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New Delhi, May 4: The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) has moved the Supreme Court against the CEO of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in an alleged sexual harassment case.

CAB Secretary Aditya Verma through his advocate Jagnath Singh informed a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Friday regarding the charges against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.

“The Supreme Court has asked us to place this matter before the bench already hearing the BCCI matters,” Verma told IANS.

He also said that media reports were not correct to state that the apex court has refused to hear the petition regarding the alleged sexual harassment against Johri.

A report was carried on IANS on May 2 stating “The Supreme Court on Thursday refused any special hearing in the sexual harassment case against the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri”.

Verma said no hearing on the case was scheduled on May 2.

“BCCI’s senior advocate was asked by the apex court to look into the matter…. The CJI said because it is part of BCCI, the institution is required to see how the matter is going. As per causelist, the matter is listed on May 6,” Verma added.

A bench comprising of Justices S.A. Bobde and A.M. Sapre is looking into the BCCI matter.

Rashmi Nair, who claims to be a women issue activist, had filed the petition in the apex court and had insisted that there was every reason for BCCI Ombudsman D.K. Jain to revisit the case against Johri.

“Johri had a very colourful past in each and every organisation where he worked and he managed to get away with all allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by threat, coercion or greed,” the petition had said.

The petitioner also sought to know why the recently appointed ombudsman was not being handed the matter for investigation. Nair in her petition cited about three women who had raised the issue.
In the report of the independent inquiry by the committee, while Rakesh Sharma and Barkha Singh gave Johri a clean chit, Gowda had said that ‘the conduct of Rahul Johri at Birmingham, as a CEO of an institution such as BCCI is unprofessional and inappropriate which would adversely affect its reputation and the same has to be looked at by the concerned authorities’.

Johri had gone to the UK during the 2017 Champions Trophy.

A senior BCCI official had questioned the virtuousness of the Independent Committee itself as one of the members — Barkha Singh — was already a chairperson of Delhi and District Cricket Association’s (DDCA) internal complaints committee when appointed in the panel to look into allegations against Johri.

After the conclusion of the inquiry, the committee submitted its report to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and that was published on the BCCI’s website.

It read: “Since there is no consensus between the two members of the CoA regarding what action should be taken against Rahul Johri, the chairman stated that the natural consequence would be that Johri continues as the CEO of BCCI and is entitled to resume office.

“Diana Edulji (of the CoA) disagreed with this. However, the chairman reiterated that Rahul Johri should continue as the CEO of BCCI and resume his duties as a natural consequence.”



10 dead in Andhra Covid centre fire, govt sets up probe panel

Nine people were killed after a massive fire broke out at a Covid-19 facility in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada.




Andhra Factory Fire

Vijayawada, Aug 9 : At least 10 patients were killed and several others injured in a fire at a hotel functioning as a Covid care facility early on Sunday, Andhra Pradesh Health Minister Alla Nani said.

The government has set up a committee to inquire into the incident, said the minister, who inspected the scene at the Swarna Palace hotel which had been converted into a paid Covid care centre by a private hospital here.

The inquiry committee has been tasked with submitting its findings to the government within 48 hours, he added.

Following a review meeting with local authorities and officials concerned, the minister said that the fire had broken out at 4.45 a.m., while the fire station received the first intimation at 5.09 a.m.

Panic-stricken inmates began screaming for help and a few staff members leapt off from the first floor, suffering injuries.

There were around 50 people in the building at the time of the mishap, of whom 31 were Covid-19 patients. The remaining inmates were medical staff and support personnel.

Ten Covid-19 patients, including two women at the centre, were killed in the blaze suspected to have been set off by a short circuit. The remaining Covid patients are reported to be safe and recovering.

Stating that initial investigations point to several violations, the minister said that a police case has been registered against the Ramesh Hospital’s management under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed sorrow over the tragedy and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 50 lakh to families of each victims.

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After ‘Digital Andaman’, PM plans to make it hub of ‘blue economy’

The Prime Minister also took a detailed stock from the local leadership about their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.



Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Aug 9 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Andamanese people via the digital mode amid the Covid-19 pandemic on Sunday.

The Prime Minister interacted with the BJP workers of Andaman and Nicobar Islands through a video conference on Sunday, a day before dedicating the Submarine optical fibre cable project, connecting Chennai and Port Blair.

“For the development of New India, the entire nation needs to progress. The government may function from a specific point, but its work should reach out to everyone, and more importantly, to the person at the end of the ladder,” he said.

Modi added that the islands are strategically positioned with proximity to Chennai, Kolkata and the Mongla Port in Bangladesh which will prove beneficial for the islands which can be developed as the hub of the ‘blue economy’.

Talking about the development of the Andamans, Modi said, “The Central government’s initiatives have been very influential in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. These islands are being connected to other cities in the country by airways while also improving their inter-connectivity. Port Blair airport is being expanded.”

The Prime Minister also took a detailed stock from the local leadership about their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

After listening to many anecdotes and personal experiences of the local BJP leadership, the PM seemed content and expressed his willingness to visit the Islands soon.

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President’s ‘At Home’ for freedom fighters skipped this year

The Rashtrapati Bhavan provided the angvastram and shawls to the state and UTs governments through their Resident Commissioners.



Ram Nath Kovind

New Delhi, Aug 9 : Unlike previous years, President Ram Nath Kovind did not host the ‘At Home’ reception to honour freedom fighters on the 78th anniversary of ‘Quit India’ Day on Sunday due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Every year, the President hosts the ‘At Home’ reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the anniversary of the Quit India Movement on August 9.

The President, however, honoured and felicitated 202 freedom fighters from across the country on the occasion, and state and Union Territory governments were requested to send the District Magistrate/Additional District Magistrate/Sub Divisional Magistrate to felicitate these freedom fighters with a shawl and ‘angavastram’ at their homes on behalf of the President.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan provided the angvastram and shawls to the state and UTs governments through their Resident Commissioners.

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