LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ■ Justices Gogoi, Chelameswar, ■ ‘Twenty years later, wise men ■ MoP delay, allocation of cases, Joseph and Lokur speak out shouldn’t say we sold our souls’ 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 State for Law P P Chaudhury saying 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, described the judges’ allegations NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 THE SUPREME Court, the nation’s highest judiciary which routinely sets the agenda for institutional propriety and probity, 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 make the current Supreme Court 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 LIZ MATHEW 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 unprecedented press conference Friday by the four most senior judges of the Supreme Court, former Chief Justices of India said the government should not “interfere” in the matter, and that 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 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 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, being leader CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE ISSUES raised by the four most senior judges of the Supreme Court at an unprecedented press conference Friday were not “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 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE The Public Hearing Judges throw light on institution in crisis, crisis of institutions Master of Roster also accountable BY KAPIL SIBAL Industry figures out: Nov factory production jumps to 8.4%, a 25-month high BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT for November jumped to a 25-month high of 8.4 per cent, buoyed by higher output growth in manufacturing, consumer nondurables and infrastructure/construction goods sectors. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) had grown at 2 per cent in October 2017, while it grew by 5.1 per cent in November 2016. Retail inflation surged to a 17month high of 5.21 per cent in December, led by a surge in food and housing prices, data released Friday by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed. Food inflation, as measured by Consumer Food Price Index, rose to 4.96 per cent in December from 4.35 per cent the previous month. DETAILS, PAGE 15
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