KOCHI l THURSDAY l OCTOBER 01, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 18 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’ 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 | P11 ■ Oct 15 SPARKS FLY OVER COVID MANAGEMENT ■ 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 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 BABRI CASE: ADVANI, 31 OTHERS ACQUITTED Trial court finds no plot to demolish the structure, claims it was spontaneous; blames it on anti-social elements; slams CBI CBI failed to follow basic norms for presenting proof REASONING FOR ACQUITTAL OF THE BIGGIES 1 L K Advani No evidence to show that he instigated the crowd and raised slogans K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi 2 SIGH OF RELIEF FOR SAFFRON LEADERSHIP 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 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. N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow AN 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 corroborative 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 Gang-rape victim in Hathras denied dignity even in death N A M I TA B A J PA I & S O M R I TA G H O S H @ Lucknow / New Delhi AFTER the horrific brutality that the gang-rape victim from Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh suffered when alive, the 19-year-old was denied dignity even in death by the Uttar Pradesh Police. The Dalit girl, who died at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on Tuesday, was forcibly cremated early Wednesday by Hathras police amid their claims to the contrary As the police . action sparked a massive public outrage, the Yogi Adityanath government ordered an SIT probe and vowed that no culprit would be spared. Following the girl’s death, her younger brother and father were made to wait for hours before they could head back to their village Boolgarhi in Hathras. 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 villagers said. The family including the , mother, elder brother and father, said they pleaded 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 submitted, which was mandatory “Anti-social . elements brought down the structure. The accused leaders tried to stop these people,” said the special judge. Full coverage on P8, 9 EXPRESS READ LIFE: Vigilance registers case Kochi: Close on the heels of the state government approaching the High Court against the CBI probe into the LIFE Mission scam, the Vigilance registered a case and submitted an FIR in the Vigilance Court in T’Puram based on the preliminary probe report. P4 Shareholders oust Dhanlaxmi Bank CEO Police personnel inspect the area after a protest against the UP government over the death of a 19-year-old woman who was gangraped two weeks ago, in UP’s Hathras district on Wednesday | PTI with the cops to allow them to take their daughter home before cremating her. But the police “forced” them to complete the last rites immediately . “When my father reached Hathras, he was immediately taken to the cremation ground by the police,” the victim’s brother said. The body was cremated around 3 am by the police despite the fact that cremations usually don’t take place at night. The district police and administration refuted the allegations. Hathras SP Vikrant Veer denied any “urgency” by the police. Magistrate Praveen Kumar Lakshakar said the family’s claims were false while joint magistrate Prem Prakash Meena claimed last rites were performed with the family’s cooperation. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to CM Yogi Adityanath and called for strictest action against the culprits. The state government set up a three-member SIT to probe the incident. The CM announced a financial assistance of `25 lakh for the P10 family . New Delhi: Shareholders of Dhanlaxmi Bank ousted MD and CEO Sunil Gurbaxani, little over seven months after he assumed charge of the lender. The development came a day after the RBI appointed its GM D K Kashyap on the board of the bank for two years. P12 MURALI NOT KEEN ON ASSEMBLY SEAT K Muraleedharan, MP, denies eyeing an assembly seat, lists out the three Congress front-runners for CM post and speaks much more in an interview. P4 18 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH Sandeep to confess, 5 nat’l agencies wait T O B Y A N T O N Y @ Kochi SANDEEP Nair, a key accused in the smuggling of gold through the diplomatic channel, has agreed to confess before the NIA Court voluntarily. His confession statement will be a crucial evidence for not just the NIA but also four other agencies, including the CBI which is probing the violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) in the LIFE Mission project. For, Sandeep knew the modus operandi behind the smuggling and financial transactions. Also, a CBI officer said the kickback for awarding `20-crore worth of housing project under LIFE Mission was transferred by Unitac Builders to Sandeep’s account and it was through him that Unitac became familiar with Swapna Suresh, another gold smuggling accused. The NIA Court, which examined Sandeep – the fourth accused who is in Vi- yyur Central Jail – via videoconferencing on Wednesday, allowed his petition expressing willingness to give a confession statement. The Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate Court (CJMC) will assign a magistrate to record his statement under CrPC Section 164. The NIA said it will approach the CJMC. While examining Sandeep, the NIA Court told him that there was no guarantee that he will be made approv- er or granted a pardon and that his statement will be used as evidence. Sources in the NIA said only after examining his statement will the NIA take a call on making him an approver. “He volunteered to record his statement. Usually, we approach the court to record the statement under CrPC Section 164 if any person is to be made an approver in a case. However, even if he is not made an approver, Sandeep’s statement will be used as evidence,” said a ● More on P4 source. To prove an offence under Section 153 A and 153 A of IPC, 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 an inciting speech, only on that basis the person cannot be pronounced guilty. S K Yadav, CBI Special Judge 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 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. Besides, negatives of photographs were not submitted. “All the speeches, clippings of newspapers which were not testified, photographs don’t show an iota of evidence that the accused persons hatched the conspiracy together,” the judge concluded. He said, the recordings of slogans raised by a specific accused did not correlate with the voice samples of that person. On the claim 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. Cinema theatres can open from October 15 The Centre on Wednesday issued new guidelines for reopening activities WHAT IS ALLOWED Cinemas/ theatres/ multiplexes with up to Business to Business exhibitions Swimming pools for training of sportspersons Entertainment parks and similar places SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES 50% seating capacity State/UT govts can take a decision after October 15 in a graded manner (Detailed guidelines later) KERALA CASE DIARY 8,830 63,682 3,536 67,061 23 FRESH CASES SAMPLES TESTED RECOVERIES ACTIVE CASES DEATHS
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