KOZHIKODE l SUNDAY l SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l CITY EDITION US OPEN FINAL: HERE-&-NOW MOMENT FOR ZVEREV, THIEM Austria’s Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev of Germany will face-off in the men’s US Open final on Monday (1.30 AM). DOMINIC THIEM FINALLY, A NEW CHAMP SINCE 2014 A BRAVE YOUNG WORLD Sunday’s final will see a first-time Grand Slam champion for the first time since Croatian Marin Cilic won at Flushing Meadows in 2014. It also means there will be a Grand Slam champion other than Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer for the first time since Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka won the third of his tennis majors at the US Open in 2016. ■ LEXANDER ZVEREV ■ If Thiem knocked out Daniil Medvedev in straight sets, Zverev had to dig deep to defeat Carreno Busta. This will be Thiem’s fourth Major final appearance, while Zverev’s first. Laura Siegemund (GER) and Vera Zvonareva (RUS) won the women’s doubles, defeating China’s Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar. 3-0 THIEM’S HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD OVER ZVEREV IN GRAND SLAMS. 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 Amid protests, CPM stands with Jaleel Judges’ freedom of speech is curtailed by the same laws which prevent people from saying whatever they feel like, against judiciary Oppn parties take to streets demanding the minister’s ouster, CPM describes it as vilification campaign Chief Justice S A Bobde EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram CUSTOMS DEPT TO QUESTION JALEEL A DAY after the Enforcement Directorate questioned Minister K T Jaleel in connection with its wide-ranging probe into gold smuggling case, the state on Saturday saw highvoltage protests by Opposition parties seeking his ouster. The state capital here was the epicentre of the protests which saw workers of Opposition parties and their youth and student outfits fighting pitched battles with police, braving water cannon, tear gas shells and lathicharge. Besides, protests demanding Jaleel’s ouster from the Cabinet tur ned violent in Kozhikode, Alappuzha, Thrissur and Pathanamthitta, The Opposition is likely to intensify its agitation with its ire turning to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for not asking his tainted Cabinet colleague to resign. Even as Opposition UDF and the BJP intensified protests demanding K T Jaleel’s resignation, the CPM leadership rallied behind the minister. On Saturday the party politburo, state secretariat and a couple of ministers came out defending Jaleel. Terming opposition charges politicially motivated, the CPM chose to attack the Enforcement Directorate. The CPM termed ‘unusual’ the action by the ED chief who went public with the fact that Jaleel had been interrogated. “The Congress has once Kochi: After ED, Customs is planning to summon K T Jaleel for interrogation. According to the department, by accepting copies of the Quran imported by the UAE Consulate after availing duty exemption, the higher education minister has also violated Customs norms. JALEEL WILL GET AMPLE SUPPORT FROM PINARAYI Police try to disperse Yuva Morcha workers after their protest march to the Secretariat, demanding resignation of Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel, turned violent on Saturday | VINCENT PULICKAL again proved that it’s the B team of the BJP It was the Con. gress which alleged that the BJP has been using probe agencies like the ED for political reasons,” the party said and listed out a number of instances when Congress leaders were questioned on various cases. The UDF has been unleashing violence to divert attention from the jewellery scam involving Muslim League M C Kamaruddin, MLA, the secretariat said. CPM general secretary Sitaram Yecury came out defending the government and alle ged that the agitations against the LDF government are being done with an eye on the upcoming polls. The polit- The people are wondering whether Pinarayi is terrified of Jaleel who is widely perceived as guilty. Jaleel ought to introspect whether it is a good thing to continue in office, irrespective of Pinarayi’s support Ramesh Chennithala, Opposition leader Delhi riots: Cops name Yechury and Yogendra co-conspirators EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi DELHI Police has filed a supplementary chargesheet in the Delhi riots case, naming CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury Swaraj Abhiyan , leader Yogendra Yadav, economist Jayati Ghosh, DU professor Apoorvanand, and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy as co-conspirators. Some of those named have also been charged with asking the protesters to go to ‘any extreme’, spreading ‘discontent’ in the community by calling CAA/NRC anti-Muslim, and organising demonstrations to malign the image of the government. The police said the names are part of the disclosure statement of one of the accused in connection with organising and addressing the Anti-CAA protests. “A person is not arraigned as an accused only on the basis of disclosure statement...,” said the police in a statement. These things are being done with a view of the upcoming assembly polls. The UDF and the BJP, which is interested in destabilising all non-BJP governments in the country, are indulging in such vilification campaigns Sitaram Yechury, CPM gen secy PERIYA MURDER: STATE IN SC TO STOP CBI PROBE P R A M D A S @ Kochi CHALLENGING the Kerala High Court verdict ordering a CBI probe into the brutal murder of two Youth Congress workers --- Kripesh and Sarathlal --- at Periya, Kasaragod, the state government has informed the Supreme Court that the case did not fall under the category of ‘rare and exceptional cases’ that necessitate a CBI probe. The state government filed a Special Leave Petition on Saturday seeking to set aside the Kerala High Court’s order. Meanwhile, the parents of the deceased youths said they would file a caveat before the SC seeking fair hearing before deciding the matter. Meanwhile, the Kerala Government’s persistent efforts to block a CBI probe into the Periya double murder case has been condemned by political opponents and critics. When Kerala has eminent lawyers like Advocate General C P Sudhakara Prasad, the government brought former solicitor general Ranjith Kumar and senior Supreme Court lawyer Maninder Singh to appear for the state before the division bench. The government has spent around `88 lakh to oppose a CBI probe into the gruesome murder. The Congress allege that the government is bent on keeping away the CBI as the CPM fears that the role of their leaders ● More on P5 will be exposed. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi Privatise PSU banks, says Panagariya The Centre must unleash financial sector reforms as soon as the pandemic ebbs, former Niti Aayog vicechairman Arvind Panagariya said on Saturday Making a strong case . for radical changes in the way stateowned banks are run, he said, “I think financial sector reforms are very critical, within which, I would go and privatise most of the public sector banks.” Psycho assessment casts doubt on probe A J AY K A N T H @ Kochi THE Crime Branch’s (CB) decision to submit the psychological assessment report of the Class IV student of the Palathayi school in the High Court, even after the medical examination repor t confir med sexual abuse on her, did raise many eyebrows. Even more surprising were some of the findings of the team --- like the girl has “fantasising behaviour” and “the habit of telling lies”. That brought buro is of the view that the Enforcement Directorate had only gathered information from the minister and that was part of nor mal le g al procedure. Yechury accused the UDF and the BJP of resorting to a vilification campaign. Ministers M M Mani and Kadakampally Surendran too supported their P4 embattled colleague. PALATHAYI WHO MESSED UP? PART-III the credibility of the probe into question. The CB, which said the psychological assessment report was prepared by government counsellors after sitting with the victim for a few days, made the submis- sion before the High Court in response to a petition filed by the victim’s mother seeking to set aside the bail granted to the accused. Not all experts feel it was necessary. “In an incident of child sexual abuse, which is validated by an expert’s medical examination, the possibility of fantasy can’t be considered. The concept of fantasy as an explanation in the child sex abuse situation itself is debatable,” said renowned psychiatrist ● More on P5 Dr C J John. T’Puram: The BJP has alleged that K T Jaleel benefited from the money that was donated as flood relief to various religious and charity organisations in the state from abroad. “Crores of rupees were donated,” said BJP state president K Surendran. EXPRESS READ 5 ‘missing’ Arunachal youths handed over by PLA to Army Itanagar: Five youths who were allegedly abducted by the People’s Liberation Army of China in Arunachal Pradesh were released on Saturday in Anjaw district, around 1,000km away. Amazon, Flipkart to be fined for excessive plastic packaging New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board to conduct an audit and recover fine from Amazon and Flipkart for violation of environmental norms. In a video chat with TNIE Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla and e c o n o m i s t Shankkar Aiyar, Pa n a g a r i ya e x pressed deep concer ns about the state of India’s financial sector, saying the country entered the pandemic with weaknesses in its financial market. P10 States gasp to fill up oxygen stock as Covid cases surge New Delhi: With India’s single-day Covid-19 tally set to hit the 1-lakh mark, availability of oxygen for medical use has become the latest worry for the Centre and states, particularly those where the cases are still surging. Struggling to meet the rising demand from hospitals for Covid patients, some states are resorting to measures like capping the use of oxygen for industrial purposes and restricting inter-state supply. Maharashtra, MP and Punjab are among the states facing oxygen shortage while almost the states have seen a big increase in demand. Two senior-most SC judges flag social media slander and ‘juicy gossips’ against judiciary @ New Delhi JALEEL BENEFITED FROM FLOOD RELIEF FUND, SAYS BJP Justice N V Ramana Judges victims of unfair criticism: Bobde, Ramana EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE T’Puram: Despite the Opposition clamour, the UDF leadership is convinced that he will continue to get ample backing from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. With the assembly polls due in a couple of months, the Opposition believes the government will do everything in its power to avert Jaleel’s ouster. Judges themselves restrain from speaking in their own defence and they are now being construed as a soft target for criticism JUDGES have become soft targets of slanderous social media posts and “juicy gossips” in the garb of criticism, Supreme Court judge N V Ramana said on Saturday . “As judges are self-restrained from speaking out in their own defence, they are now being construed as soft targets for criticism,” said Justice Ramana, who is next in line to become the Chief Justice of India April 2021 after incumbent S A Bobde retires. Concurring with Justice Ramana, CJI Bobde said the freedom of speech of judges “is curtailed by the same laws which prevent people from saying whatever they feel like, adverse to the independence of the judiciary”. They were speaking at the launch of a book authored by Justice R Banumathi, former Supreme Court judge. WITH THIS ISSUE Bobde said the importance of an independent judiciary is not limited to independence from executive powers, but from other pressures and prejudices as well. “Judicial independence is not for the personal benefit of judges, but for the nature of power vested with the judiciary he noted. ,” Justice Ramana said there seems to be a misconception that judges lead a luxurious life. “From my own experience, I can state that the life of a judge is not a bed of roses,” he said, adding the reality is quite different from what people comprehend. He highlighted the self-imposed restrictions judges follow in their social life to remain independent. “I believe judgeship in the present day requires sacrifices unparalleled in any other profession, and the same is required to be made as the country’s future is dependent on strong independent judges,” he remarked. PLUS 12 PAGES THE SHOW MUST GO ON
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