LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `3.00 ● THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA CJI meets four judges again but chill remains EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 24 CHIEF JUSTICE of India Dipak Misra and the four senior judges who had publicly raised the issue of rostering of cases in the Supreme Court had their longest meeting Wednesday since the standoff began nearly two weeks ago but to little avail. Sources told The Indian Express that the meeting of CJI Misra, with Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, was held in the premises of the Supreme Court in the afternoon and lasted for more than an hour. Justices A K Sikri, D Y Chandrachud and U U Lalit, sources said, were also present at the meeting. Wednesday’s meeting, sources said, was called at the initiative of the Chief Justice and was the first one this week. Sources said that “there was nothing at the meeting to term as concrete progress other than the time that the meeting took.” There is no word on the proposal put forth by four judges and the meeting appeared to be more an attempt to “placate” the four, sources said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE RS 1-LAKH CRORE BOOST HUNDREDS ARRESTED, FOUR FIRs LODGED IN AHMEDABAD Protests continue, Padmaavat may not be screened in Gujarat AVINASH NAIR, ADITI RAJA, PREETI DAS GANDHINAGAR, AHMEDABAD, VADODARA, JANUARY 24 A DAY after police opened fire to disperse violent mobs armed with sticks, stones and bottles filled with inflammable substance that took to the streets, burning down at least 60 vehicles parked outside four malls in Ahmedabad that housed multiplexes, the Multiplex Association of India declared on Wednesday that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat will not be screened in Gujarat. The police arrested 154 persons and lodged four FIRs in police stations in Ahmedabad, charging the Karni Sena for “conspiracy” of “attempt to culpable homicide” under sections 120 B and 308 of the IPC respectively, based on CCTV footage which BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY also shows some people in the mob wearing masks. The protests against the release of Padmaavat continued in Gujarat on Wednesday, with incidents of traffic blockage and attempts to torch public buses being reported from various districts. Gujarat Director General of Police (in-charge) Pramod Kumar said over 200 persons had been arrested since Tuesday. Incidents of arson and chakka jam were reported from Surendranagar and Ahmedabad-Rajkot highway, and attempts to torch a bus in Banaskantha and on Ahmedabad-Dholka highway on Wednesday. Protests were organised in Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara rural, Ahmedabad rural, Dev Dwarka, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, among other places, where people allegedly from Rajput community blocked highway by burning tyres and creating human chains. Keeping in mind the protests, the state government deployed the WORLD NASSAR GETS 175 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SEXUAL ABUSE FULL COVERAGE PAGES 3, 8 Sohrabuddin trial: As media gagged, most witnesses go hostile SADAF MODAK & SAILEE DHAYALKAR MUMBAI, JANUARY 24 AHEAD OF UN TEAM'S VISIT, PAKISTANI COURT RESTRAINS GOVT FROM ACTING AGAINST SAEED NEARLY TWO months since trial began in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh alleged fake encounter case, majority witnesses, presented by the prosecution to support its case that Sohrabuddin, his wife Kausarbi and associate Tulsiram Prajapati were victims of an extra-judicial killing, have turned hostile. Of the 40 witnesses examined Annual report card on health planned SUNNY VERMA NEW DELHI, JANUARY 24 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 27 OF 40 WITNESSES GO BACK ON WORD 13 Centre infuses cash, unveils reforms map for public banks Sohrabuddin, Kausarbi. File until Wednesday, 27 were declared hostile by the prosecution, while the deposition of one has been deferred for later. Since November 29, when CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A child being shielded as a bus of G D Goenka School is stoned in Gurgaon on Wednesday. Video grab HC scraps trial court gag: Public right to know, press most powerful watchdog OBSERVING THAT the “press is the most powerful watchdog of society”, the Bombay High Court Wednesday quashed and set aside a trial court order restraining the media from reporting on proceedings in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh alleged fake encounter case. Dictating the order, Justice Revati Mohite-Dere said “certainly public has a right to know what is happening in this case”. She said freedom of press is intrinsic to the right to freedom CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CAPITAL ALLOCATION, NPA SHARE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JANUARY 24 THE GOVERNMENT on Wednesday announced a reforms roadmap for public sector banks and details of how Rs 80,000 crore of funds raised through recapitalisation bonds will be allocated to 20 PSBs by March-end. Eleven weak banks are to be given a total of Rs 52,311 crore to maintain their minimum capital requirement even as nine strong banks will get Rs 35,828 crore. The eleven weak banks are currently under the RBI’s Prompt Corrective Action (PCA), which kicks in when banks breach regulatory norms on issues such as minimum capital, amount of non-performing assets and return on assets. The central bank enforces these guidelines to ensure that banks do not go bust and follow prompt measures to put their house in order. IDBI Bank, which has a Gross Non Performing Assets (NPA) ratio of 24.98 per cent, will receive the highest capital infusion of Rs 10,610 crore, followed by Bank of India getting Rs 9,232 crore and State Bank of India getting Rs 8,800 crore. The government said that higher capital for weak banks is being given to ensure Justice Revati MohiteDere of expression. She was hearing a writ petition filed by nine journalists, including from The Indian Express, against the special CBI court’s order passed on November 29, 2017, restraining the media from reporting on the ongoing trial. Justice Mohite-Dere held CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Bank IDBI Bank Bank of India UCO Bank Central Bank of India Indian Overseas Bank Amount (`Crore) 10610 9232 6507 5158 4694 GROSS NPA 24.98% 12.60% 19.74% 17.27% 22.73% Source: Ministry of Finance, NPA data from stock exchanges 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Facing the slowdown BY KAUSHIK BASU
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