DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES SON TAKES OVER IN POLL-BOUND BIHAR TABLIGHI MATTER: GOVT SAYS CAN'T GAG Veteran Dalit leader, Minister with six PMs, Ram Vilas Paswan dies Freedom of speech most abused: SC; slams Govt for its ‘evasive’ affidavit ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 8 “FREEDOM OF speech and expression may be the most abused freedom in recent times,’’ the Supreme Court observed Thursday as it took exceptiontowhatitcalledan ‘‘evasive’’ affidavit filed by the Centre in response to a petition alleging discriminatorynewscoverageof the Tablighi Jamaat issue. ChiefJusticeofIndiaSABobde made this remark when Senior AdvocateDushyantDave,appear- ing for petitioner Jamiat-Ulamai-Hind which said the Tablighi issue was reported in such a manner that it spread communal hatred, submitted that the governmentaffidavitaccuseditoftryingtomuzzle freedomof speech. At this, the CJI said, “they are entitled to make any argument likeyoupeopleare.Thisfreedom of speech may be the most abusedfreedominrecenttimes". The bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, made evident its displeasure over the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Mumbai Police allege TRP fraud by Republic and 2 other channels 4 held, says Commissioner; Republic threatens criminal defamation MUMBAI, OCTOBER 8 MUMBAI POLICE on Thursday said they had busted a “racket” of “fradulent” manipulation of Television Rating Points (TRPs) involving three channels including Arnab Goswami's Republic TV. “Sofarthreechannelsincluding Republic, Fakt Marathi, and Box Cinema have been found to be indulging in such malpractices,” Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh said at a press conference. Four persons — the owners of the Fakt Marathi and Box CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E E X P L A I NE D MOHAMED THAVER What TRP ● data show TRPs CLAIM to show how many people, from which socio-economic categories, watched which channels for how long over a particular time period. TRP data are usually released weekly, and form the basis of claims by channels to being the “most watched”. EXPLAINED PAGE 15 `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 ‘I’M SPEAKING’ Kamala Harris and Mike Pence at the US vice-presidential debate, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, on Wednesday. “Mr Vice President, I’m speaking,” Harris said, when Pence interrupted her. Pence let her finish. Reuters REPORT,PAGE13 Pelting stones, egging on mob: Delhi govt flags ‘police complicity’ videos Delhi Police says analysing two clips, taken action on one SOURAV ROY BARMAN NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 8 ON OCTOBER 5, the Delhi Government's Home Departmentflaggedasetofseven videoclipstotheDelhiPolicethat include two of policemen pur- BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY portedly throwing bricks alongside rioters and egging them on during the Northeast Delhi riots. A third shows policemen purportedly making five injured men,lyingontheground,singthe national anthem. Two days later, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East) has replied that action has been taken on three of the videos, while the rest “are being analysed and report regarding the same will be submitted in due course of time after ascertaining location, and exact date and time". CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 50 yrs in public life, blending principle with realpolitik RAVISH TIWARI & MANOJ CG NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 8 “Rashtrapatikabetahoyachaprasi ka ho santaan, Birla ya garib ka beta, sabki shiksha ek samaan (Whetherit'sthePresident'sson orthesonof apeon,Birla'ssonor that of the poor, all should get equal education).” RamVilasPaswanlikedtorecite these lines, which he had picked up when he started his political career — they were part of a socialist slogan used by the then Samyukta Socialist Party (SSP). And the passion with CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAM VILAS PASWAN 1946-2020 Weathervane who worked for Dalits, friends across divide COOMI KAPOOR NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 8 RAM VILAS PASWAN’S fellow Bihar politician Lalu Prasad Yadav once angrily called him a Mausam Vaigyanik (weathervane) since Paswan had the uncanny knack of sniffing out the winning side in politics. Because of his shrewd political judgment, Paswan had an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Accused claims he was friends with Hathras teen, J&K L-G visits families of labourers killed family denies they beat her in Shopian, assures ‘justice at all costs’ JIGNASA SINHA & AMIL BHATNAGAR NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 8 THE FOUR men accused in the Hathras assault and gangrape case have written to the Hathras Superintendent of Police, claiming they are “innocent” and that the 19-year-old woman was beaten up by her brother and mother on September 14, the day of the incident. The19-year-oldDalitwoman had died 15 days after the incident, for which the four upper caste men have been booked. In a statement recorded before a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, OCTOBER 8 IN A visible outreach effort, Jammu & Kashmir Lt Governor ManojSinhawalkedoverhalf-akilometre across mountainous terrain to meet the family members of the three Rajouri labour- Manoj Sinha with the family members in Rajouri. Express ers who were killed in a fake encounter by the Army in Shopian on July 18 this year. "Rest assured, you will get justice at all costs," the Lt Governor told the grieving familieswhohadgatheredatTarkasi village in Rajouri district, at the house of Mohammad Yusuf, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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