TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● 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 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 13 children killed in UP, train hits van at unmanned crossing BUSINESS AS USUAL MAULSHREE SETH BY UNNY KUSHINAGAR, APRIL 26 THIRTEEN CHILDREN, aged between8and11years,werekilled when a train rammed into their school-vanatanunmannedrailwaycrossinginPadraunMudrai, about 35 km from Kushinagar, onThursdaymorning. Fourchildrenandthedriverof thevanare reported to be critical, and have been admitted to the BRD Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur. The van was carrying 17 children — all students of DivineMissionSchoolinDudahi —morethandoubleitscapacity of eight passengers. The accident occurred around7am,whenthechildren were on their way to school. According to reports, when the Gorakhpur-bound passenger STATE ● 8 OF 39 MAOISTS KILLED MAY BE NEW RECRUITS, PAGE 3 train (Train No. 55075) hit the van, it dragged the vehicle for a few metres, before throwing it off the track. Dr A K Pandey, the doctor in charge of the Community Health 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 spoketotheRailMinister.Prima facie,itappearstobethedriver’s fault. He was driving with his earphones on. There is some controversy regarding his age also,” he said, amid reports that thedrivermayhavebeenunderage. As he faced protests from residents,Adityanathtoldthem, “Yeh dukhad ghatna hai... narebazi bandh kar dein... nautanki bandh karo (This is a sad incident... stop raising slogans, stop Masood Azhar aide among four militants killed in Tral: Jammu and Kashmir Police BASHAARATMASOOD 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 Jaish-eMuhammad(JeM).Policesources said Yasir was the personal security officer of JeM’s Pakistanbased chief Masood Azhar. “Operational commander of JeMMuftiYasirwasamongthose Yasir with Azhar, tweeted by J&K DGP S P Vaid killed in joint operation in upper reaches of Tral,” tweeted J&K’s Director General of Police (DGP) SPVaid,alongwithaphotograph which showed an armed Yasir with Masood Azhar. “This is a big elimination,” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, S P Pani told The Indian Express.“Hewasdefinitelyavery big commander. He was an importantperson(inJeM),”hesaid. Fourmilitants,asoldierandapoliceman were killed in an encounter in Laam forest of Tral on Tuesday. While two of the militantswereidentifiedaslocals,police had said the other two were foreigners “whose identity was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 this drama).” The BJP later claimed that he was addressing hissupporterswhowereraising slogans in his favour. The protesters squatted on therailtrackanddemandedthat railway personnel should be posted at the unmanned crossing.Inastatement,SanjayYadav, PublicInformationOfficer,North EasternRailway,saidthetrainhit the vehicle “at unmanned level crossing No 45, at about 7 am, between stations of Thawe and Kaptanganjsection.”Hesaidthe ‘gate mitra’ tried to stop the vehicle,butthe“driverdidn’tstop”. Meanwhile, following today’saccident,RailwayMinister PiyushGoyalislearnttohaveadvancedthedeadlineformanning all unmanned crossings to September12thisyear.Theoriginal deadline was March 2020. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 10 WORLD KIM WILL WALK ACROSS TO SOUTH KOREA TODAY NEWSLINE ● Answer checking system rigged in recruitment test, say police FIR: Cong seeks probe into Biplab Deb again: Not Rahul plane’s mid-air scare Diana Hayden, Aishwarya Rai face of Indian beauty 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 (VTAVH) carrying him and four others suffered “unexplained technical failures” midair, and the matter should be 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA AGARTALA, APRIL 26 AFTER HIS “Internet in the Mahabharata era” remark, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday claimed that the international beauty pageants were a farce and questioned the rationale behind crowning Diana Hayden “Miss World” 21 years ago. The BJP leader, however, was all praise for Aishwarya Rai, who won the Miss World crown in 1994, saying she “represents the Indian women” in the true sense. Tripura CM Biplab Deb “Indian women did not use cosmetics in the old times. Indians did not use shampoo, they washed their hair with methi water and bathed with mud. These beauty pageant organisers are international marketing mafia, who spotted a huge market in the country. Today, there is a beauty parlour in every corner of the country,” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR MODI ARRIVES IN CHINA, HIS GOAL CLEAR: BRIDGE THE TRUST DEFICIT EXPRESSINWUHAN 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 ques- Prime Minister Modi arrives in Wuhan. PMO/Twitter tion 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”, anarrangementfortwoconflictingsidestoco-existinpeace,that the two leaders will work on over the next two days. “The modus vivendi, which was reaffirmed and arrived at during (formerPM)RajivGandhi’s1988 visit, has frayed considerably. It has been felt on both sides that itneedstobereframed,”sources 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 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 P6 4 EX-CJIS, 4 EX-JUDGES EXPRESS CONCERN Govt has struck at 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 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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