel for the petitioners, the counsel for the Election Commission of India (ECI) and also to the additional Solicitor General of India. The panel had on June 30 submitted an initial report before the court and had sought further time to submit a comprehensive report, which had been granted by the bench. Additional Solicitor General Y J Dastoor submitted on Tuesday that Biswajit Sarkar, the brother of the deceased, expressed his inability to identify the body on account of its bad condition, following which the bench ordered a DNA matching with the sibling. The ASG submitted that sam- ple for DNA analysis of the deceased has been taken to confirm the identity of the body and that if the matching is allowed with the DNA of his brother, the issue may be resolved. Mahesh Jethmalani, senior counsel appearing for Biswajit Sarkar, said that he is ready to give his sample for DNA matching with the deceased. The court directed that samples for DNA analysis of his brother Biswajit Sarkar be taken at the Command Hospital on July 15. The bench refused a prayer by Kishore Dutta, Advocate General of Bengal, that the investigating officer in the case be allowed to be present at the time of taking the sample of Biswajit Sarkar at the Command Hospital to which serious objection was raised by Jethmalani. "We don't consider that presence of investigating officer is required as sample of Biswajit Sarkar has to be taken in the Command Hospital," the bench said. The court directed that the samples of both Sarkar and the deceased be sent to the director of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Kolkata for analysis. "Director, CFSL, Kolkata is directed to conduct DNA analysis of both the samples at the earliest on priority basis and submit a report to this Court in a sealed cover within one week," the bench ordered. It also directed that the body of the deceased be shifted back to the hospital mortuary from where it was taken to the Command Hospital and it should be retained in safe condition until further order is passed by the court. The High Court on July 2 ordered a second autopsy of the BJP labour wing leader at the Command Hospital here and issuance of a show-cause notice to a Deputy Commissioner of Kolkata Police as to why contempt proceedings would not be initiated against him for violating its order. An affidavit filed by Deputy Commissioner of Police, south suburban division, Rashid Munir Khan was taken on record by the bench on Tuesday. The interim report of the NHRC panel had mentioned that Atif Rasheed, a member of the committee was obstructed from discharging his duty when he and his team members were attacked by goons on June 29 in Jadavpur area which falls under the city police's South Suburban Division. The five-judge bench also comprising of justices I P Mukerji, Harish Tandon, Soumen Sen and Subrata Talukdar adjourned hearing of the PILs alleging post-poll violence in Bengal till July 22. A bunch of PILs filed before the High Court had alleged displacement of people from their residences, physical assault, destruction of property and ransacking of places of business owing to post-poll violence in the State. The High Court had on June 18 directed the NHRC Chairperson to constitute a committee to examine all cases with regard to alleged human rights violations in post-poll violence in Bengal. AT A GLANCE PM MODI TELLS TOKYO-BOUND ATHLETES PRASHANT KISHOR MEETS RAHUL GANDHI Don't get bogged down by expectations NEW DELHI: Poll strategist Prashant Kishor met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at the latter's residence on Tuesday, creating a fresh buzz in the political circles. Kishor has recently held talks with NCP chief Sharad Pawar leading to speculation that he was helping build a larger opposition front to take on the BJP in the next cycle of assembly elections and later in the 2024 general elections. The meeting with Kishor, who is Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's principal advisor, also came in the backdrop of ongoing discussions on a likely revamp of the party's state unit, but AICC general secretary. MORE ON PG 7 MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked the Tokyo Olympics-bound Indian sportspersons not to get bogged down by the pressure of huge expectations and try and put up their best performance without bothering about the results. "Don't take pressure of winning, just tell yourself one thing that we will do our best. I will say it again 'cheer for India'. I am sure you will touch new heights," Prime Minister Modi told the 126 members of the Indian contingent and their family members during an interaction on Tuesday evening. He said his government has provided all the facilities and support to the sportspersons and as a result athletes in such large number have qualified for Tokyo CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 30,913,995 TOTAL DEATHS: 409,338 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 188,259,124 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,058,480 Olympics. "Just like we have to combine hard work with good strategy to win in sports, the government has also done the same. We set up a committee, athletes were helped with the TOPS scheme. The development from before is being felt by you all. You sweat for the country and the flag and for that, the country stands strong beside you. We tried our best to help the athletes train, we listened to them, which is why we could bring so much betterment in such less time. With Khelo India and Fit India, things got better and the result is that a huge contingent is going to the Olympics this time. "A lot of sports are such in which India has qualified for the first time. You have been practicing to win and we don't doubt it all. I can see you all and say with conviction that winning will become new India's habit. When you will wave the flag in Tokyo, the world will see. Don't take pressure of winning, just tell yourself one thing that we will do our best. I will say it again 'cheer for India'. I am sure you will touch new heights. I thank you all and I wish you all the very best. I salute your families. Thank you very much." He said he could not host them at his official residence in New Delhi, as had been done in past, because of the Coronovirus pandemic but promised to host them when they return from Tokyo. "All the athletes and families, we spoke virtually today but I would have loved to have hosted you all in Delhi. Due to corona, we couldn't do that. A lot of athletes are training abroad. Once you are back, I promise to meet you all in person. Corona changed a lot -- Olympic year, your way of preparation. In Tokyo, the environment will be different. The nation got to know today how much you have worked hard for the country even in these tough times.” Sputnik V to be produced at SII from Sept: RDIF MOSCOW: The first batch of Sputnik vaccine is expected to be produced at Serum Institute of India (SII)'s facilities in September, said Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the country's sovereign wealth fund on Tuesday. In a statement, RDIF said that the Russian Direct Investment Fund and Serum Institute of India (SII)s intend to produce over 300 million doses of the vaccine in India per year. "As part of the technical transfer process, SII has already received cell and vector samples from the Gamaleya Center. With their import approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), the cultivation process has begun," it said. India is the leading production hub for the production of the Sputnik vaccine. RDIF had earlier reached agreements with a number of pharmaceutical companies in India (Gland Pharma, Hetero Biopharma, Panacea Biotec, Stelis Biopharma, Virchow Biotech and Morepen) for the production of the Russian vaccine. To date, the Russian Sputnik V vaccine has been registered in 67 countries globally with a total population of over 3.5 bn people. The data obtained by regulators of a number of countries during the vaccination of the population, including in Argentina, Serbia, Bahrain, Hungary, Mexico, San Marino, UAE and others, demonstrates that Sputnik V is one of the safest and most effective vaccines against coronavirus Meanwhile, on WHO concern over Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine issues with the filling of vials at one plant, the Pharmastanfar - UfaVITA said that the issues did not relate to the safety or efficacy of the vaccine itself, the plant is responsible only for pouring into vials doses of Sputnik V vaccine produced elsewhere. CONGRESS CALLS STRATEGY GROUP MEET ON JULY 14 AHEAD OF SESSION PAGE 7 DGTR to look into Bangladesh anti-dumping import duty sunset clause: IJMA MI NEWS SERVICE (IJMA) had repeatedly complained about the dumping and illegal import of jute products from Bangladesh and Nepal, misusing the SAFTA treaty and hurting Indian farmers and jute mills. The sunset clause is supposed to remain effective till January 2022. That means, unless the Indian government extends the period of the clause, it will help Bangladeshi jute exporters as there will be no safeguard duty from February next year. "The DGTR has initiated an investigation on the sunset clause of duties imposed by India on jute products exports from Bangladesh after IJMA raised KOLKATA: The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has ordered an investigation into the sunset review clause of duty imposition on import of jute products from Bangladesh and Nepal following complaints from the jute industry, an IJMA official said on Tuesday. The DGTR, which is under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, functions as an integrated single window agency for providing comprehensive and swift trade defence mechanism in India. Indian Jute Mills Association concerns of damage to domestic industry and farmers interests," IJMA chairman Raghavendra Gupta said. Since the imposition of anti-dumping duty (ADD) in January 2017 by the Indian government, the quantum of subsidy has been increased by Bangladesh to nullify any hurdle to their trade, he said. "The jute industry in India was forced to file for circumvention duty when importers began to import sacking cloth instead of sacking bags to evade the ADD," he said. Indian authorities had earlier exempted some jute mills in Bangladesh against ADD and countervailing duty through a notification. IJMA has observed that the bulk of jute product imports by Indian traders come from these exempted mills in Bangladesh. "Surprisingly, the exports from these mills to India far exceed their manufacturing capacity. It is clear that these exempted mills are abusing their status to harm Indian industry and covertly further the cause of Bangladeshi jute industry," Gupta said. The product under consideration in the present investigation is jute products comprising jute yam/twine (multiple folded/cabled and single), Hessian Fabrics and Jute Sacking bags. In social media age, desecration of reputation child's play: HC NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday said social media had made desecration of a public figure's reputation "child's play", as it slammed activist Saket Gokhale for posting defamatory tweets against former United Nations Assistant Secretary General Lakshmi Puri, wife of Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. The court directed Gokhale to immediately delete the tweets alleging Puri had purchased certain property in Switzerland which was disproportionate to her income. A bench of Justice C. Hari Shankar said: "In the age of social media, desecration of the reputation of a public figure has become child's play. All that is needed is the opening of a social media account and, thereafter, the post- ing of messages on the account." "It is an unfortunate truism, of human nature - which forms subject matter of philosophical debate since ages - that we prefer brickbats to bouquets." Justice Shankar made it clear if Gokhale, fails to delete the tweets, then Twitter is directed to take down those URLs. As Gokhale's counsel argued that before posting messages on a social media platform, made accessible to all members of the public, against any person, no due diligence, by way of conducting, at the very least, a preliminary enquiry into the facts, is necessary, the court said: "Such a submission, if accepted, would place the reputation of every citizen in the country in serious jeopardy, and open to ransom at the hands of every social media vigi- lante, some of whose intentions may be less than honourable." The bench noted that criticism always makes for better press than praise, and the more vitriolic the criticism, the better, and the exponential growth of social media platforms provided fertile soil for the growth and mushrooming of this unfortunate human tendency. "Social media, for all its unquestionable and undeniable benefits, as well as its indispensability in modern times, comes with its own sordid sequelae. The present instance appears to be a case in point," it noted. The court noted the damage that the plaintiff, and her husband, have suffered, as a result of Gokhale's tweets is apparent; but that is one of the unavoidable pitfalls of access to social media platforms and the way in which they work, by those who abuse their facility, as Gokhale has, in the present case, prima facie chosen to do. The high court noted that Puri has brought on record all necessary documentary and communi- cation shared with government in connection with the property. "I am unable to find, prima facie, even a scintilla of impropriety, or lack of transparency, either in the purchase of the apartment, or in the disclosures made to the statutory authorities in that regard, either by the plaintiff or by her husband," it said. Senior advocate Maninder Singh, representing Puri, contended that Gokhale is a "pseudoactivist, whose intent is only to blackmail vulnerable persons in public life, such as his client". The court declined to accept the submission of Gokhale's counsel that the law did not require a vigilante, who sought to post, on social media platforms, messages against public figures, to carry out any preliminary exercise of verification before doing so. The court noted ideally, in the first instance, clarifications ought to have been sought from the person against whom the messages were intended to be posted. It also took a grim view on tagging the Finance Minister in one of the tweets by Gokhale. "Such 'tagging' has, however, no sanctity whatsoever in law and is, in any event, woefully inadequate to serve as notice to the Finance Minister regarding the issues which the defendant was choosing to highlight," it said. The court added that loss and prejudice that the plaintiff is likely to suffer, as a consequence of the thoughtless tweets of the defendant, cannot be compensated in monetary terms. The court noted a series of tweets, posted between June 13 and June 23, appeared to have been actuated by a clear desire to target her and her husband, for reasons which seem, at the very least, to be recondite. Puri had filed the suit against Gokhale claiming that the tweets were defamatory, malicious, and based on false information.