Daily briefing: CBI searches Sisodia’s residence; mystery of missing files at Tripura HQ; Dobaara reviews

Start your weekend with the top 5 stories from today’s edition: CBI raid on Sisodia’s residence sparks political storm; mystery of missing files at Tripura Police HQ; what to watch this weekend; and more.

1) Tensions between the BJP-run center and Delhi’s AAP government erupted after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence was among 31 locations Wanted by the CBI in connection with a case filed against him and other officials over alleged irregularities in the deployment of the Delhi government alcohol policy recently withdrawn.

🔴 Here is what Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi and National Head of AAP had to say: “Delhi’s model of education and health is being discussed around the world. They want to stop him. That is why they are raiding and arresting our Ministers of Education and Health. For the past 75 years, anyone who has tried to work has been arrested.

🔴 Not the first time: Sisodia is not the first PAA leader to be investigated by the CBI. The raid at his residence on Friday followed a series of investigations the central agency has launched against AAP ministers and their aides in various cases since 2015. In a number of those cases so far, the CBI filed charges, even as the agency also dropped several cases for lack of evidence.

🔴 What’s on Sisodia’s plate: Since the arrest of Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Sisodia, who already held the main portfolios of the departments of finance, education, excise and public works, was given responsibility for 22 departments, including the health, housing, electricity and tourism. In the coming months, he is expected to lead, shape and execute several crucial projects, including Rozgaar’s budget and an ambitious street scaling project.

2) On the night of Independence Day, when the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations were not yet over, official records were stolen highly secured police headquarters in Tripura, and many others damaged. The case was embarrassing enough for the Tripura Police and the BJP government. What followed is even more so, with varying versions of how many files were stolen, police giving different accounts of how many files were recovered and who the accused were, and the opposition wondering why.

3) This week, our columnist Ashutosh Varshney writes on two fundamental projects in India that have weakened – national integration and commitment to democracy in view of the 76th Independence Day.

4) Anecdotal evidence is mounting on a new surge in coronavirus infections – more people seem to be getting sick with Covid-19 than in the recent past. However, hardly anyone ends up in the hospital.

What does the data show? First, there has not been an exponential increase in the trajectory of active cases. On Friday, the number stood at 1,01,830 cases; this is slightly lower than the previous two weeks – active cases were 1,23,535 on August 12 and 1,35,364 on August 5. Second, the weekly positivity rate has not increased. On Friday, the weekly positivity rate stood at 3.90% compared to 4.88% reported last Friday (August 12).

Is the infection more widespread than official figures suggest? Clinicians say the spread of infection is much higher than the current positivity rate.

Must Read | Covid hospitalizations in Karnataka increase as cases rise

🍿 What to watch this weekend

5) This week, Review of Shubhra Gupta the latest Taapsee Pannu-featuring ‘Dobaara’: “’Dobaara’ sounds too jerky and confusing. As a result, it’s hard to keep track of the many things happening in the time zones the film slips into; the sketchily drawn characters continue to take tangents, the plot disappears and the film flattens out. And you can see the big reveal coming a mile away. (1.5⭐)

The Saturday Express Quiz

On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed an Indigenous person to the Supreme Court of Canada, a first for the nation’s highest court. Who is she?

  1. a) Michelle O’Bonsawin
  2. b) Sanna Marino
  3. c) Elsie Knott

(🤫 Pssst… the answer is in today’s edition of The Indian Express. Get it here)

Until next time,
Rahel Phillipose and Vidya Gowri

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