Daily Briefing: Aryan Khan bail plea today; Disha Ravi probe; and more

Top news today: Aryan Khan bail hearing today; Disha Ravi toolkit case probe; new IPL franchises; Uttar Pradesh election campaign.

Here's the top news on January 2, 2022

Good morning,

The Big Story

The Bombay High Court will hear Aryan Khan’s bail petition in the drugs case on Tuesday. A day before, a special NDPS court in Mumbai refused to pass a blanket order barring authorities from taking cognizance of an affidavit of an independent witness, who accused the NCB Director and others of trying to extort money from Khan. The NCB has initiated a vigilance inquiry against the Director, who flew to Delhi last night.

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The probe into the case against climate activist Disha Ravi, who was arrested in February in connection with a toolkit on the farmer protests, has come to a standstill. With neither Google nor Zoom responding to queries by investigators, the police will most likely not file a chargesheet against Ravi, but file a closure report in the case.

Caught in the midst of a slugfest between former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and Congress leaders, Pakistan journalist Aroosa Alam said she was “extremely disappointed and disgusted with Punjab Congress politicians” and would “never come back to India” as she was “hurt and heartbroken”.

Teams at the T20 World Cup have been taking the knee after the International Cricket Council offered them the opportunity to show their support against racism and discrimination. There was no directive in this regard, leaving it to team management to decide. India took the knee before the start of their match against Pakistan on Sunday.

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Removing the bullet-proof frame around the podium, Union Home Minister Amit Shah Monday spoke his “mann ki baat” in a public meeting in Srinagar. He said that if talks on J&K have to be held, he will speak to “my brothers and sisters in the Valley, and the youth in the Valley”.

Lucknow and Ahmedabad are the two new franchises in IPL, the former becoming the most-valued side so far. The Sanjiv Goenka-led RPSG Group will be guarding IPL’s northern outpost after shelling out Rs 7,090 crore, while private equity firm Irelia Company Pte Ltd (CVC Capital Partners) forked out Rs 5,625 crore to head west and make the world’s biggest cricket stadium at Motera their home.

In a rare reunion, the CoWIN portal for registration of Covid-19 vaccination has helped a family locate their son who went missing in 2018 from Surat. The 23-year-old was located in Bengaluru, with the help of information on the portal about the vaccination centre where he had taken the Covid vaccine.

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What is the harassment of Aryan Khan really about? In an opinion column, Pratap Bhanu Mehta writes, “The point is not to say that Aryan Khan is equal before the law; the point is to say, ‘We can make life miserable even for Aryan Khan’. First, it sends a signal, to create a generalised climate of fear, where everyone feels vulnerable. Second, there is an ideological war on a constructed ‘Muslimness’.

Outreach events targeting youth and women, a rising social media presence, spotlight on leaders other than the party chief, an eye on Ayodhya — and a “promise” to learn from the past. Pushed to the electoral margins over the last decade, Mayawati’s BSP is going all out with a revamped approach in the run-up to the Uttar Pradesh elections.

The law is settled that marriage is a term associated with a biological man and a biological woman, the Centre argued Monday before the Delhi High Court. The court was hearing petitions seeking recognition and registration of same-sex marriages under existing laws. The final hearing in the case is on November 30.

And Finally…

Using a cobra as a “murder weapon”, a 54-year-old man in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district staged his own death by killing a destitute man in order to claim a $5 million life insurance policy with a US-based insurance firm. However, the plot unraveled and police arrested the accused and four of his accomplices.

Delhi Confidential: Youri Djorkaeff, the CEO of FIFA Foundation, paid a visit to Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Monday, and discussed with him measures to encourage football at the grassroots level and to expand it with more tournaments in India. After the meeting, Djorkaeff displayed his football skills in the lawns of Thakur’s residence.

Until tomorrow,

Leela Murali

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