TIRUCHY l THURSDAY l OCTOBER 01, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l LATE CITY EDITION DONALD TRUMP, JOE BIDEN CLASH IN BITTER PREZ DEBATE The first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday was marked by angry interruptions and bitter accusations LOW POINTS: ‘SHUT UP’, ‘CLOWN’, ‘RACIST’, ‘LIAR’ SPARKS FLY OVER COVID MANAGEMENT Moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, the debate saw 74-year-old Trump and his 77-year-old rival trade barbs about each other’s families. At one point, Biden lost his cool and shouted, “Will you shut up, man? This is so unpresidential,” calling him a liar, clown and racist. Trump returned the favour, saying Biden was so dumb that he graduated last in his class | P9 ■ ■ Biden accused Trump of having “no plan” to fight Covid-19, which has killed over 2 lakh Americans. Trump said everything is transparent in the US, while China and Russia hide actual data He said he wears mask “when needed” and mocked Biden for wearing it even when the occasion does not warrant doing so Oct 15 DATE OF 2ND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, FOLLOWED BY A 3RD ON OCTOBER 22 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 Last rites of gang-rape victim at dead of night. What’s happening in UP? REASONING FOR ACQUITTAL OF THE BIGGIES 1 L K Advani No evidence to show that he instigated the crowd and raised slogans 2 Murali Manohar Joshi No voice sample was submitted to show the speeches given were of the same person 3 Kalyan Singh No concrete evidence produced by the CBI to show his direct involvement in the case 4 Uma Bharti No evidence to show that speeches given by her hurt the religious sentiments of people at large 5 Vinay Katiyar No specific slogan was shown by the CBI to establish it was communal in nature 6 Sadhvi Ritambhara The CBI failed to produce original transcript of her speeches and didn’t even seal the tape recorder 7 Mahant Nritya Gopaldas The CBI did not mention any role of his in the chargesheet 8 Ram Vilas Vedanti The CBI did not mention any role describing his involvement in the chargesheet To prove an offence under Section 153 A and 153 A of IPC (Indian Penal Code), the prosecution has to prove that which accused gave what specific speech that led to enmity between two groups and led to a breakdown in communal harmony. If the accused have merely given a inciting speech, only on that basis the person cannot be pronounced guilty. S K Yadav, CBI Special Judge the judgement vindicates my personal and the BJP’s belief and commitment towards the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement L K Advani, BJP leader SIGH OF RELIEF FOR SAFFRON LEADERSHIP Leaders of the saffron fraternity, including (from left) L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Sakshi Maharaj, Sadhvi Ritambhara and Vinay Katiyar break into smiles after their acquittal by the trial court. The Opposition, however, called the verdict obnoxious, with the Congress saying it ran counter to the constitutional spirit DEC 6, 1992 ADVANI, OTHERS ACQUITTED IN BABRI CONSPIRACY CASE Trial court finds no plot to demolish the structure, claims it was spontaneous; blames it on anti-social elements; criticises the CBI for shoddy prosecution N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow A attempt to unravel the conspiracy to demolish the Babri masjid flew out of the window on Wednesday as , a special CBI court acquitted all 32 accused, including BJP biggies L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti, due to lack of conclusive evidence. Rejecting the criminal conspiracy theory, the court observed that the demolition of the 16th century mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 was spontaneous and not pre-planned. Reading out the operative portion of the 2,300-page judgment in five minutes, special judge S K Yadav observed that the CBI had failed to produce conclusive and enough cor roborative evidence against any of the accused to prove their complicity in the demolition. Implicating the CBI further, the judge held that the role of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, too, could not be proved by the evidence produced by the prosecution. “Even VHP leader late Ashok Singhal was trying to stop kar sevaks from demolishing the disputed structure because idol of Lord Ram was also inside it,” the judge said. He held that the CBI could not establish the role of any of the accused with supporting evidence during the proceedings. Judge Yadav said media reports and newspaper clippings produced by the prosecution could not be accepted as pieces of evidence as their original sources were not produced and proved. He said photos related to the incident produced by the prosecution, too, could not be relied upon as their negatives were not submit- ted, which was mandatory . The judge also observed that none of the locals of Ayodhya testified against any of the accused to prove that they incited the mob to demolish the structure at the disputed site. “Anti-social elements brought down the structure. The accused leaders tried to stop these people,” said the special judge. Pointing out that audio and video cassettes produced in the court by the prosecution were not sealed and even the videos were not clear, the verdict said they seemed to be fabricated and tampered with. The court observed that till noon everything was fine in Ayodhya on that fateful day Then some anti-so. cial elements started brick-batting from behind the Babri structure. “There is no evidence that the accused tied together in a common cause with with anti-social elements to bring down the structure. The leaders s e at e d n e a r t h e R a m Chabutra did not anticipate that a section of kar sevaks will get agitated and climb the disputed structure,” the judge said. The court also criticised the district administration for failing to act on intelligence reports on the presence of anti-social elements. The judge cited the statement of witness Anju Gupta, the then Ayodhya ASP, who was part of Advani’s security detail on December 6 1992. She had claimed that some ‘dacoits and criminals’ had mingled with the crowd of kar sevaks and had subsequently testified in court. Later, prosecution lawyer Lalit Singh said a decision on whether or not to challenge the verdict will be taken at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi after consultations with legal experts. CBI failed to follow basic norms for presenting proof K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi THE CBI ought to hold itself responsible for failing to follow even basic norms while bringing evidence on record, which led to the acquittal of all 32 accused in the Babri masjid demolition case. Special Judge S K Yadav in his 2,300-page ruling said photocopies and not originals of the statements made by some accused persons were submitted, which cannot be relied on. Also, audio cassettes were tampered with and not sealed. Besides, negatives of photographs were not submitted. “All the speeches, clippings of newspapers which were not testified, photographs doesn’t show an iota of evidence that the accused persons hatched the conspiracy together,” the judge concluded. Dissecting the submitted speeches, he said, the recordings of slogans raised by a specific accused did not correlate with the voice samples of that person. On the prosecution witnesses claiming that some of the accused raised the slogan ek dhakka aur do Babri masjid tod do (give one more push to demolish Babri masjid), no record or matching voice samples were presented, he pointed out. Regarding the statements submitted by the CBI, the verdict said the testimonies of the witnesses recorded under 161 CrPC and what was said in court do not match. Also, none of the witnesses took direct name of the accused persons, it added. MUMBAI After suffering a heartbreaking loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Super Over, Mumbai Indians would be looking to heal the scars with a win when they meet Kings XI Punjab on Thursday in Abu Dhabi. ODDS: KXIP 21/17 MI 7/10 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm UNEASY QUESTIONS Why did the police not hand over the body to the girl’s family in Delhi immediately after the autopsy? Why did they force the parents to do the last rites in the wee hours after reaching their village? Is it normal to cremate anybody after sundown among Hindus? Why was an exception made in her case? CONGRESS, LEFT STAGE PROTESTS Congress, Left and Bhim Army activists staged protests near the Uttar Pradesh Bhawan and India Gate in the national capital on Wednesday, demanding justice for the victim Hathras’ Nirbhaya has not died, she has been killed — by a ruthless government, by its administration and by the UP government’s ignorance Sonia Gandhi, Cong chief N A M I TA B A J PA I & S O M R I TA G H O S H @ Lucknow / New Delhi THE horrific gang-rape and murder of a Dalit girl in UP’s Hathras district turned into a massive controversy over the “forced” last rites of the victim early Wednesday amid police claims to the contrary. Facing massive public outrage and opposition criticism over the brutal rape and the police’s high-handedness, the Yogi Adityanath government ordered an SIT probe and later met the family . Following the 19-year-old’s death on Tuesday her young, er brother and father were made to wait for hours before they could head back to their village Boolgarhi in Hathras late at night. It was around 1 am when the police along with the body and the family reached the village. However, the police didn’t take the body to the house, her family and village sources said. The family, including the mother, elder brother and father, said they pleaded with the police to allow them to take their daughter home before cremating her. But the police “forced” them to finish the last rites immediately . “When my father reached Hathras, he was immediately taken to the cremation ground by the police,” the victim’s brother told the media. The body was cremated around 3 am by the police. The district police and administration refuted the allegations and police claimed that there was no pressure on OPS firm on forming steering committee? IPL TODAY PUNJAB Police personnel inspect the area after a protest against the state government over the death of a 19-yearold woman who was brutally gang-raped two weeks ago, in UP’s Hathras district on Wednesday | PTI E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai CLEANER CHENNAI Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami flagging off a fleet of waste management equipment at Island Grounds in Chennai on Wednesday. Spanish firm Urbaser Sumeet is all set to take over solid waste management in the city on an eight-year contract from Thursday | P4 Centre won’t breach borrowing target for 2020-21 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi DESPITE the prospects of low revenue collection as a fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic and bleak divestment proceeds, the Centre on Wednesday said it will not breach the market borrowing target of `12 lakh crore for the current financial year (2020-21). Therefore, the government will borrow only `4.34 lakh crore in the second half of 2020-21 as planned. In the first half, the Centre had borrowed `7.66 lakh crore. Explaining the rationale for sticking to the original borrowing plan, Tarun Bajaj , secretary De, partment of Economic Affairs (DEA), said the government expects revenue collection to improve going forward. “We don’t envisage the need for a higher borrowing. However, we are keeping some space for states and the private sector. We expect states to come and borrow from the market to meet their expenses. Besides we expect the private sector to also borrow in Q3 and Q4,” said Bajaj. The DEA secretary added that the government is working on revising the divestment target, but he refused to divulge any further details on the same. The borrowing for the second half, which is 36% of the FY21 target, will be conducted in 16 weekly tranches of `27,000 crore that will conclude in January, saving February and March for borrowing by states. According to experts, the finance ministry might announce another borrowing around November, when a stimulus package is expected to be announced. EVEN as discussions continued for the second day at the residences of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Wednesday, sources said the latter was firm on the formation of an 11-member steering committee to guide the affairs of the AIADMK. This, the sources added, was a decision taken when the factions led by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam merged three years ago. Former Minister Natham R Viswanathan, who held discussions with Palaniswami on Tuesday, called on Panneerselvam on Wednesday According to a senior . party functionary Panneerselvam , was very firm on forming the steering committee. He said Panneerselvam was shocked when a senior Minister, ignoring the formal agenda of the AIADMK executive committee meeting on September 28, suddenly spoke about deciding on a chief ministerial candidate. This triggered Panneerselvam to begin a discussion with Palaniswami. Later on Wednesday, Panneerselvam took part in a CMDA meeting. However, he did not go to the Secretariat. AIADMK deputy coordinator KP Munusamy and Manoj Pandian also met Panneerselvam. the family and that the last rites were performed by the victim’s kin. Hathras Superintendent of Police (SP) Vikrant Veer denied any “urgency” by the police in cremation despite the fact that a cremation usually does not take place at night. He said the cremation was done as usual after the body reached Boolgarhi village. He said the situation was calm in the villa g e with heavy police deployment. Hathras joint magistrate Prem Prakash Meena said the last rites were performed with the cooperation of the family. District magistrate Praveen Kumar Lakshakar said the claims made by the family were false. As the UP government and police came under fire from all quarters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to CM Yogi Adityanath and called for strictest punishment for the perpetrators. “We will take the case to a fast-track court and ensure strictest punishment for the perpetrators. The state government stands by the bereaved family,” said the CM, who spoke to the family via video-link and promised all help. The CM announced a financial assistance of `25 lakh for the family He promised a . government job to one of her family members and also a house through a government scheme in Hathras city . The state government has set up a three-member Special Investigation Team to probe the incident and submit its report within a week. Cinema theatres can open from October 15 The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued new guidelines for re-opening activities WHAT IS ALLOWED Cinemas/ theatres/ multiplexes with up to 50% seating capacity Business to Business exhibitions Swimming pools for training of sportspersons Entertainment parks and similar places (For these, detailed guidelines will be issued by the respective ministries later) SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES State / UT governments can take a decision after October 15 in a graded manner
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