YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 29 C MIN 23 C WORKED WITH COACHES, JAYANT YADAV TO RETURN TO FORM: CHAHAL SPORTS Rainfall may occur. Rs. 3 KOLKATA TUESDAY, 27 JULY, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 72 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) NADDA, SHAH DISCUSS K’TAKA SITUATION WITH ARUN SINGH NATION Morning India CONNECTIVITY ISSUE SLP filed in SC against Calcutta High Court judge’s order MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court administration has filed a special leave petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court challenging an order of one of its judges over connectivity issues during virtual hearing of cases, in which he had also expressed reservations over assignment of matters to judges by the Acting Chief Justice. Calcutta High Court Bar Library Club secretary Pramit Ray on Monday said senior judges informed the three bars representing advocates during a meeting that an SLP was filed in the apex court challenging the July 19 order of Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharyya, and so discussions on the issue of assignment of matters to judges will have to wait till its outcome. "We were informed that an SLP has been filed before the Supreme Court challenging Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharyya's order," Ray said after the meeting, which was also attended by secretaries of the Calcutta High Court Bar Association and the Incorporated Law Society. Justices I P Mukerji, Soumen Sen, Subrata Talukdar, Tapabrata Chakraborty and Shivakant Prasad were the judges who met the representatives of the three bars, in which issues such as physical presence of lawyers along with submissions in the virtual mode and extension of timing of the High Court were discussed, Calcutta High Court Bar Association secretary Dhiraj Trivedi said. Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharyya of the Calcutta High Court on July 19 released a matter in which he had passed caustic observations in an order over connectivity issues during virtual hearing of cases, while expressing reservations about the way it was assigned to a division bench by the Acting Chief Justice, the "master of roster". Disturbed with connectivi- ty issues during hearings in the virtual mode, Justice Bhattacharyya had on July 16 directed the High Court's central project coordinator to show cause in writing as to why proceedings should not be drawn up against the High Court Administration, including the registrar general and the central project coordinator, in particular, for criminal contempt of court due to continuous interference in virtual hearings in each and every matter. The reply to the showcause notice was filed on the same day, as directed. Following the assignment of the matter to a division bench, Justice Bhattacharyya had said in the July 19 order that at no point of time, he was ever contacted by the Registrar General or the "Acting Chief Justice through His Lordship's Secretary or OSD (Officer on Special Duty) seeking either my consent or at least having the courtesy to inform me about such assignment," which he said negates his judicial order in administrative capacity. "I have serious doubts about the transparency of the system of dispensation of justice in our court in view of the above chain of events," Justice Bhattacharyya said in the order. He said that the power of assignment springing from the "Master of Roster" concept, "confines the Chief Justice's administrative power to assign specific Benches for taking up specific types of matters, which cannot be exercised at the whims of the RG or even the Acting Chief Justice." No pressure from Delhi: BSY ‘voluntarily resigns’ BENGALURU: Outgoing BJP Chief Minister in Karnataka, B.S.Yediyurappa, categorically stated that there was no pressure from party high command to tender his resignation as he submitted his letter to Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot on Monday. Speaking after his visit to the Raj Bhawan, Interim Chief Minister Yediyurappa stated, he voluntarily took the decision to step down from the post to make way for a new CM in the state. He also maintained that he will continue in politics serving the party organisation. He said he will not ask for any position from the party in future. "There is no question of me sitting idle or going out of politics. I will strive to bring back the party to power every time," he underlined. "I once again add that, there was no pressure from Delhi. I only decided to tender resignation on the occasion of completion of two years in office," he stated. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president J.P.Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah have not forced me to take any decision," he stated. "I am doing this so that, the party could install a new face in the state as the CM," he added. The BJP high command was tense over the process of changing the leadership of Karnataka as the Monday developments progressed but heaved a sigh of relief as the former CM Yediyurappa's "voluntarily resigned" statement came through. Yediyurappa's announcement finally brought the curtains down on a week-long suspense surrounding his continuation as Karnataka chief minister. Ashwani Kumar hails TMC government’s decision to form inquiry panel over Pegasus row MI NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI: Congress leader and former union law minister Ashwani Kumar has hailed Mamata Banerjee government's decision to constitute a statutory commission of inquiry into the Pegasus surveillance allegations and said it is a "welcome political statement in aid of the citizens' fundamental right to privacy, freedom and dignity". Kumar said that the Opposition must not shirk from taking "the snooping report" to its logical conclusion in a demonstration of CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 31,417,313 TOTAL DEATHS: 421,117 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 195,013,883 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,178,778 commitment to constitutional values. He said the defence of the right to privacy that concerns the conscience of the Republic and its fundamental values "must enlist the support of the entire nation, rising above partisan considerations". "The duty to unravel the truth about the assault on the nation's core values is the first charge on our democratic politics," he said. Earlier in the day, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the State government has formed an inquiry commission on allegations of surveillance Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrives at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on Monday through Israeli spyware Pegasus. The two-member commission includes former Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B Lokur and former acting Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya. Mamata Banerjee said they expected that the Centre will probe the matter "but they did not do so". The Opposition has been forcing adjournments in the two Houses of Parliament over its demands on various issues including a probe into the allegations of surveillance through Pegasus. Encounter breaks out in J&K’s Kulgam SRINAGAR: An encounter broke out between terrorists and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Kulgam district on Monday, officials said. "Encounter has started at Aharbal area of Kulgam. Police and security forces are on the job," a police officer said. The firefight began after a joint team of the police and the army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on basis of specific information about presence of terrorists there. As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding, they came under a heavy volume of fire and retaliated, triggering the encounter. 73 critical roads along Indo-China border being developed on priority: Centre New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) The government is focusing on enhancing the road infrastructure along the IndiaChina border for which it has identified 73 critical roads of 4,203 km that are being accorded highest priority with dedicated funding. In a written reply to Naresh Bansal in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, Minister of State for Defence, Ajay Bhatt, said that the government is fully seized of the security needs of the country and reviews the same from time to time. The required measures, including development of infrastructure like construction of roads, tunnels and strategic railway lines, are taken to safeguard the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of India, the minister said. Firefighter rescue a person from a collapsed building at 9, Dayal Som Lane in Kolkata on Monday President pays homage to Kargil fallen heroes NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind visited Baramulla on the 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas on Monday and paid homage to all those who lost their lives in the Kargil war while protecting the nation. He was accompanied by the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha and Lieutenant General DP Pandey, General Officer Commanding Chinar Corps. He paid homage to the indomitable courage and sacrifice of the Indian Armed Forces personnel during the Kargil conflict in 1999 by laying a wreath at the Dagger War Memorial in Baramulla during a solemn ceremony. The President was received by Major General Virendra Vats, General Officer Commanding Baramulla Division and was briefed about the town's history, highlighting the contribution of the town in various operations post-independence. He interacted with the soldiers of Baramulla Division and wished them luck in all future endeavours. After visiting Baramulla, the President proceeded to Gulmarg and visited the High Altitude Warfare School. He was briefed on the various facets of training there. Kovind paid homage to the Indian armed forces at Baramulla after he could not make it to Dras War Memorial as planned earlier due to bad weather. This is not the first time bad weather has prevented the President from visiting Dras. In 2019 also bad weather prevented the President from visiting Dras to participate in the Kargil Vijay Diwas. He instead paid tribute by laying a wreath at a war memorial at the Army's 15 Corps headquarters in Badamibagh in Srinagar. The President flew to Srinagar on Sunday for a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. India celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas, PM pays homage to fallen heroes NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid homage to all those who lost their lives in Kargil protecting our nation on Kargil Vijay Diwas. India celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas on July 26 every year to mark the anniversary of the Indian Army's victory against Pakistan in 1999. The armed conflict continued for more than 60 days at Kargil in Ladakh. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said; "We remember their sacrifices. We remember their valour." He also said, "Today, on Kargil Vijay Diwas we pay homage to all those who lost their lives in Kargil protecting our nation. Their bravery motivates us every single day. Also sharing an excerpt from last year's 'Mann Ki Baat'." On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat radio programme urged people to salute the brave hearts who made the nation proud in 1999. "It is but natural to get emotional in honour of the one who bears the Tricolour of the country. This feeling of patriotism unites all of us. Tomorrow, that is the 26th of July is Kargil Vijay Diwas as well," he said. He further stated the Kargil war is a symbol of the bravery and patience on part of India's Armed Forces which the whole world has watched. "This time this pride filled day will be celebrated amid Amrit Mahotsav. That is why this day becomes all the more special. I wish you read the enthralling saga of Kargil… let us all bow to the bravehearts of Kargil," the Prime Minister stated. Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and senior Indian military officers paid homage to the fallen heroes on Kargil Vijay Diwas at the National War Memorial in New Delhi.