AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, ` 3.00 FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Govt uses ‘adverse’ IB reports to reject names of 6 former judges for tribunals, commissions Two ex-Supreme Court judges, two High Court Chief Justices are among those rejected by ACC MANEESH CHHIBBER NEW DELHI, APRIL 20 GUJARAT BODY OF MISSING SARPANCH FOUND ARGUING OVER the Memorandum of Procedure, the Supreme Court has refused to agree to a Government veto on a judge’s appointment on grounds of national security. But as the faceoff continues, the Centre has used “secret” inputs provided by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to block post-retirement assignments to former judges. The Indian Express has learnt that over the last few months, citing “adverse IB reports,” the Centre has rejected the candidature of six former judges for posting as chairpersons or members of tribunals and commissions. The six include: two judges who recently retired from the Supreme Court; two who retired as Chief Justices of High Courts; and two former HC judges. These judges, it is learnt, were recommended by the judiciary for appointments to panels that include Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, Competition Appellate Tribunal, National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, National Company Law Tribunal and Armed Forces Tribunal. The judges’ names were sent for approval to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) after due diligence by the administrative ministry concerned. While four former judges were not cleared for the job by the ACC on grounds of “adverse IB reports,” two other names were sent back by the ACC without ascribing any reason. In the case of two of the nominees — both retired High Court judges — the fact that there was an “adverse” IB report about them has been recorded on file CBI FILES CHARGESHEET AGAINST TWO EX-ED OFFICIALS UP ATS arrests 4 for ‘anti-national activities’ Circumspection, My Lords By Kapil Sibal THE IDEAS PAGE, P9 States of inequality By N K Singh BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Pak court lets Sharif stay but orders a probe For 9 hours, ED questions Virbhadra on his assets A DAY after it declined to give an undertaking to the Delhi High Court that it would not arrest Virbhadra Singh, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister for over nine hours Thursday at its office in New Delhi. The questioning, which continued until 9.30 pm, was conducted in connection DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, APRIL 20 PAGE 5 THE EDITORIAL PAGE, P8 PANAMA VERDICT 3-2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MANISH SAHU PAGE 4 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM LUCKNOW, APRIL 20 THE UTTAR Pradesh AntiTerrorist Squad (ATS) said Thursday that it has arrested four persons for allegedly planning “anti-national activities”, following a joint operation involving police in six states. Three of those arrested are from UP, said officials. At least eight others — five from Bijnor and one from Shamli in UP, and two from Mumbra in Mumbai — have been detained for questioning, said officials. The joint operation comprised police from Maharashtra, Bihar, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh, apart from Maharashtra ATS and Delhi Police’s Special Cell. Officials said the arrests were made on information provided CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGE 7 Virbhadra Singh in New Delhi on Thursday. Renuka Puri with an alleged money laundering case against him. Singh arrived at the ED office in his official car, its beacon covered, around noon. He refused to speak to reporters waiting outside, raised his fist and recited “Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai, dekhna hai zor kitna baazu-e-qaatil mein hai” — from Bismil Azimabadi’s Sarfaroshi ki Tamanna, immortalised by revolutionaries during India’s freedom struggle. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, Maryam, tweeted this photograph, captioned ‘PMLN family, coffee & news’, on Thursday SAJJAD HUSSAIN ISLAMABAD, APRIL 20 NAWAZ SHARIF narrowly managed to save his premiership after a Pakistan Supreme Court bench declared there was “insufficient evidence” to remove him from office but ordered the setting up of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the graft allegations against his family. The court ordered Sharif, 67, and his two sons — Hasan and Hussain — to appear before the JIT, which would include officials from the Federal Investigation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPLAINING VERDICT PAGE 12 Cracks in BJP-PDP as Industries Minister Planning Project Cow like Project Tiger, says stone-pelters need to be beaten, shot a cow sanctuary in each state: MoS Home ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, APRIL 20 WITH THE Valley in turmoil, cracks appeared in the ruling alliance led by Mehbooba Mufti after a BJP minister described stone-pelting youth as “deshdrohi” (traitors) who deserved to be shot or beaten — “Uska ilaj hai Chander Parkash Ganga goli” — because “laaton ke bhoot baaton se nahi maante” (those who do not listen deserve to be kicked). The remarks by Chander Parkash Ganga, J&K minister for industries and commerce, were echoed by at least two BJP ministers but drew an angry reaction from partner PDP which said his “disgusting utterances” and “sickening and intimidating statement against Kashmiri youth” were not only “unbecoming of a senior CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, APRIL 20 AMID THE nationwide debate over demands to ban cow slaughter and rising incidents of violence by gau rakshaks, Minister of State (Home) Hansraj G Ahir has said the government is considering a proposal to set MoS (Home) Hansraj G Ahir FULL INTERVIEW PAGE 10 up “cow sanctuaries” and start a ‘Project Cow’ on the lines of ‘Project Tiger’. “Humne yeh socha tha, aur kaafi din se hum is pe kaam bhi kar rahe hai... Gau hatya ko rok lagana hai, usme sabse bada adanga yeh aata hai ki inko paaley kaun... Iske liye ek gau abhyaaranya banane ki zaroorat hai aur chara... uska bhi CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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