TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ■ Justices Gogoi, Chelameswar, ■ SC grapples with worst crisis JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ■ MoP delay, allocation of cases Their Lordships Object Joseph and Lokur speak out as judges say things not in order Govt cautious, Opp weighs Issues not options, says probe issues personal, 4 most senior judges target CJI, question his conduct NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 WITH THE four most senior judges of the Supreme Court publicly questioning the functioning of the apex institution, a “shocked” government struck a cautious note, with Minister of StateforLawPPChaudhurysaying that the judiciary “will sort out the matter itself” and Attorney General K K Venugopal adding that their press conference “could have been avoided”. TheOpposition,however,describedthejudges’allegationsas NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 THE SUPREME Court, the nation’s highest judiciary which routinely sets the agenda for institutionalproprietyandprobity, was grappling with an unprecedented crisis after four of its most senior judges went public Friday, questioning the conduct of the Chief Justice of India, especially in allocation of cases. Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Jasti Chelameswar, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — along with Chief Justiceof IndiaDipakMisra, they make the current Supreme CourtCollegium,thehighestdecision-making body of the judiciary — targeted Chief Justice Misra at a press conference held at Justice Chelameswar’s home. Speaking for the four judges, Justice Chelameswar said “we were left with no choice than to communicate it to the nation” that “less than desirable things NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 4 ● Chinese troops could return after winter, says Army chief Gen Rawat Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Kurian Joseph and Madan Lokur arrive to address the press Friday. Abhinav Saha EXPRESSING “SHOCK” over the unprecedentedpressconference Fridaybyfourmostseniorjudges of the Supreme Court, former Chief Justices of India said the government should not “interfere” in the matter, and that the CJIshould“resolvethecrisiswith statesmanship”. Saying he was “pained” by the developments, former Chief Justice R M Lodha questioned howsuchanissuecouldhavere- Musician T M Krishna with Seema Chishti and Amrith Lal of The Indian Express at the Express Adda in New Delhi Friday. Abhinav Saha LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 Chief Justice of India Misra heads home Friday. PTI “disturbing” and “extremely serious”, with Congress president Rahul Gandhi saying that the points raised by them were “extremely important”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Govt shouldn’t interfere, CJI should resolve it: Ex-CJIs KAUNAIN SHERIFF M MAESTRO’S EVENING institutional: Justice Joseph MANOJ C G, LIZ MATHEW & RAVISH TIWARI ANANTHAKRISHNAN G INSIDE in letter judges wrote to CJI mained pending for two months. “I am disturbed by today’s development. What happened today is unfortunate and painful for a person who presided over an institution like the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the letter (made public) reveals that certain grievances were raised by the most senior four judges about two months back. Obviously, the Chief Justice ought to have discussed it with them and addressed those issues.Ultimately,CJI,beingleader CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE ISSUES raised by the four most senior judges of the Supreme Court at an unprecedented press conference Friday werenot“personal”but“institutional” and should be resolved, Justice Kurian Joseph told The Indian Express. “There was nothing personal about it. It was about institutional issues. Since they are institutional issues, it should definitely be resolved soon,” said Justice Joseph, hours after attending the press conference along with Justices J Chelameswar,RanjanGogoiand CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 10 The Public Hearing Judges throw light on institution in crisis, crisis of institutions THEEDITORIAL PAGE Master of Roster also accountable BY KAPIL SIBAL Industry figures out: Nov factory production jumps to 8.4%, a 25-month high ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT for Novemberjumpedtoa25-month high of 8.4 per cent, buoyed by higher output growth in manufacturing, consumer nondurables and infrastructure/constructiongoodssectors.TheIndex of Industrial Production (IIP) had grown at 2 per cent in October 2017,whileitgrewby5.1percent in November 2016. Retailinflationsurgedtoa17month high of 5.21 per cent in December, led by a surge in food andhousingprices,datareleased Friday by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed. 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