www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2018 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Showers late. Morning clouds Temp: Max.32°C. Min.24C. Humidity: 35% Sunrise: 06:07 Sunset: 06:09 Apex court to hear Ayodhya suit from Oct 29 New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to refer to a larger bench the "questionable observation" in its 1994 verdict that "mosque is not an essential part of the practice of Islam", paving the way for the apex court to hear the politically sensitive main Ayodhya title suit from October 29. Holding that the earlier observation was made in the limited context of "land acquisition" during the hearing of the Ayodhya case, the top court in a 2-1 verdict made it clear it will not have any bearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute whose outcome will be eagerly awaited ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. S P11 SPOT POWER TARIFF AT 9-YR HIGH OF `15.37/UNIT REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H I-T raids on Revanth OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: In a day of high drama, Income-Tax department sleuths descended at the house of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee working president A Revanth Reddy and his relatives at the break of dawn in posh Banjara Hills area. The IT sleuths conducted raids in about 15 places related to Revanth Reddy and his brothers triggering a war of words between the Congress and TRS. The Congress party alleges that it was preplanned raid to demoralise the Congress leaders and cadre but the ruling party was equally vehement that it has nothing to do with the raids since Modi government was not their friend. Modi government did not do any special favours to Telangana, according to Nizamabad MP K Kavitha. Revanth and his family members were not at home when the raids began. He was at Kodangal in Mahbubnagar district to kick start his poll campaign on Thursday afternoon. He Shell companies under IT scanner Hyderabad: A team of IT officials from Delhi with the help of local officials and police launched simultaneous raids in 15 places, including Congress leader A Revanth Reddy family members houses. During the raids, the IT officials reportedly seized several key documents relating to two companies Bhupal Infrastructures company and Sri Sai Mourya Estates and ProjTelangana Pradesh Congress Committee working president Revanth Reddy at his Jubilee ects Private Limited in which Revanth Reddy allegedly inHills residence in Hyderabad on Thursday Photo: Adula Krishna vested Rs 66 lakh. ‘I’LL FIGHT ELECTIONS FROM JAIL’ Kodangal: Following the IT raids on his residence in Hyderabad on Thursday, Congress leader Revanth Reddy said that he may contest the ensuing election from jail as he received information that investigating agencies are was in Kodangal on Wednesday after offering prayers at Tirumala. Revanth Reddy had planned to launch his election campaign from Thursday. Reddy is known as ﬁrebrand leader of Telangana TS to set up Vajpayee’s statue OUR BUREAU Hyderabad: Caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Thursday announced that the state government had allocated one-acre land for the memorial of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Hyderabad. Speaking after moving the condolence motion in the Legislative Council, Chandrashekar Rao said that a statue and a memorial would be established in Hyderabad city in the memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Continued on Page 15 preparing ground to arrest him soon. Addressing a meeting in his native Assembly constituency, Revanth said that he is ready to file nominations from jail and exuded confidence that he will win the seat with 50,000 who is known for directly taking on KCR. Following the sudden development, Reddy had to cut short his plans of campaign and returned to Hyderabad. Speculations are rife that he would be arrested past majority. He came down heavily on TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the raids on his residence. Revanth reiterated that he will continue his fight against KCR. midnight by Enforcement Directorate. It is also being said that the A Venkat Reddy, brother of Revanth Reddy and his his wife A Vani have been taken into custody by police around 3 pm. Continued on Page 15 AMARAVATI ALL SET FOR BIG HOUSING BOOM Adultery no longer a crime Supreme Court scraps colonial law New Delhi: Adultery is no longer a crime in India, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday as it struck down the colonial-era law, dubbing it "archaic" and "unconstitutional" and saying it treated women as a "chattel" and denuded them of their "sexual autonomy". In a path-breaking judgement, a ﬁve-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra unanimously struck down section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) dealing with offence of adultery and section 198 of the CrPC which deals with prosecution of offences against marriage. With this verdict, India joined a list of countries, including China, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Germany and France, which have done away with the penal provision criminalising adultery. The CJI, who wrote the lead judgement for himself and on behalf of Justice A M Khanwilkar, held that "a husband is not the master" and any system treating a woman with indignity, inequity and inequality or discrimination "invites the wrath of the Constitution". The other three members of the bench -- Justices Rohinton F Nariman, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra -- concurred with the view that adultery should not be treated as an A good riddance Sec 497 is clear violation of fundamental rights granted in the Constitution and there is no justification for continuation of the provision offence, termed it as manifestly arbitrary, retrogade and cannot be allowed to continue. Justice Nariman, while holding that section 497 was "utterly irrational" and archaic as it demeaned the status of women, made it clear that the penal provision discriminated against women only on grounds of sex and violated their right to equality. Section 497 of the 158year-old law, which was punishable by a maximum ﬁve years in jail or ﬁne or both, says: "Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape, is guilty of the offence of adultery." Similarly, Justice Chandrachud held that the provision was "destructive" and deprived women of their "autonomy, dignity and privacy." He also said that sexuality, which was a definitive expression of identity of a woman, was part of her "inviolable core" and neither the state, nor the institution of marriage could disparage it. Justice Malhotra, the lone woman judge in the bench, held that any law which discriminated between persons on the basis of sex alone and deprived women of the right to prosecute, was not gender-neutral and liable to be struck down. Continued on Page 15 Protesting folk artistes sing along in march to Tirumala OUR BUREAU Tirupati: With the inspiration taken from Maharashtra Kisan long march, thousands of village folk artistes from Anantapur and Chittoor districts took part in a 125-km long march protesting against the Tirumala-Tirupati Devastanams negligence in allotting bhajan programmes at abode of Lord Venkateswara Tirumala hills. The folk artistes long march, which was launched on September 21 at Madanapalle town in the Chittoor district, has reached Tirumala on Thursday morning. The march moved towards Tirupati via Vayalpadu, Pileru, Bakarapeta, Rangampeta, Srinivasa Mangapuram, Peruru and reached Tirupati administrative building. For the last three years, Village Folk Professional Artistes’ Association has been demanding allotment of bhajan programmes on priority basis for them at Tirumala hill shrine through TTD Centre proposes Vadarevu as alternative port OUR BUREAU Amaravati: Proposing to develop Vadarevu as a major port in Prakasam district along AP coast, Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari wrote a letter to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Gadkari requested the state government to form a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for this proposed port to be developed jointly by the state and the Centre, according to sources. Officials informed that they received the letter on Thursday from Union government. The proposed port is an alternative to the Duggarajapatnam port, which is mandated to Central government under AP Reorganisation Act. Continued on Page 15 Folk artistes taking part in a massive rally in Tirupati on Thursday Darma Prachara Parishath (DPP). After failing to impress the administration, with their various forms of proests like dharna, Akhandanama Sankeerthana, Bhajana programmes in front of TTD administrative building, the aggrieved artistes resorted to long march. Among the demands, the folk artiste wants TTD to recognise the village bhajan folk professional artistes and issue identity cards to them. Another demand is to allot programmes for village folk artistes in Bramhotsavams procession too. During their protest march from Madanapalle to Tirumala Hills, they staged dharna and performed bhajans with Annamayya keerthanas and folk devotional songs at several spots drawing the attention of the passers-by. A few folk artistes from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telengana have joined in the march at Tirupati on Thursday. Folk artiste aged between 45 years and 70 years walked the 126km march without footwear. In the evening they reached Tirumala shrine for the darshan of Lord Venkateswara. The week-long folk protest long march was organised by the Chittoor District Bhajan Folk Artistes Association led by its state general secretary P Yadagiri, Amarnath Achary, S Munedra, Jagan, S Naryanappa (Karnataka), district leaders Kandarapu Murali, Kumar Reddy, Pullaiah, Jaya Chandra and others.
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