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Modi addresses 32nd edition of Mann ki Baat, Shivsena demands Bharat Ratna for Veer Savarkar.

Sonu Kanojia



Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed 32nd edition of his monthly program “Mann Ki Baat”. During his 29 minute program, Modi paid tribute to Veer Sarvarkar on his birth anniversary and shared his views on Swatch Bharat Abhiyan, he also Praised Advocate Afroz shah for his efforts of cleaning Versova beach of Mumbai.
Veer Savarkar

“People from all over India were imprisoned in the cellular jail. Veer Savarkar’s role in India’s freedom movement cannot be forgotten. His book ‘Mazi Janmathep’ gives insights about his struggle for freedom when he was imprisoned in the cellular jail,” he said while paying tribute to Veer Savarkar.

After Modi talked about Veer Savarakar and his efforts for freedom of the nation, Shivsena again raised his demand of Bharat Ratna for Savarkar. While Speaking to Media Shivsena leader Arvind Sawant said,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tribute to Veer Savarkar and informed whole nation about his struggle for freedom from Britishers. So,we again demand Bharat Ratna for our great freedom fighter Veer Savarkar.”
Ramdan Greetings
Modi also conveyed his greeting on the start of Ramdan to people across the world.”The holy month of Ramadan will help in keeping peace, unity and goodwill in the nation,” he said.

“India’s cultural diversity is her strength. 125 crore Indians can take pride that people belonging from all communities of the world are present in India who reverberate the message of shanti (peace), ekta (unity) and sadbhavna (goodwill),” PM Modi said.

He said that in India, people practicing idol worship, people who did not follow idol worship, atheists and people believing in god are all living in peace and harmony.

Constructive Criticism
While speaking on his governments completing three years Modi said “Constructive Criticism” strengthens the democracy. He also welcomed the analysis and criticism done by various media regarding the completion of three years and performance during this period.

Modi said “Constructive criticism strengthens the democracy. For a lively democracy, such exercises are immensely important.”

Modi also said he believes that in a democracy, a government must present its report card to the people.While addressing people though “Mann ki Baat” Modi said Three years back, People had given me the responsibility of the ‘pradhan sevak’ (prime servant). There have been several surveys and opinion polls. I consider this entire exercise healthy.

“I thank those who have given critical and important feedback…. I greatly value such exercises… It provides an opportunity to correct the weaknesses and the drawbacks that may be there,From the result of these surveys, the government can take lessons and move ahead,”Modi added.

Clean India ( Swatch Bharat Abhiyaan) 

While speaking on “Clean India” (Swatch Bharat Abhiyan) Modi praised Mumbai based environmentalist Afroz Shah and his efforts towards cleaning Mumbai’s dirtiest Versova’s beach.

“I heartily congratulate Afroz Shah and his entire team for their efforts in cleaning Mumbai’s Versova beach,” Modi said.

He lauded the effort of Shah’s effort of cleaning Versova beach was started in October 2015 and later it became people’s movement. Versova beach has now been transformed into a clean and beautiful beach, he said.

UN Environment Programme awarded Shah with the “Champion of the Earth” Award. He is the first Indian to receive this Honour.

Massage to students

Modi also encouraged students to try new things during their summer vacations. He also urged people to make provisions to help birds and animals quench their thirst during the summers.

Read Full version of “Mann Ki Baat”  word to word 
My dear countrymen, Namaskar. It will  perhaps be  difficult for us to forget the year’s summer.. But, we are now awaiting the rains. As I am talking to you today , the holy month of Ramzan has already commenced . I convey my hearty greetings  to all  fellow Indians and  everyone  across the world, especially the Muslim brethren at the  advent of  this auspicious month of Ramazan ,. Prayer, spirituality and charity are accorded the highest priority during Ramzan. We, Indians, are very lucky that our ancestors have  created such  a  tradition that today India and its  1.25 billion  people  can  take pride  in the fact that people from all communities and faith are available here.. This is a country where both theists and  atheists  ; . idolaters  and those loathing  idol-worship co-exist. We have adapted ourselves to myriad kinds of ideologies, different  ways  of worshipping and all types of  traditions and imbibed  the art of co-existential living  . In the ultimate ,  ny religion, faith, ideology or tradition- give us the  message of peace, unity and goodwill. This holy month of Ramzan will definitely be helpful in further strengthening these values  of peace, unity and goodwill. I, once again convey my best wishes to all. Last time   around while sharing my thoughts in Mann ki Baat  I had mentioned) a new word and had specially exhorted  our youth to do something new, to come out of the comfort zone, experience new things; as this is the age when one can experiment and take risks and accept new challenges of life. I am glad that many people have given me  feedback. All of them  showed enthusiasm by personally speaking out their minds to me. I could not read them all nor could listen to all the messages  because there were such a large number of messages.But whatever  I  could see from a  cursory  look  that while  some made efforts  to learn  music, some   tried  hands on a new musical instrument, some of them are trying to learn new things by using  YouTube, some  are trying to learn a new language. Some are learning  cooking, some others are learning dance and drama ;  Some have written that  they  have  now started  to write  poems. They are making efforts to know about nature and are learning the art of living and trying to understand the world. I am extremely happy  and want to share one of the phone-calls with you.
“I am Diksha Katiyal speaking. I had almost left the habit of reading. Therefore I decided to pick up the habit during vacations.  When I started reading about the freedom struggle , it was then I realized that how much struggle was involved in getting India freed, how much sacrifices were given and how so many freedom fighters spent years in prison. I am particularly inspired by Bhagat Singh, who achieved so much at such a young age. Therefore I request you that you tell something to the younger generation today on this topic.”
I am delighted that younger  generation is taking interest in knowing about our history, about our freedom fighters and about those who made sacrifices for the country. Countless great men spent their youth in jails. Several youngsters  went to the gallows . They suffered  despicable miseries and that is how we can now breathe in a free India. We  see all  those great men  who spent their time in jails did a great job of writing and reading. Their writings  provided  a great strength  and inspiration to our Freedom Movement.
 Many years ago, I visited Andaman & Nicobar Islands. I went to see the Cellular Jail there. Today is the birth anniversary of Veer Savarkarji. Veer Savarkarji had written a book “Majhi  Jannmathep” while in  incarceration   . He used to write poems on the  walls of his prison cell. He was confined to a very small  cell. These seekers  freedom must have gone  through immense torture. I was inspired to visit the Cellular Jail only after reading Savarkarji’s book “Maazi Janmthep”.
A light and sound show is also shown there which is   very inspiring. There  was hardly  any state in India youths from which were not exiled to the dark waters  of Andamans  and were   forced to spend their youth in this Cellular Jail during the freedom movement.   included people of every language, every state and every generation had  faced tortures during this struggle
Today is the birth anniversary of Veer Savarkarjee. I  would  definitely  want to tell our younger generation that  to even perceive what kind of  torture  and trouble  these freedom fighters had suffered  to achieve freedom for us one must visit  this Cellular Jail. Once we go there We come to know as to why this was called Kaalaa Paani or the dark waters  If you get a chance, please pay a visit to this place which is actually a pilgrimage of our freedom struggle.
My dear countrymen, 5th of June is the first Monday of the month. Everything is otherwise normal. Yet, 5th of June is a special day as this is observed as “World Environment Day”. This year the United Nations have chosen the theme  ‘Connecting People to Nature’. In other words, we may say “back to basics”. And  What’s the meaning of connecting with nature??  In  my view, it means   getting connected with one’s own self. Connecting with nature means nurturing a better planet. And, who can explain this in a better way than Mahatma Gandhi? Mahatma Gandhi often used to say, “One must care about a world one will not see”. This means that it is our duty to be concerned about the world which we shall not see and to care for that.  Nature possesses a special power. You might have also observed that whenever we feel tired and exhausted, splashing a glass of water on our face has a wonderful rejuvenating effect. If you return after a tiring day’s work, just open the windows and doors of the room and take a deep breath of fresh air – this will fill you with fresh energy. Our body is made up of five basic elements and whenever we come in contact with these elements we get fresh energy. All of us have experienced this but we do not register this, we do not connect this in a single thread  of sequence. Now on, kindly make it a point to notice  that whenever  you  come in contact  with a natural  condition , a new spirit emerges from within you. So, the global campaign of connecting with nature on 5th June should become our individual campaign as well. And we are reaping the benefits of the efforts made by our ancestors to save the environment. And if we shall protect the environment, our future generations will reap the benefits. Vedas, describe  the Earth and the Environment  as the basic sources of energy. And, Atharva Veda, written thousands of years ago, is the most authentic guiding scripture about nature and environment. In India, it has been said – “Earth is the mother and I am her son”. According to Vedas, the purity within us is because of the Earth. The Earth is our mother and we all are her children. If we recall Lord Buddha, a fact comes to light that his birth, his enlightenment and his Mahaparinirvana, all three happened under a tree. We have many festivals and religious rituals which are based on worshipping nature and affection towards nature is a part of our everyday life. This  is true  in case of all sections of society whether  lettered  or unlettered  , rural or urban and even tribal communities.   But we need  to present this in modern language and integrate with modern arguments.
These days ,  I keep receiving news from our states. Almost in every state, a big  plantation  campaign gets underway with the onset of monsoon.  Millions of trees are planted. School children, social organizations and NGOs also get connected with the campaign. Even State Governments take an initiative. Let us also make our contribution in enhancing this campaign.
My dear countrymen, 21st June has become  a well known day world over. The whole world observes this as World Yoga Day. In a very short time, 21st June has got worldwide recognition as  World Yoga  day and is connecting people. At a time when separatist forces are raising their ugly heads  this has been India’s great contribution to the world.. We have successfully connected the whole world through Yoga. Like  Yoga connects body, mind, heart and soul: similarly it is connecting the world now. Because of life style, because of the mad race to achieve success and because of increasing responsibilities, leading a stress- free life has become very difficult. It is seen, this situation is coming up even at a comparatively younger age. At a time  when People are gobbling up medicines indiscriminately  and passing their days,  Yoga plays a very vital role in helping people to lead a stress-free life. Yoga is a guarantee of wellness and fitness both. Yoga is not merely an exercise. How to mount on the journey of life with the inter-play of  body, mind, thoughts and behavior can be better realized and understood through Yoga. Just two days back, I have written letters to all governments and all leaders of the world about the Yoga Day.
Last year, I made announcements of some Yoga competitions and some awards as well. We shall gradually advance in that direction. I have received one suggestion and I  compliment  the gentleman who has made this creative suggestion. It is a very interesting suggestion. He has said   since  this is the Third International Yoga Day  I  should make an appeal that on this third international Yoga Day, three generations of the family should do yoga together. Grand parents, parents and children should together perform Yoga and also upload their photos. It will be such pleasant blend of Yesterday, today and tomorrow  that  it will lend a new dimension  to Yoga. I express my gratitude for this suggestion and I feel that as our ‘Selfie with Daughter’ campaign had proved to be a very inspiring experience. So will this campaign of posting pictures of three generations together performing yoga will evoke curiosity across the nation as well as across the world. You should certainly send the pictures of three generations doing yoga together to me on Narendra ModiApp or on Mygov. This will be the picture of “yesterday, today and tomorrow” and will be a guarantee of a brighter tomorrow. I invite all of you. We are still left with about three weeks for the International Yoga Day. Start practicing from today itself. From 1st June, I will post something or the other about Yoga on twitter and continue to do so till 21st June. I will share with you. You too  kindly spread the message of  Yoga and connect people with it. This, in a way, is a movement on preventive health care. I invite you all to get connected to it. Eversince you entrusted me with the responsibility of  being  the Pradhan Sewak- the Chief Servant of the people  and when for the first time  when  I got a chance  to address from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15th August, I had talked of cleanliness. From then onwards, I get a chance to stay in different parts of the country. And, I have seen that people closely follow as to what Modi does, where does Modi go, what all has Modi done. I received a very interesting phone call and I had also not visualized from this angle. But, I am thankful to him for having seen the campaign in this way. This phone call will also attract your attention.
“Pranam Modi ji, I’m Naina from Mumbai. Modi ji I watch whether on TV or Social Media, wherever you go, one can see people in that city pay special attention  to cleanliness. Mumbai or Surat, your clarion call has led people to adopt cleanliness as a mission. Not only the elders but children also have become aware about cleanliness. Many a time we see them telling elders not to litter on the roads. The cleanliness drive that you had begun from the Ghats or Banks of   the ganges    in  Kashi has now taken the shape of a movement inspired by you.”
You are  right, that wherever I go, the government machinery does the cleaning but nowadays cleanliness also turns into  a social event. Five, seven or ten days before my visit a large number of cleanliness drives are held. Media also prominently highlights such programmes., A few days ago, I went to Kutch in Gujarat. A big cleanliness drive was conducted there. I also did not see a connect is in this. But, after receiving this phone call, I also started thinking that the point made there was pertinent. You can very well imagine how much pleasure I derive by knowing this fact and also by noticing that the country is also closely monitoring the programme. There cannot be any bigger pleasure for me than to know that my visit has been connected with the cleanliness campaign. Besides usual arrangements to welcome the Prime Minister, cleanliness will also be high on the agenda. This is very pleasing and inspiring for any cleanliness loving person. I congratulate everyone connected with this  Cleanliness programme  providing  strength  to it. Someone gave me a suggestion. This is in a way a humorous suggestion. I do not know whether I would be able to do it or not. Modi ji, when someone asks for your visit  , your stay, you should ask as to what would be  the standard of cleanliness,  if they wish to invite you. How many tonnes of waste would you present to me so that I may accordingly decide the duration of stay. The idea is very good but I will have to think. But, one thing is right that this movement should be encouraged and it would definitely be better if cleaning tonnes of waste are cleaned and  and given as presents  in place of other gifts. How many people shall we be able to save from ill health. This will be a big service to humanity. One thing I would certainly like to say is that we should always  consider  these  waste  as  resources and wealth. . Do not see it as just garbage. Once we start looking at garbage and waste as a wealth, we shall also find newer, techniques of waste management. Young persons connected with Start-ups will also come forward with newer schemes and also come forward with new equipments.
The Central Government has alongwith State Governments and with the cooperation of municipal representatives of cities decided to launch  a massive  and important campaign of waste management. On the occasion of World Environment Day on 5th June, there are going to be litter bins made  available to collect solid waste and liquid waste in 4000 towns of the country.
Two types of waste bins will be available, one would  be of  green colour and the other blue. There are two types of waste generated, is the  liquid waste and the other is dry waste. If we follow discipline, then the waste bins that are going to be placed in these 4 thousand towns will collect dry garbage in blue waste bins and liquid garbage in green waste bins. The waste from our kitchens, be it vegetable peels, leftover food, egg shells or leaves are all part of liquid waste and are to be placed in green litter bins. This waste can be utilized in fields, and if you will remember that fields are green then you will remember what to place in the green litter bins. The second type of waste is like old newspapers, cardboard, iron, glass, cloth, plastic, leather, polythene, broken boxes, rubber, metals and other kind of waste are all dry waste or litter which can be recycled by machines but cannot be  directly used and has to be placed in the blue waste bin. I’ve a firm belief that we will develop a culture and the new steps that we take towards achieving cleanliness will continue, only then will we achieve the dream of Gandhiji, achieve the kind of cleanliness that he dreamt of, today. I must admit with pride that if a single individual decides it in his heart then a huge Public campaign can be  launched . Cleanliness is also one such drive; a  A few days ago, you must have heard that the Versova beach in Mumbai, which was  infamous for its   filth has now transformed into a  a clean  and  beautiful  beach. People toiled for about 80-90 weeks, unceasingly and turned Versova beach around by extracting thousand of tonnes of waste materials and today Versova beach is clean and beautiful. This campaign was owned by Versova Residence volunteer or VRV. A gentleman called Afroz Shah started  this mission from October, 2015  whole heartedly with all his might, slowly people started joining his bandwagon  and turned into a people’s movement. For this outstanding work, United Nations Environment Programme or UNEP awarded ‘Champion of the Earth’  Award  to Sh. Afroz Shah, and thus he has become the first Indian to achieve this distinction. I congratulate Sh. Afroz Shah, and felicitate this people’s movement. The manner in which Sh. Afroz Shah gathered the people of the area into a people’s collective and gave it the shape of a People’s movement in itself an inspiring example.
Brothers and Sisters, it is with great happiness that I wish to tell you, that I am given to understand  that  under the aegis of ‘Swachch Bharat Campaign’, the Riyasi Block in Jammu and Kashmir has  become completely free of open defecation. I wish to congratulate the  people  of Riyasi Block and also the public servants  of Riyasi Block.  Jammu & Kashmir has presented an excellent example. I congratulate one and all in the state. I have been told that this movement found maximum leadership amidst women. The women of that area took out torch rallies to spread awareness, went from house to house, street to street and inspired the people towards this goal. I felicitate the mothers and sisters of Riyasi from the bottom of my heart. I also congratulate the administrators there for making an excellent beginning by turning one block in the state of Jammu and Kashmir open defecation free.
My dear countrymen, an audit and assessment of the performance of the present  government in the last three years is happening all over on newspapers, social media or TV  for the last 15  days.. Three years ago you  vested  the responsibility of ‘Pradhan Sewak’- the Chief Servant of the People  upon me. There have been many surveys and several opinion polls. I  see this entire process as a  very healthy sign. The works done during these years were tested on every touch stone . It was analyzed by  every segment of society. And this is a great process in democracy. I firmly  believe  that governments must be accountable  in democracy and the public at large must be provided with  report card  of works done. I wish to congratulate those who took out time for an in depth analysis of our work, there were some  praises  some support   and sometimes shortcomings were also pointed out, I understand the importance of all these things. I thank those people, who provided critical and important feedback. The mistakes and the shortcomings once highlighted can be rectified. Whether something is good, little less effective  or bad, whatever it is, one has to learn from it and move  ahead in life putting the learning from  it into practice.
Constructive criticism strengthens democracy; for an aware nation, an awakened nation, this churning is very important.
My dear countrymen, I too am an ordinary citizen like you and like any ordinary citizen I too am influenced by good or bad things. Some people take ‘Mann Ki Baat’ as a monologue and some criticize it from a political angle but after a long experience, I now feel, that when I had first started ‘Mann Ki Baat,’ I had not given thought to the fact that ‘Mann Ki Baat’ would make me a member of every family in India. Now I feel as if I’m conversing with my family while sitting at home. And there are many families who have written to me these very feelings. And as I said, as an ordinary citizen, I too get affected emotionally. Two days ago there was a launch of an analytical book on ‘Mann Ki Baat’ at Rashtrapati Bhavan, it was attended by the Hon’ble President, Hon’ble Vice President , Madam Speaker of the Lok sabha  and as an ordinary citizen and as an  individual this was very  inspirational event for me. I’m grateful to the Hon’ble President, Hon’ble Vice President and  Madam Speaker that inspite of their such high stature  they took out time and  they accorded importance to ‘Mann Ki Baat’. In fact it in itself  has  given a new dimension to ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Some of our friends, while working on this book had discussed it with me also. And some time ago, I was pleasantly surprised when this book was in the news again because Akbar Sahab an artist living in Abu Dhabi, proposed that he wishes to sketch the topics on which various episodes of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ were based, and without taking a single rupee Akbar sahab transformed ‘Mann Ki Baat’ into art as a gesture of his love. I am grateful to Akbar Sahab.
My dear countrymen,  when we shall meet next time  by then monsoon rains would be lashing  every corner of the country, the weather would have changed, examination results would have arrived, the journey of education will begin anew and the  rains would  bring a hope,  pleasant fragrance, a new aroma ! Come let us move ahead  while loving nature in such a pleasant atmosphere.
My many felicitations and best wishes to you. Thank you.


West Nile fever: Health Ministry reviews Kerala’s preparedness




New Delhi | In the wake of the death of a six-year-old boy, who was undergoing treatment for West Nile fever in Kerala, the Centre on Tuesday reviewed the current situation, preparedness and action taken to deal with the disease in the state’s Mallapuram district.

According to Union Health ministry officials, this could be the first fatality due to the vector-borne disease reported from the country. The Union Health ministry along with officials from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reviewed the state preparedness and action taken to deal with West Nile Fever (WNF) in Mallapuram district on Tuesday, an official said.

A multi-disciplinary central team is already deputed in Mallapuram to investigate various epidemiological aspects of West Nile Virus (WNV) there and also help the district administration in its prevention and management.

The state has been advised to follow the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP) guidelines of personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites.

The Ministry has also recommended vector surveillance and control to be carried out in coordination with NVBDCP. “It has been advised that all cases of JE/AES are to be investigated as per guidelines of JE/AES and also tested for West Nile Virus. Further, the community is to be sensitized through IEC campaigns on use of personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites as per NVBDCP Guidelines,” a senior health ministry official said.

The boy, hailing from Malappuram district, was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Kozhikode Medical College Hospital in neighbouring Kozhikode one week ago after he tested positive for the virus. He died on Monday.

West Nile Fever is a mosquito borne zoonotic disease caused by a flavivirus –WNV — and is related to viruses that cause Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever and St Louis encephalitis.

“Human infection is most often due to bites from infected mosquitoes. To date, no human-to-human transmission of WNV through casual contact has been documented. Infection with WNV is either asymptomatic (no symptoms) in around 80 per cent of infected people, or can lead to West Nile fever or severe West Nile disease,” a health ministry statement said.

Testing for West Nile Virus is available at the National Institute of Virology, Pune, and National Institute of Virology, Allapuzha. Facility for xeno-diagnosis with respect to infection among vectors is available at the Vector Control Research Center (VCRC), Kottayam.

NCDC branch in Kozhikode, in coordination with VCRC, Kottayam, will provide assistance for vector surveillance and xeno-diagnosis in the vector as well as prepare and disseminate a standardised hospital management protocol of AES case management to be followed by all hospitals catering to cases of AES.

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Bombay HC pulls up Maharashtra govt, BMC on coastal road project




Mumbai | The Bombay High Court on Tuesday questioned the state authorities on how could they begin work on a coastal road project without determining whether it was going to adversely affect fishing communities and breeding ground for fish along the proposed road.

A bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice N M Jamdar said while development was essential, it could not come at the cost of citizens. The court also took strong exception to apparent “lack of coordination” among the agencies involved in the project.

It noted that while the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) claimed to have all requisite data on issues like the number of people being affected and breeding ground for fish along the proposed area, the state fisheries department and the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest did not have any information on the same.

BMC counsel Anil Sakhre told the court while a survey had been conducted in the Worli area to identify people and livelihoods that would be affected by a portion of the coastal road project, a survey along the entire stretch of around 19 kilometres was yet to be conducted by the state fisheries department.

The department, however, told the bench that it was inept to identify the breeding ground for fish along the above stretch and would need help from expert agencies under the central government. At this, the bench remarked that such a lack of coordination represented an extremely sorry state of affairs.

It said ideally, the agencies should have conducted such a survey before beginning work on the project. The court also said the state must have a uniform policy to assist and rehabilitate any person affected by the coastal road project. “Development should not come at the cost of the people,” the bench said.

“Your (parties in the case) submissions also reflect a very sorry state of affairs. Can’t you coordinate without the court’s intervention? Why don’t you get together, hold a meeting, take all stakeholders into confidence? Is it the court’s job to get all of you together and send you into a meeting room for discussion on your own project?” the bench said.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by members of two fishing societies, Worli Koliwada Nakhwa and Worli Machimmar Sarvodaya Sahakari Society, opposing the coastal road project that proposes to connect the Marine Drive area in the city to Kandivali.

The petitioners claimed the BMC and state authorities had not conducted any public hearing, or consultations with the fisher folk from the city before starting on the proposed project. They said in their plea that the construction and reclamation work will destroy fish breeding grounds and that the road once constructed, will take away their livelihood.

The BMC, however, submitted that the project was not going to have any adverse impact on the fishing community in the city. The court said the BMC will need to submit “scientific data” to prove its arguments.

The court has now directed the civic body to submit details of the fishing areas and breeding ground that fall along the proposed stretch, and the number of people likely to be affected by the project.

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Pollachi case: Madras HC seeks Tamil Nadu govt’s response to plea for court-monitored probe




Chennai | The Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Tamil Nadu government and the CBI to file their replies on a petition seeking a court-monitored probe into the Pollachi sexual harassment case.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani and Justice M Duraiswamy gave the direction when the petition by an advocate came up for hearing. It then posted the petition to April 10 for further hearing.

Petitioner P Pugalenthi referred to the Tamil Nadu government order transferring the case to the CBI based on a recommendation by the state DGP.

A gang of four men had on February 12 allegedly tried to strip a 19-year-old woman inside a car near Pollachi in Coimbatore district, shot a video of the act and blackmailed her using the visuals. With the incident triggering outrage amid reports that more women had been assaulted by the gang, the state government had last week issued an order transferring the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The petitioner submitted that the DGP had recommended the CBI probe since the case involved technical issues, including analysis of social media accounts. He also referred to the government order mentioning the name of the victim and said it was “unfortunate” the state ignored the fundamentals of justice and disclosed her identity.

He wanted the court to monitor the probe by the CBI, saying the DGP himself had stated the case demanded more laborious and dedicated investigation.

Meanwhile, a report from Coimbatore said the CB-CID, which is at present investigating the case, summoned editor of “Nakkheeran” R R Gopal to appear before it on March 25 in connection with the release of a video by the Tamil magazine reportedly containing visuals of some women being harassed by the gang.

Gopal had Monday moved the high court seeking anticipatory bail, apprehending arrest by police. He has alleged that the case had been foisted on him.

In Pollachi, almost all shops and other commercial establishments Tuesday downed shutters in support of a call given by various organisations seeking a court-monitored probe into the harassment case.

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