TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18+4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `4.00 ● MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE PANEL SUBMITS REPORT TO CJI MCI case: in-house probe records ‘adverse remarks’ against HC judge CBI may seek nod afresh to file FIR against Justice Narayan Shukla of Allahabad High Court SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, JANUARY 28 Law says no to review of trade reforms by external consultant THE in-house inquiry committeesetupbyChief Justiceof India Dipak Misra to look into allegations of corruption against a sitting judge of the Allahabad High Court in the Medical Council of India(MCI)casecontainscertain “adverse remarks” against him. The allegations which prompted the inquiry pertain to Allahabad High Court judge Justice Narayan Shukla granting permission to certain private medical colleges to admit students after an MCI ban, and also involved the rulings on the case SANDEEP ASHAR INDIA’S ATTEMPT to review trade reforms in order to help improve the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in the country has run intoroughweatherwiththeLaw Ministry objecting to any external agency being authorised to evaluate existing laws and suggest amendments to them. Earlier this month, the Law Ministry quoted a 1961 Presidential Order that blocks the hiring of a third party consultant to examine and interpret domestic laws, bilateral and multilateral treaties, or to advise ministries on probable changes in laws, regulations and circulars. “In accordance with the Allocation of Business Rules, the Department of Legal Affairs (DLA) is primarily concerned with tendering advice to ministriesonlegalmattersincluding interpretation of the Constitution and the laws, including law relating to clearance of goods and conduct of cases,” theDLAconveyedtotheFinance Ministry. “In the said circumstances, appointment of consultants/ Third Party agents for interpretation/review of laws may tantamount to encroachment upon the domain of DLA,” it said. In order to implement the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation,theFinanceMinistry last October issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for hiring a consultant,whichwouldanalysethe reforms undertaken by various IN A break from tradition, the Maharashtra government now wantstorankandgradegovernment employees on their performance. According to information, the general administration department led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has proposedanew100-pointperformance marking system for its 7.5 lakhstateemployees,whichwill take into account both subjective and objective evaluation of an employee’s performance during the year. While the new reviewing system does not disincentivise theaverageorthepoorperformers,ithasproposedpublicrecognition and rewards for ‘Sukarmis’ or the good performers across ranks. On the basis of the marking system, various state departments will be asked to identify 5 per cent employees across cadres as the top performers at district, department and state levels. Sources confirmed the government planned to roll out CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY toadmitstudentsforthe2017-18 session. This was eight days after the Supreme Court had barred theHighCourtfromallowingthe Lucknow-based GCRG Institute of MedicalSciencetoadmitfresh studentsfortheacademicsession 2017-18. As per sources, the report of the in-house inquiry committee, comprising Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee, Sikkim High Court Chief Justice S K Agnihotri and the Madhya Pradesh High Court’s Justice P K Jaiswal, was submitted by Chief Justice Banerjee, the senior most member of the panel, to the CJI in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SC standoff: judges to meet on Wednesday EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 28 THE next in the series of meetingsbetweenChief JusticeDipak Misra and his four seniormost colleaguesintheSupremeCourt, to try and end the impasse in the working of the apex court, is scheduled for Wednesday. At the last meeting between the five, apart from Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, who together form the Collegium — the highest decision-making body of the judiciary—threeotherSupreme Court Justices, A K Sikri, D Y ChandrachudandUULalit,were present. The meeting, held last week, was the longest so far, going on for over an hour. The crisis was triggered by Justices Chelameswar, Gogoi, Lokur and Joseph, in an CONTINUEDONPAGE2 MUMBAI, JANUARY 28 various cash rewards and perks for such employees, besides giving their contribution wide recognition and enhancing their involvement in decision making. Performance-linked marking system could be perhaps the first such initiative by a government in India. Sources in the Chief Minister’s Office confirmed that Fadnavis had already given the new regime a go-ahead. With the finance department too in favour of the move, the sources said, a proposal in this regard wouldsoonbeplacedbeforethe state cabinet. The plan, said the sources, was to introduce the new regime from the coming financialyearonwards.Stateemployees are already expecting the government to announce the Seventh Pay Commission pay hike in the coming state budget speech. Under the new marking system, the quality of the noting on the file by a state secretariat employee or the efforts of the fieldlevel employees in implementing a vital project will win them additional marks. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KOLKATA, JANUARY 28 BACK IN 2016, Delhi Daredevils scouts looking out for a young spinner zeroed in on a Nepali leggie by the name of Sandeep Lamichhane, then not yet 16. Ahead of the IPL 2018 auction, the teen was put through a quiet trial in Delhi, and a video of his bowling was sent to team coach Ricky Ponting. The Australian legend was impressed. On Sunday, the Daredevils bought Lamichhane for Rs 20 lakh — the culmination of a process that began a year-anda-half ago, when the franchise firstspottedhimattheinaugural Hong Kong T20 Blitz. The young spinner has brought Nepal cricket its breakthrough mo- Sandeep Lamichhane has been bought by Delhi. Express ment, becoming the first player from that country to be part of the IPL. “We have scouts who follow just the (ICC) associate (member) teams. We saw him at the 2016 U-19 World Cup as well. Graft fight will go on, former CMs are in jail, says PM Says Aadhaar boosted development, seeks help to push digital payments EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi Sunday said no one would be spared in his anti-graft mission, and pointed out that people who were once chief ministersarenowinjailforcorruption. Hesoughtthecooperationof the youth in the battle against corruption and black money. Speaking at a rally to commemorate 70 years of the National Cadet Corps (NCC), the PM also made a strong pitch for Aadhaar, saying the scheme had addedgreatstrengthtoIndia’sdevelopment by curbing leakages and helping the government ensurethatbenefitsreachedtheirintended beneficiaries. Aadhaar’s legality has been challengedintheSupremeCourt. “Earlier, people believed that nothing happens to the rich and powerful. But things are different today. People who served as chief ministersareinjailfortheir corruption,” Modi said. Former Biharchief ministersLaluPrasad andJagannathMishrahavebeen convictedandsentencedincases related to the fodder scam. Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala is serving a10-yearjailtermfollowingconviction in a recruitment scam. ‘FAIRYTALE CONTINUES’ INSIDE Roger Federer, 36, became the oldest man to win the Australian Open since Ken Rosewall in 1972, beating Marin Cilic of Croatia in Melbourne Sunday. This was Federer’s sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam victory. Reuters REPORT, PAGE 18 Then he went to Australia. We were tracking him, and called him for a trial before the (2018 IPL) auction,” Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua, who was present during Lamichhane’s trial, told The Indian Express. “He is only 17, and he bowls reallywell,turnsitreallywell.He has control with his faster ball as well,” Dua said. “So we called him for a specific trial, just him. He just bowled in the nets and we saw him. We wanted to keep it a little hush hush, because there are very few good (young) spinners around. We got his videos and shared that with the team. Everybody liked him. Ponting saw his bowling and gave his approval.” There is, in fact, a strong Australian influence in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 “The youth of India refuse to accept corruption. The fight against corruption and black money will not stop. This is a fight for the future of India’s youth,” Modi said. The PM sought the help of NCC cadets and other young people in spreading digital transactions, saying it would curb corruption. Modi said Aadhaar had helped save Rs 60,000 crore in governmentschemes,wherethe money would earlier go into the “wrong hands”. “Thesedaysyoukeephearing about Aadhaar,” he said. “I want to say Aadhaar has added great strengthtoIndia’sdevelopment. What would earlier get into the wronghandsisnowgoingtothe intended beneficiaries,” he said. Exhorting the youth to promote the use of digital transactions, Modisaid,“Myyoungfriends,my appeal is, please further digital transactions (through the BHIM app). Please also get others on that platform. This is a step towards transparency and accountability.” The NCC, the Prime Minister said, “has given a sense of mission to several people. Today we celebrate what we have achieved and also think about howwecanmaketheNCCexperience even moreeffective in the years to come”. PAGE 7 ● MANN KI BAAT: MODI LAUDS WOMEN ACHIEVERS, BIHAR FOR DOWRY EFFORT Family of ‘raped’, dead Odisha girl recounts struggle to be heard Mentored by Clarke and backed by Ponting, Nepal leggie gets IPL call SHAMIK CHAKRABARTY NCC RALLY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 28 In a first, Maharashtra government to grade employees’ performance AMITAV RANJAN NEW DELHI, JANUARY 28 in the Supreme Court. Sources told The Indian Express that the report of the inhouse inquiry committee, submitted to the CJI, contains “adverse remarks” against Justice Shukla,whowasalsomentioned in a preliminary investigation conducted by the CBI last September.TheCBI,sourcessaid, is keen on seeking the CJI’s sanction afresh to file an FIR against Justice Shukla. The Allahabad High Court judge had come under the spotlightafterhemadehand-written correctionsonSeptember4,2017, to his own bench’s order of September 1, so as to allow a medical college in Uttar Pradesh PM, ministers and opposition leaders at an all-party meeting ahead of Parliament session, Sunday. Renuka Puri PAGE 7 KABUL MOURNS AS ATTACK TOLL RISES TO 103 12 WORLD 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Wealth and Hindutva BY UDAYAN MUKHERJEE SAMPAD PATNAIK KORAPUT, JANUARY 28 NORTH OF Sunki-Salur mountains, a sub-range of the Eastern Ghats that naturally cleave Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, lies a village where a 14-year-old girl cried rape and sought justice for more than three months before being found dead of apparent suicide.Withherdeathsparking a political row and forcing the government to order a judicial probe,officialsaretightlippedon all details regarding her case, including the two FIRs and her medical examinations. InOctober2017,thegirl,from a village in Odisha’s remote Koraput district, alleged rape by four Central forces personnel. The family described the perpe- She was buried in family graveyard in Koraput. Sampad Patnaik trators as “kabra police”, a local term for the dark green uniform with camouflage patches. The girl was returning from a market, some 6-7 km from her village, that assembles thrice a week. The lonely road she took is framed on both sides with bush-coveredhillocks.“Thatday, my sister took an auto that dropped her at an intersection and turned right. As she was walking down the other road, she was grabbed by four kabra policemen. They dragged her up CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN THE HEART OF MAOIST LAND, AN ACADEMY SHAPES SPORTS CHAMPIONS Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district administration set up a sports academy; in less than a year, 17 of its students have made it to the national level, its medals tally at the state level has crossed 40 DIPANKAR GHOSE BIJAPUR (BASTAR), JANUARY 28 AS EVENING slowly slips into dark, the mini-stadium in Bijapur is alive. The field has more dust than grass, and the running feet on it kick up a storm. The ground may not be green, but there is no shortage of colour.Therearesmallcones,orange, red and blue, marking the playing area. And then there are the children wearing studs running around,each with a story of THE CHANGE STORY his own. Of poverty, of violence, and for every evening between 4 and 6.30 here, of hope. Nearly every district headquarters in Chhattisgarh has a “mini-stadium”, used for cricket and football. In May last year, the administration of Bijapur, among the districts worst affected by left-wing violence in the country, decided to build in one such mini-stadium the Bijapur Sports Academy. Eight monthslater, it has over 240 students, training in 10 sports, under head coaches accredited by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). Of them, 17 have made it to the national level and four have won medals. At the state level, the medals tally of Bijapur Sports Academy trainees stands at 45. Assistant football coach SomaruKashyap,just20,isaresident of Gudra, deep inside Abujhmaad, a Maoist area Over 240 students are training in 10 sports. Dipankar Ghose largely out of government reach. Describing how he discovered football, Kashyap says, “Ever since I was a child, the Maoists would come to my village and tell me to join them. After my parents died of illness, I moved in with an uncle into a hostel for orphans in Bijapur. There I used to run 400 metres and 100 metres,butmyteachersaidIshould try football. I fell in love with it.” Kashyap, a midfielder who could use both his feet, soon found a place in the Bijapur district team playing at the state level. Home, though, remains fraughtwithdanger.“Whenanyone leaves the village, they think the person has joined the police. I went back after Class 10, and theytookmewiththem.ButIran away. Ten days ago, when I went backtoGudra,IhadtoagainconvincethemIamnotinthepolice, but a football coach. I told them to come to Bijapur and see for themselves,” Kashyap says. Teachinghiswardshowtoget past the goalkeeper and hit successive strikes into corners, the 20-year-old says, “I now earn Rs 15,000 a month. But what gives me happiness is that I can change these children’s lives.” About 2 km away, in another field, 14-year-old Ashok Thati is shooting arrows. Missing the centre twice out of the six times that he shoots at the target, placed 70 metres away, he shakes his head. It is important that he does well at a forthcoming state-level competition, he says, for it is only then that he might get to step out of Chhattisgarh. He was picked up by talent scouts just six months ago. Thati is from a village near CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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