TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 20+4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, CHANDIGARH, `4.00 ● FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ‘Masood Azhar aide among 4 militants killed’ BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, APRIL 26 TWO DAYS after four militants were killed in Tral, in Pulwama district of South Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday identified one of them CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 13 children killed in UP, train hits van at unmanned crossing MAULSHREE SETH KUSHINAGAR, APRIL 26 THIRTEEN CHILDREN, aged between8and11years,werekilled when a train rammed into their school-vanatanunmannedrailwaycrossinginPadraunMudrai, about 35 km from Kushinagar, on Thursday morning. Four children and the driver of thevanarereportedtobecritical, and have been admitted to theBRDMedicalCollegeHospital in Gorakhpur. The van was carrying 17 children — all students of Divine Mission School in Dudahi — more than double its capacity of eight passengers. The accident occurred around 7 am, when the children were on their way to school. According to reports, when the Gorakhpur-bound passenger train (Train No. 55075) hit the van, it dragged the vehicle for a few metres, before throwing it JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ASKS COLLEGIUM TO RECONSIDER JUSTICE JOSEPH’S NAME Govt snubs Supreme Court, all eyes on the Chief Justice Seniority, regional representation among reasons cited by Govt; Collegium waits for word on meeting with Chief ANANTHAKRISHNAN G & SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, APRIL 26 Kiran Devi (right) lost her three children in the Kushinagar accident Thursday. Vishal Srivastav off the track. Dr A K Pandey, the doctor in charge of the Community Health Centre where the children were first taken,saidmostof themhadsuffered head injuries. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who visited the accident site, blamed the driver. “I spoke to the Rail Minister. Prima facie, it appears to be the driver’s fault. He was driving with his CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DEEPENING ITS standoff with the judiciary, the government Thursday returned for reconsideration the Collegium’s recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph to the Supreme Court even as it notified the appointment of senior advocate Indu Malhotra as a judge of the apex court. Her name had been recommended along with that of Justice Joseph on January 10. In a letter to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Union Law JusticeKM Josephruled against President’s Rulein2016 MinisterRaviShankarPrasadunderlined that “this proposal for reconsideration of the case of Shri Justice K M Joseph has the approvalof theHon’blePresident and the Hon’ble Prime Minister” and listed reasons why his appointment“atthisstagedoesnot appear to be appropriate” — JusticeJosephisatserialnumber 42 in the All India High Court CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 12 EDITORIALPAGE Your Lordship Govt case against Justice Joseph isn’t convincing. The CJI and collegium must stand up by putting their foot down CONG VS BJP WAR; PROFILE OF JUSTICE JOSEPH; FALI SPEAKS FULL COVERAGE P8 Modi arrives in China, his goal 4 EX-CJIS, 4 EX-JUDGES EXPRESS CONCERN clear: bridge the trust deficit Govt has struck at very heart of LEGAL EDUCATION EXPRESSINWUHAN SHUBHAJIT ROY APRIL 26 Prime Minister Modi arrives in Wuhan. PMO/Twitter PAST MIDNIGHT Thursday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in this picturesque city of lakes, parks and gardens along the Yangtze river, the big question that followed him was this: Can he bridge the trust deficit with China, and its powerful President Xi Jinping? The answer, The Indian Express has learnt, could possi- bly lie in a new “modus vivendi”, anarrangementfortwoconflictingsidestoco-existinpeace,that the two leaders will work on over the next two days. “The modus vivendi, which wasreaffirmedandarrivedatduring (former PM) Rajiv Gandhi’s 1988visit,hasfrayedconsiderably. It has been felt on both sides that it needs to be reframed,” sources told The Indian Express. Officials feel the 1988 framework to develop bilateral relations in all spheres, while carrying out border negotiations withoutanyuseof force,hasoutlived its utility. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 judicial freedom: ex-CJI Lodha Did CJI consult collegium before saying Govt right: A P Shah SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, APRIL 26 FOUR FORMER Chief Justices of India and another four former judgesoftheSupremeCourthave expressedtheirconcernoverthe current stand-off between the Supreme Court and the Government and have questioned how CJI Dipak Misra has lettheGovernmentstonewallthe collegium’s recommendations. Justice Lodha and Justice Thakur express concern In fact, the Government’s “segregation” of the recommendations — to reject the nomina- tion of Justice K M Joseph, the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand to the Supreme Court, and to accept the elevation of advocate Indu Malhotra “strikes at the very heart of the independence of the judiciary,” former Chief Justiceof IndiaJusticeRMLodha said here today. “What governments do by segregating recommendations, is (to) throw plans of the collegium for seniority or ensuring CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Will not stall Malhotra...on Joseph, let us see what Govt does: CJI bench ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, APRIL 26 REJECTING A plea by a group of lawyers who wanted the Supreme Court to stay the warrant of appointment of senior advocateInduMalhotraasjudge of the apex court and a direction to the government to also clear theappointmentof Uttarakhand Chief JusticeKM Joseph, a bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra Thursday said the government Malhotra’s was within its elevation rights to return scheduled any file for refor today consideration. The bench said the Collegium will deal with it appropriately if the recommendation is returned. It said if the file is sent back for reconsideration, then the controversy will come to an end: “Let us see what the government will do”. The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, rejected the demand for a stay, sought by a group of around 100 lawyers led CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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