KOCHI l SUNDAY l SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l LATE 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 title decider on Monday (1.30 AM) DOMINIC THIEM FINALLY, A NEW CHAMP SINCE 2014 A BRAVE YOUNG WORLD The 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 ■ ALEXANDER 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 CPM shields under-fire Jaleel Oppn parties take to streets demanding the minister’s ouster, CPM describes it as vilification campaign EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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 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 turned 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. P6 HE HAS NO MORAL RIGHT TO REMAIN IN OFFICE: UDF 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 Congress 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 alleged that the agitations against the LDF government are being done with an eye on the upcoming polls. The politburo is of 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 , accusing them of “provoking and mobilising” anti-CAA protesters. According police officials, the names were mentioned in a statement narrated by one of the accused and a member of P i n j r a To d , a w o m e n ’ s collective. However, the police clarified that a person is not arraigned as an accused only on the basis of a disclosure statement. “It is only on the existence of sufficient corroborative evidence does further legal action is taken. The matter is currently subjudice,” said the police in a statement. the view that the Enforcement Directorate had only gathered information from the minister and that was part of normal legal procedure. Yechury accused the UDF and the BJP of resorting to a vilification campaign. Ministers M M Mani and Kadakampally Surendran too supported their embattled colleague. P6 These things are being done with an eye on 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 vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya said on Saturday Making a strong . case for radical changes in the way state-owned 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.” T’Puram: UDF convener Benny Behanan, MP, has said that Jaleel will cling to power as long as he has the backing of Pinarayi. “The UDF is firm in its demand that Jaleel should step down as he has got no moral right to continue. Pinarayi does not want to see his ministry facing another loss of face,” he said. BJP: MIN BENEFITED FROM FLOOD RELIEF 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 to Army by PLA 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 economist Shankkar Aiyar, Panagariya expressed deep concerns about the state of India’s financial sector, saying the country entered the pandemic with weaknesses in its financial market. P10 Psycho assessment raises eyebrows States gasp to fill up oxygen cylinders as Covid cases surge PALATHAYI 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 all the states have seen a big increase in demand. 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 Chief Justice S A Bobde NORMS VIOLATION: CUSTOMS DEPT TO QUESTION JALEEL @ T’Puram 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. Judges’ freedom of speech is curtailed by the same laws which prevent people from saying whatever they feel like, against judiciary Judges themselves restrain from speaking in their own defence and they are now being construed as a soft target for criticism Justice N V Ramana Judges victims of unfair criticism: Bobde, Ramana Two senior-most SC judges flag social media slander and ‘juicy gossips’ against judiciary EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi 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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