LATE CITY, 20 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA INFORMAL SINO-INDIAN SUMMIT CJI calls Collegium next week on return of Justice Joseph file SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, APRIL 27 THE FIVE-MEMBER Collegium is likely to meet next Wednesday to consider the government’s decision to return the name of Justice K M Joseph, Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court, for elevation to the Supreme Court. Sources told The Indian Express that Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra decided next Wednesday as the day for the meeting of the Collegium and indicated it to other members Friday. The Supreme Court will reopen Tuesday after the weekend and Buddha Purnima Monday. No formal agenda for the 8 Xi, Modi start talks: Vast space, hope to take ties to a new level Collegium meeting has been circulated so far but it is widely expected to be about the reconsideration of Justice Joseph’s name for elevation to the Supreme Court. Pressure has been mounting on CJI Misra to stand up to the government to preserve the independence of the judiciary, particularly in the case of Justice Joseph. Stating that the government’s action “strikes at the very heart of the independence of the judiciary”, former CJI RM Lodha had told The Indian Express PM’s 5 pillars: Thought, communication, cooperation, dream, commitment BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY EXPRESSIN WUHAN SHUBHAJIT ROY APRIL 27 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN A rare acknowledgement of India’s role in global affairs, Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday said the influence of India and China was increasing steadily in the region and the world, and that there was “vast space” and a “bright future” for bilateral cooperation. In remarks after two hours of conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first day of their “informal summit” in Wuhan, Xi expressed hope that they will reach a “com- CJI IS MASTER OF ROSTER: A-G PAGE 6 The Naga’s right to know THE EDITORIAL PAGE By MONALISA CHANGKIJA Justice Indu Malhotra A STEP IN HISTORY takes oath, starts SC innings with CJI bench ECONOMY North Korea’s Kim Jong Un with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in at Panmunjom, inside the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, Friday. Reuters REPORTS, PAGE 12 SOWMIYA ASHOK First woman directly elevated from the Bar NEW DELHI, APRIL 27 IT IS nearing 9 am, and there is an air of excitement outside Indu Malhotra’s house in Lajpat Nagar. Ashok Singh, the guard, has instructions not to allow any unauthorised person inside. He knows that Malhotra is being sworn in as a Supreme Court judge today, but he can’t remember how he got to know. Dinesh, the cook, saw the news on television, and Asritha Lakra, a helper at the residence, was told by Malhotra’s sister. A little later, Malhotra leaves for the Supreme Court. At 10.25 am, inside Court No. 1, a man announces that the swearing-in ceremony will begin shortly. “There should be no clapping or slogan shouting,” he says. The courtroom is packed. “Today, women should be allowed, men can get out,” says a woman lawyer, who is trying to make her way into the crowd. “Madam, how much percentage of women should be there,” asks a male lawyer. But everyone grows quiet as Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra leads a procession of judges into the courtroom. Malhotra is in the back row, next to Justice Navin Sinha, and just behind Justices Sharad Bobde and Arun Mishra. In the next 10 minutes, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 After complaint, 9 Gujarat varsity teachers asked: why did you attend Cong event? RITU SHARMA & RITIKA CHOPRA GANDHINAGAR, NEW DELHI, APRIL 27 IN AN unprecedented move, the Central University of Gujarat (CUG) has issued showcause notices to nine faculty members based on a complaint that they canvassed for anti-BJP candidates, including Congress MLA Alpesh Thakore, Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani and Patidar leader Hardik Patel, during the state assembly elections last year. The university’s order comes despite the fact that the antecedents of the complaint, which also blames the teachers for attending a Congress event, remain unclear. The unsigned complaint is written in English on a letterhead of the ABVP, the students’ organisation affiliated to the RSS, with the line, “Students of ABVP of CUG”, at the end. However, when contacted by The Indian Express, the ABVP’s CUG CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SC stays Ishrat encounter case: CBI opposes Kathua trial Vanzara, Amin’s discharge pleas until May 7 SATISH JHA AHMEDABAD, APRIL 27 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, APRIL 27 THE SUPREME Court Friday stayed the trial in the Kathua gangrape and murder case while agreeing to examine the plea of the minor victim’s father seeking transfer oftrial presently pending in Jammu and Kashmir to Chandigarh. The court also agreed to hear the plea of the accused to transfer the probe to the CBI. Hearing the transfer plea filed by the father of the eightyear-old victim, who belongs to the nomadic Bakerwal community, a bench of Chief Justice of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which filed its reply in the special court on Friday, opposed the discharge pleas of former IPS officer DG Vanzara and former Superintendent of Police NK Amin in the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case. The probe agency has said it has enough evidence against the two. Vanzara and Amin had moved court, seeking their discharge when their then superior officer, retired DGP PP Pandey, was discharged by the special court. In the reply, the CBI has categorically denied Vanzara’s claim that it ever summoned the then Former Superintendent of Police NK Amin (left), former IPS DG Vanzara chief minister Narendra Modi, now the Prime Minister, or questioned him in this case. The fivepage reply states that the averments mentioned in the paragraph 41 of Vanzara’s plea is “false, baseless and denied”. Vanzara had claimed in his plea, “The fact also remains that the then chief minister and present Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also called by the I O (investigating officer) and was interrogated. However, such material is not placed on record of this case. The fact remains that it was the intention of the then investigating team, which had included one Satish Verma, IPS, ... to reach the then chief minister of the state and to rope him as the accused in this case, and for that purpose the story of this whole chargesheet is created and concocted.” Opposing the discharge plea, the CBI, in its reply, also denies Vanzara’s claim that the investigation was “politically motivated” and “with a view to topple the democratically elected government”. It also denied Vanzara’s claim that the “entire CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN CAUVERY COUNTRY, A FARMER’S SON BACK FROM DENVER TO ‘FIGHT MY FATHER’S FIGHT’ Popular leader KSP died in February, his son Darshan owns software firm AMRITA DUTTA PANDAVAPURA (MANDYA), APRIL 27 SIXTEEN YEARS ago, he was a farmer’s son who knew he had to look beyond agriculture for a better life. And so, he left — one of many software engineers sold on the American dream. But Darshan Puttanaiah is back in Melukote — this time, as an electoral candidate, having been wrenched out ofhis life in Denver, USA by the sudden death of his father and farmer leader, K S Puttanaiah, in February this year. “I have not even contested a classroom election. This is very new for me. But the people of the JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DECISION 2018 KARNATAKA constituency wanted me to carry on my father’s work,” he says, as he takes a break at the Swaraj India party office in Pandavapura. Puttanaiah or KSP, as the immensely popular farmer leader was known in these parts, was the MLA from Melukote. His party, the Sarvodaya Karnataka Paksha, merged with Swaraj India last year. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 I have not even contested a classroom election, this is very new for me: Darshan Puttanaiah Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan on Friday. PTI RELATED REPORT, PAGE 10 mon, new and important understanding that will help take our relationship to the next level”. Officials from both sides indicated that they were working on a new framework, described as a “modus vivendi” or arrangement to bridge the strategic trust deficit. While a joint document is not being ruled out, Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale is likely to articulate the government’s takeaways after the summit Saturday. As reported by The Indian Express, the two sides are working on a framework to mend NEW DELHI, APRIL 27 ● 8.55% FIXED AS EPFO RATE P 13 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘Our worst 20 days’: 72-yr-old sent to mental facility for losing temper PRITAM PAL SINGH ● ADITYA GHOSH LEAVES INDIGO strained ties over the recent years, especially during the Doklam crisis. If finalised, the framework would outline the “principles” of engagement between the two without dwelling on specific issues. Speaking before the start of “THOSE 20 days were the worst of our lives. Had my father not been released for another 10 days, we would have lost him forever,” said Ram Kumar’s son Ravinder. For 20 days starting Nove- HC said sorry to Ram Kumar mber 3, 2017, 72-year-old Ram Kumar was confined to the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) on three successive orders by a Delhi magistrate, in whose court Kumar, frustrated over the slow pace of trial, had lost his temper. He was released only on November 25 after his family CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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