TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MODI SPEAKS OUT ON KATHUA, UNNAO No culprit will be spared, daughters will definitely get justice, says PM SC seeks explanation from Kathua lawyers; 2 J&K BJP Ministers resign Banks Board Bureau new member was with Rajiv Kochhar Rajiv Kochhar KHUSHBOO NARAYAN MUMBAI, APRIL 13 ONEOFthenewmembersof the Banks Board Bureau (BBB) appointed Thursday by the governmentwasonthethree-memberadvisoryboardof Singaporebased Avista Advisory, founded by Rajiv Kochhar, till early this week. Avista Advisory is currently under the CBI scanner in connection with ICICI Bank’s Rs 3,250 crore loan to the Videocon Group in 2012. P Pradeep Kumar, a former managing director of State Bank of Indiawhohasbeenappointed BBB member, told The Indian Express:“Iresignedfrommypost at Avista Advisory earlier this weekduetotheongoingcontroversy around Avista. Last year in July, I began working with Avista asanadvisorandwaswiththem for nine months. My role was to advise on the firm’s strategy.” The CBI has begun a preliminary enquiry (PE) into the alleged nexus between Deepak Kochhar, husband of ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar, and Videocon Group chairman Venugopal Dhoot, a borrower of the bank. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Reform must come from court By UPENDRA BAXI EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JAMMU, APRIL 13 SPEAKING OUT for the first time on the Kathua and Unnao cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday that the country’s “daughters” would “definitely get justice”. “I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice,”ModitoldarallyinDelhi. The Prime Minister was referringtothegangrapeandmurder of an eight-year-old in Kathua and the alleged rape of a 17-year-old by a BJP MLA in Unnao. Modi’s comments came on a day when the Supreme Court took serious note of the attempt by a group of lawyers in Jammu to prevent J&K Police from filing achargesheetatalocalcourtlast week in the Kathua case. Theapexcourtsoughtexplanations by April 19 from the Bar Council of India, Jammu and Kashmir Bar Council, Jammu High Court Bar Association and Kathua district bar association. Meanwhile, BJP ministers Lal Singh, Chander Prakash, who took part in a rally in support of Kathua gangrape accused, submitted their resignation to the state party chief. In the Supreme Court, a BY UNNY UNNAO RAPE CASE CBI arrests BJP MLA, HC says law & order under his influence On Bakerwal migrant trail, how a death comes to life UDHAMPUR, APRIL 13 ON THE road just beyond Jawahar Tunnel, between Jammu and Kashmir, the Bakerwalshavemadeameadow their home for the night. It’s an annualritual,thistrekwithgrazing livestock from various districts in the Jammu province to Kashmir and Ladakh. But this time, the journey is different.Theyareamonthearly, they are in a hurry. They stay close, they keep their children closer. Because, this time, close on their heels are memories of the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old daughter of one of their own. “Wefeltwewereapartof the population all these years. Now, Cauvery protests: Vaiko nephew sets himself on fire, suffers 80% burns we feel exposed,” says 21-yearold Ikhlaq, who walks the 300-km Jammu-Srinagar highway twice a year. “We left as soon as the child wasburied,”hesays,addingthat he has known the biological and adopted parents of the Kathua victim for most of his life. Around90kmaway,upadirt track in Udhampur, the victim’s CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 6 WORLD ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, APRIL 13 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE VARANASI, LUCKNOW, APRIL 13 AFTER QUESTIONING him throughtheday,theCBIarrested BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of raping a 17-year-old in Unnao in June 2017, on Friday night. The action came hours after the Allahabad High Court ordered the MLA’s immediate arrest, saying that the “law and order machinery” was “directly in league and under the influence of” Sengar. Pullingupthestatepoliceand administration,thebenchofChief Justice D B Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar, in its 20-page order, said: “The SIT report reveals The father of the minor girl who was gangraped and murdered in Kathua. Shuaib Masoodi NAVEED IQBAL Police personnel in Unnao on Friday. Vishal Srivastav as to how police personnel and doctorswere/areundertheinfluence of Kuldeep Singh and how theytamperedwithevidenceand tried to create terror and intimidated the prosecutrix and her family members. The disturbing feature of the case is that the law and order machinery and the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AMID PROTESTS in the state againsttheCentre’sfailuretoconstitutetheCauverymanagement board, MDMK leader Vaiko’s nephew,SaravanaSuresh(50),set himself on fire in Virudhunagar, about 500 km from Chennai, on Friday morning. Police said Suresh left home around 5 am, after informing his wifethathewasgoingforawalk. “Around 7 am, he was found to have doused himself with kerosene and set himself on fire on an open ground near his house.Hewasreportedlyraising slogans demanding the formationof theCauverymanagement board,” said a police officer. Suresh, who suffered 80 per SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, APRIL 13 UNDER PRESSURE after the letters from Justices Jasti ChelameswarandKurianJoseph about the government’s role in stalling appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and high courts, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is understood to have informed two of his colleagues that he is working to address the concerns. Sources told The Indian ExpressthatCJIMisrainformally met Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Kurian Joseph on Wednesday and indicated that he was looking into the issues pertaining to the apex court. The meeting, which lasted for half-an-hour, followed the inauguration of the gymnasium in the Supreme Court premises by the CJI. Without referring to the letters or naming any individuals whose appointments have been stalled, CJI Misra is learnt to have informed his two colleagues of hismeetingwithPrimeMinister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. BUSINESS AS USUAL Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, which took cognisance of the developments thatwerebroughttoitsnoticeby a group of lawyers, said such impeding of the process of law “affects the delivery of justice”. The apex court said lawyers’ bodieshaveasolemndutytonot obstruct advocates representing the accused or the victims’ family in the courts. The court said, “It is settled in law that a lawyer who appears foravictimoraccusedcannotbe prevented by any Bar Association or group of lawyers, foritisthedutyof alawyertoappearinsupportof hisclient,once CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CJI meets 2 top judges, tells them he’s looking into issues raised NAWAZ SHARIF BARRED FOR LIFE FROM FIGHTING ELECTIONS NEW DELHI, APRIL 13 HIGHLIGHTING HOW the UGC’s new formula for implementing reservation in teaching jobs can shrink the number of SC, ST and OBC faculty in higher education, the country’s only central university dedicated to tribal studies has reserved just one out of the 52 posts advertised for recruitment last week. Under the old formula, at least 20 out of the 52 vacant positions at the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University in Madhya Pradesh would have been reserved for the SC, ST and OBC candidates, according to P S Krishnan,formersecretarytothe central government and an expert on the subject. On March 5, the UGC had issued a notification announcing that the number of reserved facultypostsacrossuniversitiesand colleges shall be calculated department-wiseandnotbasedon the aggregate vacant posts in a university. The change, which was first reported by The Indian Express on October 23, 2017, was based on a verdict of the Allahabad High Court in April last year. While hearing a case on teachers’ recruitment in Banaras Hindu University, the court held that reservation in teaching posts has to be applied department-wise by treating the department as a “unit” and not the university. FollowingafuroreoverUGC’s Marchorder,thegovernmenthad decided to file a Special Leave ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, APRIL 13 THE SUPREME Court Friday agreed to examine a petition seeking regulations on the power of the Chief Justice of India to allocate cases to different benches of the court and sought the assistance of Attorney General of India K K Venugopal and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta in the matter. However, while hearing the petitionfiledbySeniorAdvocate Shanti Bhushan, a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan observed that the demandfortheChief Justicetoconsult other members of the Collegiumwhileallocatingcases was“notfeasible”andthatsome Vaiko outside the Madurai hospital cent burns, was first taken to the Virudhunagar government hospital, and later shifted to a private hospital in Madurai. While addressing the media at the Madurai hospital, Vaiko broke down and appealed to peoplenottocommitsuicide.He said Suresh is the son of his wife CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Petition against the Allahabad HighCourtverdictintheSupreme Court.TheSLPwasfiledThursday. Reservationbasedondepartmentorsubjectasaunit,according to the UGC notification last month, meant that departments withsinglepostcadres—usually the position of a professor — will be outside the purview of reservation. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR NEEDLE IN ROOM, 2 INDIAN ATHLETES THROWN OUT EXPRESSATCWG2018 MIHIR VASAVDA GOLD COAST, APRIL 13 THE ATHLETICS Federation of India (AFI) is under the impression that needles are banned at the Commonwealth Games to prevent AIDS, not doping. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA)believesitsathletesarebeing targeted. The team manager claims the syringe that was seized was used by those with diabetes to inject insulin. On a day of shame for Indian athletics, when K T Irfan and RakeshBabuwerethrownoutof the Commonwealth Games for violating the stringent no-needles policy, officials and athletes trotted out a number of excuses that swung from the bewildering to the bizarre. The two athletes, who were asked to leave after a needle and a syringe was found in their room, denied any wrongdoing beforeaCommonwealthGames Federation (CGF) jury. But later, they told AFI officials they may have inadvertently broken the CWG LAST NIGHT MEDALTALLY G S B T Australia 65 49 54 168 England 31 34 33 98 India 17 11 14 42 Canada 14 34 27 75 ■ 15-year-old Anish wins gold in 25m pistol, as India win 11 more medals. rules. To cap it all, after the CGF orderedtheIOAtoensurethatIrfan and Babu “depart from Australia on the first flight available”, Indian officials said they would lodge an appeal, but were yet to decide what part of the decision to actually challenge. Another athlete, bronzemedal winning weightlifter Vikas Thakur, was interrogated whilethreeseniorcontingentofficials, including delegation leader Vikram Sisodia, were given a stern reprimand. Babu was a surprise qualifier for Saturday’s triple jump final after recording a best effort of 15.98m in the qualifying round Thursday. Irfan, meanwhile, finished13thinhispetevent,20km walk, earlier this week. The two were removed from the Village at 9 am Friday. The CGF said the needle was recov- Sources said the CJI spoke to Modi at a meeting to discuss the Lokpal selection committee. Justices Gogoiand Joseph are both members of the collegium for selection of judges for the Supreme Court, and were among the four Supreme Court judges who went public with their letter to the CJI, over variousissuespertainingtothefunctioning of the court, at a press conference in January. The other two judges, Justices ChelameswarandMadanLokur, were not present during the informal meeting on Wednesday evening. While there is a traditional lunchmeetingof alljudgesof the Supreme Court on Wednesday, sourcessaidtherewasnodiscussion on the matter during that meeting. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Apex court agrees to examine plea on CJI’s power to allocate cases In lone central tribal university, only one out of 52 faculty posts reserved for SC, ST, OBC candidates RITIKA CHOPRA CJI Dipak Misra ered by cleaners in a cup on the bedside table of the room occupied by the two athletes on Wednesday. Anti-doping officials then found a syringe in Babu’s bag. CGF president Louise Martin claimed Babu admitted to the Australian Sports Anti Doping Agency that the bag belonged to him. But Babu and Irfan denied having any knowledge of the syringe. AFI secretary C K Valson presentedadifferentversion,astold to him by the athletes. “They came here directly from Patiala. There was a syringe and a needle in their bag, which they use CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur internal mechanism would be more suitable. The court will hear the matter next on April 27. Thecourtalsotookexception to petitioner counsel Dushyant Dave’s attempt to bring up the January 12 press conference by Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph wherein they raised questions on allocation of cases by the CJI to various benches. “Fourof yourcolleagueshave gone public. Your lordships should take judicial notice of what is happening in the country,” Dave told the Bench. “Don’t bring that here. We are not going into it. We are not concerned with it,” the Bench said. Dave said the petition raises substantial questions about the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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