TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, KOLKATA, `4.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ■ Justices Gogoi, Chelameswar, Joseph and Lokur speak out ■ ‘Twenty years later, wise men shouldn’t say we sold our souls’ JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ■ MoP delay, allocation of cases, including Loya’s, raised with CJI Their Lordships Object 4 most senior judges target CJI, question his conduct Govt cautious, Opp weighs Issues are not options, says probe issues personal, but ANANTHAKRISHNAN G 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”. The Opposition, however, describedthejudges’allegations 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 over allocation of cases. At a press conference held at Justice Jasti Chelameswar’s house in New Delhi, Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Chelameswar, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph targeted Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra — the five makethecurrentSupremeCourt Collegium, the highest decisionmaking body of the judiciary. Speaking for the four judges, Justice Chelameswar said “we were left with no choice than to communicate it to the nation” KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 FULL COVERAGE ● RAJA VISIT: LEFT P8 ● GOVT vs SC NOW CJI vs JUDGES P 9 Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph (in the rear) arrive at the press meet, Friday. Abhinav Saha EXPRESSING “SHOCK” over the unprecedentedpressconference Friday by the four most senior judges of the Supreme Court, former Chief Justices of India said the government should not “interfere”inthematter,andthat the CJI should “resolve the crisis with statesmanship”. Saying he was “pained” by the developments, former Chief Justice R M Lodha questioned how such an issue could have Musician T M Krishna with Amrith Lal and Seema Chishti 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 as “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: former CJIs CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RED-FACED institutional: Justice Joseph MANOJ C G, LIZ MATHEW & RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 MAESTRO’S EVENING remained 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 ago. 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 the press conference along with Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi and 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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