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Counsel of Ramdev, doctors’ body slug out as Supreme Court says ‘don’t quarrel’

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The Supreme Court on Monday stepped-in as counsels for yoga guru Ramdev and doctors’ body had heated argument, on former’s plea seeking a stay on proceedings in connection with multiple FIRs lodged over his alleged remarks against the use of allopathic medicines during the COVID pandemic.

A bench comprising Chief Justice N.V. Ramana, justices A.S. Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy noted that the court had received material connected with the case at around 11 p.m. on Sunday night. “We got bulky files having copies of statements and videos”, said the bench.

The apex court was scheduled to examine on Monday, the original records of Ramdev’s statement on the use of allopathic medicine following his plea to stay investigation and transfer the cases against him to Delhi.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Ramdev, requested the bench to hear the matter on Friday. Senior advocate Rajiv Dutta, appearing for Delhi Medical Association (DMA), which has filed an impleadment application in the matter submitted that his client has created a chart citing all statements made by Ramdev. DMA has called Ramdev a “businessman” clad as a “yoga guru” and claimed that he does not have any degree or license to practice Ayurveda and prescribe medicines.

The bench said: “we are not doing anything. We are posting it for next week.” Senior advocate P.S. Patwalia, representing the Indian Medical Association and one of the respondents in the matter, submitted that his client has also filed all extracts of Ramdev’s statement in its application.

At this juncture of the hearing, Rohatgi opposed the application, and said, “They have no role in filing all this”. Dutta rebutted, “Don’t say, we have no role. What you are stating (in the petition) is all false”. The bench intervened, “Don’t quarrel”. The bench said it may take up the matter on July 12.

Ramdev alleged that the IMA has unleashed barrage of cases, civil and criminal, against him via its different chapters in the country.

On June 30, Rohatgi had submitted that FIRs have been filed in different parts of the country against his client, and urged the court to club these FIRs, and have a single case in Delhi. He added that his client had launched Coronil for Covid last year, and all the doctors went against him.

The bench had asked Rohatgi, “what is the original thing that you spoke?” He had responded, “I will file original video and transcript”. After hearing arguments, the top court had scheduled the matter for further hearing on July 12.

In the plea, Ramdev sought transfer of FIRs lodged by IMA in Patna and Raipur to Delhi. He has been booked under Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to transmit infection of disease dangerous to life), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) of the IPC and other provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005.

The voluntary body of doctors accused him of spreading false information in connection with the Allopathic treatment for Covid patients. On May 23, Ramdev had withdrawn his statements on Allopathic medicine after receiving a strong-worded letter from Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who termed his remarks as “inappropriate”.

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29 DCP-level officers transferred in major Delhi Police rejig

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 In a major reshuffle, 29 DCP-level officers of Delhi Police have been transferred and given new responsibilities, an official order said here on Saturday.

According to the order, Additional CP (traffic), Veenu Bansal, has been transferred as Additional CP, CPCR.

DCP Central district Jasmeet Singh, DCP Outer North district Rajeev Ranjan, and DCP Southwest district Ingit Pratap Singh have been sent to the Special Cell of the Delhi Police.

DCP North Anto Alphonse will be relieved for central deputation, while DCP South Atul Kumar Thakur has been posted as DCP Headquarter-1. Gaurav Sharma, who was serving as DCP Security, has been transferred as DCP South West District.

Benita Mary Jaiker, DCP 7th battalion DAP, has been shifted as DCP South district.

Shweta Chauhan, DCP (HQ), has been transferred as DCP Central District. Similarly, Sagar Singh Kalsi, DCP (P&L), has been made DCP North district.

Esha Pandey, DCP (PCR), has been shifted as DCP Southeast district, while Brijender Kumar Yadav has been transferred to the Outer North district.

R.P. Meena has been shifted as DCP HQ-2, while Santosh Kumar Meena will join as DCP (P&L).

Of all the 29 transferred officers, 10 are from the DANIPS cadre.

Earlier on August 29, 11 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers of Delhi Police were transferred and given new responsibilities in the national capital.

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K’taka BJP is puppet of RSS, working on their orders: Siddaramaiah

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 Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has no faith in democracy and a parliamentary system of governance, Siddaramaiah, the Leader of the Opposition has said, adding the entire government, including Bommai, is behaving like a puppet of the RSS and working on their orders,

The Congress party will start a statewide protest against price rise from October 2 till the prices are reduced, he said.

The position of the Speaker is above politics and political parties. His/Her decisions should always be unbiased. What is the sanctity of the position, if the speaker behaves like a member of a political party, he said.

“New National Education Policy is an attempt to enable upper caste and RSS to enslave marginalised sections, Dalits and women. If we try to oppose, Speaker jumps to justify the government,” he charged.

The BJP government has decided to hand over KIADB land that was acquired at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore per acre amounting to Rs 175 crore to acquire 116 acres. The same land is now being given to CESS at just Rs 50 crore. The current market price is Rs 300-400 crore, he said.

“The prices have increased drastically after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister. Both Central and State BJP governments are looting from the common man. Narendra Modi government has increased the excise duty of Diesel from Rs 3.45 to Rs 31.84 and excise duty of Petrol is increased from Rs 9.21 to Rs 32.98. Let him reduce excise duty by 50 per cent. The Narendra Modi government has collected about Rs 23 lakh crore as excise duty in the last 7 years,” he said.

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Centre sanctions medical devices park in Himachal

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 Himachal Pradesh has been sanctioned a medical devices park, first in north India, by the Central government with the grant-in-aid of Rs 100 crore, said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Thakur thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sanctioning the park to be developed in Nalagarh in Solan district where land measuring 265 hectares has been identified.

The Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers had notified the guidelines of the Promotion of Medical Devices Park scheme that aimed to set up four medical devices parks in the country.

The Chief Minister said the estimated cost of this park would be Rs 266.95 crore and Rs 160.95 crore would be borne by the state government.

He said the state was expecting an investment of over Rs 5,000 crore with a turnover of Rs 20,000 crore and gainful employment for about 10,000 people.

The park will give big boost to the second stage of industrialization apart from producing consumer goods, Thakur said, adding that it would have industries producing capital goods such as plants and machinery, etc.

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