TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE ASKS COLLEGIUM TO RECONSIDER JUSTICE JOSEPH’S NAME Govt snubs Supreme Court, all eyes on the Chief Justice 3 Seniority, regional representation among reasons cited by Govt; Collegium waits for word on meeting with Chief BENGAL ANANTHAKRISHNAN G & SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, APRIL 26 Kiran Devi lost her three children in the Kushinagar accident on Thursday. Vishal Srivastav SEC:PANCHAYAT ELECTIONS ONMAY14 TWOCONVICTEDOF REBELTRINAMOOL CONGRESSLEADER’S MURDERIN2013 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 13 children killed as train hits van at unmanned rly crossing MAULSHREE SETH KUSHINAGAR (UP), 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 the BRD Medical College Hospital 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. When the Gorakhpur-bound passenger train (Train No. 55075)hitthevan,itdraggedthe vehicle for a few metres, before throwing it off the track. Dr A K Pandey, the doctor in chargeof theCommunityHealth Centre where the children were first taken, said most of them had suffered head injuries. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath,whovisitedtheaccident 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 earphoneson.Thereissomecontroversy regarding his age also,” he said, amid reports that the driver may have been underage. FIR: Cong seeks probe into Rahul plane’s mid-air scare EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MANGALORE, APRIL 26 IN A complaint to the Karnataka police on Thursday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s office said a New Delhi-Hubli special flight (VT-AVH) carrying him and four others suffered “unexplained technical failures” midair,andthemattershouldbe probed as “intentional tampering” could not be ruled out. According to the complaint filed by Rahul’s aide, Kaushal Vidyarthee, the flight took off around 9.20 am. Besides Rahul and Vidyarthee, an SPG officer was also on board the flight. “At around 10:45 am, the aircraft suddenly tilted heavily on the left side and the altitude dipped steeply, combined with violentshudderingof theaircraft body... The weather outside was sunny, normal and not windy... A clanking noise was clearly audible from one side of the plane throughout the shuddering of the aircraft body. It was also learnt that the autopilot of the aircraft was not functioning,” said the complaint, addressed to Karnataka Director General and Inspector General of Police Neelmani N Raju. Vidyarthee said the aircraft landed in Hubli on the third attempt. “The plane landed at Hubli at around 11:25 am while continuously shaking and making unusual audible sounds. The whole flight experience left the passengers with a lot of anxiety and distress and positively CONTINUEDONPAGE2 Ashefacedprotestsfromresidents, Adityanath told them, “Yeh dukhad ghatna hai... narebazi bandh kar dein... nautanki bandh karo (This is a sad incident... stop raising slogans, stop this drama).” The BJP later claimed that he was addressing his supporters who were raising slogans in his favour. Theprotesterssquattedonthe railtrackanddemandedthatrailway personnel should be posted at the unmanned crossing. In a statement, Sanjay Yadav, PublicInformationOfficer,North EasternRailway,saidthetrainhit CONTINUEDONPAGE2 GOYAL ASSURANCE PAGE 5 14 WORLD KIM WILL WALK ACROSS TO SOUTH KOREA TODAY MAHARASHTRA ● INDIA DOWN TWO RANKS ON PRESS FREEDOM INDEX, PAGE 6 Masood Azhar aide among 4 Modi arrives in China, his goal militants killed in Tral: Police clear: bridge the trust deficit 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 as Mufti Yasir, the ‘operational commander’ of the Jaish-eMuhammad(JeM).Policesources said Yasir was the personal security officer of JeM’s Pakistanbased chief Masood Azhar. “Operational commander of JeM Mufti Yasir was among those killed in joint operation in upper reaches of Tral,” tweeted J&K’s Director General of Police (DGP)SPVaid,alongwithapho- EXPRESSINWUHAN Yasir with Azhar, tweeted by J&K DGP S P Vaid tograph which showed an armedYasirwithMasoodAzhar. “This is a big elimination,” InspectorGeneralof Police(IGP), Kashmir, S P Pani told The Indian Express. “He was definitely a very big commander. He was an CONTINUEDONPAGE2 SHUBHAJIT ROY APRIL 26 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 possibly lie in a new “modus vivendi”, an arrangement for two conflicting sides to co-exist in peace, that the two leaders will work on over the next two days. “The modus vivendi, which was reaffirmed and arrived at during (then 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 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR FOR PEOPLE OF PRIZE-WINNING GRAM PANCHAYAT, PROGRESS TRUMPS POLITICS RAVIK BHATTACHARYA DIGAMBARPUR, APRIL 26 APART FROM looking after a household of five, Swapna Bera, 40, spends a part of her day inspecting the water pressure in various households of Digambarpur, a gram panchayat located in the interiors of the Sundarbans. As a member of a committee that oversees water supply, she speaks to the residents, and jots down any complaints that they may have. Bera is one of several members of active self-help groups Women play a major role in panchayat projects. Partha Paul operatinginthegrampanchayat which won first prize under the Gram Panchayat Vikas Yojana. Digampur was awarded the prize for development and planning by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj earlier this month, owing to the revolutionary changes it has undergone over the past few years. Its residents receive “direct-to-home” drinking water supply and are actively involved in waste management. The village has concrete roads and has been declared open defecation-free. Just a handful of political party flags CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 DEEPENING ITS standoff with the judiciary, the government Thursday returned for reconsideration the Collegium’s recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand Chief Justice KMJosephtotheSupremeCourt 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 8 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 P 6 4 EX-CJIS, 4 EX-JUDGES EXPRESS CONCERN Govt has struck at the very heart of 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 standoff 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 on Thursday. “What governments do by segregatingrecommendations,is (to)throwplansof theCollegium 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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