KOCHI l MONDAY l SEPTEMBER 07, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 30 l LATE CITY EDITION SMALL POSITIVE GROWTH LIKELY IN FY21: RANGARAJAN Despite lockdown, agri and essential goods/services were fully operational in Q1, ex-RBI governor C Rangarajan said ABOVE-PAR PERFORMANCE NOT RULED OUT FOREIGN INVESTMENT ANOTHER FACTOR Rangarajan and EY India chief policy advisor D K Srivastava in a paper stated though many have projected a sharp GDP contraction in 2020-21, there are reasons to believe the outcome may be much better. “Agriculture and related sectors, public administration and defence services may perform normally or better than normal,” the paper said ■ ■ Given the current geopolitical situation, Central and state governments have become more active in attracting investment from abroad, which could push growth, the paper noted It added reforms in corporate tax rates in 2019-20 will also facilitate the relocation of various production platforms to India -23.9% RECORD CONTRACTION IN INDIA’S GDP GROWTH IN Q1 OF FY21 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Ambulance driver rapes Covid patient in Aranmula, triggers public outrage K E S A V A N A N D A B H A R AT I S R I PA D A G A LV A R U DECEMBER 9, 1940 — SEPTEMBER 6, 2020 Seer who saved Constitution’s basic structure EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Aranmula/ T’Puram ON a day Kerala registered its highest single-day Covid case count, public outrage rang loud across the state after it came to light that a 108 ambulance driver raped a 19-yearold Covid patient at Aranmula in the early hours of Sunday . While the driver was arrested within hours of the incident, the State Human Rights Commission ordered a probe after registering a case suo motu and the Opposition tore into the health department and the government over the lapse in protocol. His appeal against Kerala govt’s attempts to take over part of his mutt’s land created a landmark case law, though he lost the suit G EO R G E P O I KAY I L A N D KA N U SA R DA @ Kasaragod / New Delhi KESAVANANDA Bharati Sripadagalvaru, the Hindu seer whose petition in the Supreme Court led to the judgment that Parliament cannot alter the fundamental structure of the Constitution, died at his mutt in Kasaragod on Sunday . Bharati, the pontiff of Edneer Mutt, died of heart ailment at 12.40 am, said his former manager and legal advisor I V Bhat. He was 79. A week ago, Bharati was admitted to a hospital in Mangaluru. “He had a condition in his heart valve and the doctors advised surgery But he returned . to his mutt saying he could not stay away from the daily rituals,” said Bhat. Bharati’s nephew Jayarama Manjathaya, anointed as the new seer of Edneer Mutt, led the funeral rites. Bharati was interred in the mutt on Sunday , following the Covid protocol. The seer had become a beacon of constitutional rights and found a place in law school syllabus when he challenged the constitutionality of the Kerala government’s Land Reforms Act in the SC in 1970. He lost the case, but his writ petition led to the adoption of the landmark Basic Structure Doctrine. The apex court ruled that Parliament cannot alter the fundamental structure of the Constitution. The verdict involved 13 judges — the largest bench ever to sit in the apex court till date. The case was heard for 68 days and continues to hold the top spot for the longest proceedings ever to have taken place in SC. The Ayodhya land dispute case is the closest case in terms of longest day-to-day hearing. It’s also the most cited constitutional case in Indian constitutional law. Bharati had contended the land reforms law by the government was an attempt to impose restrictions on the management of the mutt’s property, which was the only source of income for his ashram. While the landmark judgment did not offer individual relief to the seer, the top court by a 7:6 majority judgment ruled that the basic structure of the Constitution was inviolable and could not be amended by Parliament. The basic structure doctrine has formed the basis of the Indian judiciary’s power to strike down amendments to the Constitution by Parliament, which are in conflict with or seek to alter this principle. Noted legal luminary, Nani Palkhiwala, who appeared for Bharati in the SC, never met or spoke with the petitioner, as per the “Courtroom Genius”, a biography of Palkhivala. The three Constitutional amendments, challenged in the Bharati case, were passed by the Indira Gandhi government to overcome the apex court’s 1967 judgment in the Golak Nath case that ruled Parliament could not amend fundamental rights, including the Right to Property . But there was more to Kesavananda Bharati than the landmark case. He took over the reins of the mutt at the age of 19 in 1968. By then, he was a We will always remember Pujya Kesavananda Bharati Ji for his contributions towards community service and empowering the downtrodden. He was deeply attached to India’s rich culture and our great Constitution. He will continue to inspire generations SPLIT VERDICT The SC by a 7:6 majority judgment ruled that the basic structure of the Constitution cannot be amended by Parliament. The majority opinion was delivered by Chief Justice S M Sikri and Justices K S Hegde, A K Mukherjea, J M Shelat, A N Grover, P Jaganmohan Reddy, and H R Khanna. Justices A N Ray, D G Palekar, K K Mathew, M H Beg, S N Dwivedi, and Y V Chandrachud dissented Single-day cases cross 3k-mark In the biggest single-day spike, Kerala recorded 3,082 Covid-19 cases on Sunday 22,676 active cases in the state LONGEST HEARD CASE The case of Kesavananda Bharati vs State of Kerala was heard for 68 days and continues to hold the top spot for the longest proceedings ever to have taken place in the Supreme Court. The Ayodhya land dispute case is the closest case in terms of longest day-to-day hearing trained Carnatic classical singer, Yakshagana vocalist and an educationalist, said BJP’s Kasaragod district president K Shreekanth. “The mutt lost more than 300 acres because of the Land Reforms Act. Yet, he recently gave 28 cents to the government to build a school at Edneer,” he said. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu condoled the seer’s death. P5 JOSE TO ACT TOUGH KC(M) would ask the Speaker to disqualify party P J Joseph and Mons Joseph for violating the party whip in the assembly, said Jose K Mani. P5 Mar Paul Chittilappilly passes away at 86 Kozhikode: Former bishop of Thamarassery diocese Mar Paul Chittilappilly, 86, passed away here on Sunday, following a cardiac arrest. P5 Five youths in PLA custody, says Rijiju WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 30 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) RAINY DAYS ARE BACK 1 Heavy rain lashed various parts of the state under the influence of a well-marked lowpressure area over the Arabian Sea 2 IMD has forecast widespread rain with isolated heavy showers, thunderstorms and lightning across the state for the next few days 3 A yellow alert has been sounded in Malabar, owing to the warning of isolated heavy showers on Monday With heavy rain lashing the state again, roads in low-lying areas are waterlogged. A scene from Jew Street near Padma Junction in Kochi on Sunday | ARUN ANGELA | P7 POLL READY Kunhalikutty returns to state politics V I S H N U P R A S A D K P @Malappuram PUTTING an end to months of suspense, Malappuram MP and Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) national general secretary P K Kunhalikutty is returning to state politics, eyeing the deputy chief minister’s post if the UDF wins the assembly elections next year. Party state president Panakkad Sayed Hyderali Shihab Thangal announced Kunhalikutty’s re-entry into state politics after the League’s highpower committee meeting held here on Sunday . Thangal said Kunhalikutty would lead the party in the upcoming elections in the state, considering the big wins the party secured in the previous elections, including the Manjeshwar byelection held in October 2019, when he was entrusted with the election responsibilities. IUML is the second biggest ally in Will ensure strict action, says health minister Terming the incident extremely disheartening and unfortunate, Minister K K Shailaja said the health department will conduct an inquiry and ensure strict action to prevent similar incidents in the future. KERALA CASE DIARY Narendra Modi, Prime Minister EXPRESS READ Guwahati: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Sunday virtually confirmed that the five “abducted” Arunachal Pradesh youth were in the custody of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). P9 The commission has sought Centres. However, only the paa report from State Police tient and the driver were preChief Loknath Behera and the sent in the ambulance in this health secretary within case and it is a serious 15 days on the action lapse,” the commission taken against the drivpointed out. er. “The rape occurred The police said the in a 108 ambulance and accused, Noufal, 29, of it is mandatory that Panakkachirayil, Kayhealthcare workers amkulam south, raped should be present along the girl after he was Noufal with Covid-19 patients tasked with transportwhile taking them to hospitals ing two female patients — who or Covid First-Line Treatment tested positive on Saturday — the Congress-led UDF. Kunhalikutty had vacated Vengara assembly seat to contest the Lok Sabha polls in 2017. Though Thangal did not say anything about Kunhalikutty’s candidature in the assembly polls, it is likely that the senior leader will contest from Vengara if everything falls into place. The deputy CM position for Kunhalikutty will only be a matter of formality if the UDF topples the Left, sources said. ● More on P7 2,196 2,844 347 recovered on Sunday local spread cases deaths Isaac tests +ve Finance Minister Thomas Isaac tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday. The minister was subjected to an antigen test after he felt uneasiness in the afternoon. He was shifted to the Thiruvananthapuram Govt MCH later. P2 from the Adoor general hospital. While the 19-year-old was to be taken to a CFLTC in Pandalam, a 42-year-old was directed to the district hospital in Kozhenchery . “After the older woman was admitted to the Kozhenchery district hospital around 1am, the driver parked the ambulance at an isolated place near Nalkkalikkal bridge on the way to the site for the abandoned airport project in Aranmula. The girl was raped after opening the back door of ambulance. Later he dropped her at Pandalam and drove off to the general hospital in Adoor,” a police officer said. ● More on P5 FRESH COVID-19 CASES SURGE PAST 90,000 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi INDIA’S fresh Covid-positive count kept going north, with a record 90,632 new cases reported on Sunday morning. The overall case tally crossed 4.13 million, which took it past Brazil as the country with the second highest coronavirus cases. According to the World Health Organisation, Brazil has 40.41 lakh infected people. On the positive side, as many as 31,80,865 people have recuperated so far, improving the national recovery rate to 77.32%. “For the second successive day India has clocked a re, cord recovery of more than 70,000 patients in a single day. 73,642 have recovered in the last 24 hours,” the Union health ministry said in its advisory .
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