TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA CJI calls Collegium next week on return of Justice Joseph file SUSHANT SINGH NEW DELHI, APRIL 27 THEFIVE-MEMBERCollegiumis likely to meet next Wednesday toconsiderthegovernment’sdecision 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 meetingof theCollegiumandindicated it to other members Friday. The Supreme Court will reopen Tuesday after the weekend and Buddha Purnima Monday. No formal agenda for the 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE INFORMAL SINO-INDIAN SUMMIT Xi, Modi start talks: Vast space, hope to take ties to a new level Collegiummeetinghasbeencirculated 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 independenceof thejudiciary,particularly in the case of Justice Joseph. Stating that the government’saction“strikesatthevery heartof theindependenceof 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 EXPRESSINWUHAN SHUBHAJIT ROY APRIL 27 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CJI IS MASTER OF ROSTER: A-G PAGE 6 The Naga’s right to know By MONALISA CHANGKIJA Justice Indu Malhotra A STEP IN HISTORY takes oath, starts SC innings with CJI bench 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 hopethattheywillreacha“com- 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, PAGE15 SOWMIYA ASHOK First woman directly elevated from the Bar NEW DELHI, APRIL 27 IT IS nearing 9 am, and there is anairof excitementoutsideIndu Malhotra’shouseinLajpatNagar. Ashok Singh, the guard, has instructionsnottoallowanyunauthorised person inside. He knows that Malhotra is being sworn in as a Supreme Court judgetoday,buthecan’tremember how he got to know. Dinesh, thecook,sawthenewsontelevision, 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-inceremonywillbegin shortly.“Thereshouldbenoclappingorsloganshouting,”hesays. SC stays Kathua trial until May 7 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, APRIL 27 THE SUPREME Court Friday stayedthetrialintheKathuagangrape and murder case while agreeing to examine the plea of theminorvictim’sfatherseeking transferoftrialpresentlypending in Jammu and Kashmir to Chandigarh.Thecourtalsoagreed 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 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 Justiceof IndiaDipakMisra leads a procession of judges into thecourtroom.Malhotraisinthe 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)hasissuedshowcausenotices to nine faculty members based on a complaint that they canvassed for anti-BJP candidates, including Congress MLA Alpesh Thakore, Independent MLAJigneshMevaniandPatidar leader Hardik Patel, during the stateassemblyelectionslastyear. 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’ organisationaffiliatedtotheRSS, 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 Six women among 8 Maoists killed in Bijapur encounter DIPANKAR GHOSE RAIPUR, APRIL 27 AT LEAST eight Maoists, including six women, were killed in a joint operation Friday led by the Greyhounds, Telangana’s elite anti-Naxalunit,andaidedbythe ChhattisgarhpoliceandtheCRPF in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. While no police casualtieswerereported,theoperation comes just days after 39 MaoistswerekilledinGadchiroli in Maharashtra, which borders Bijapur. SeniorpoliceofficialstoldThe Indian Express that the operation was launched on Monday based on specific intelligence. The The bodies were brought to Bijapur by an IAF chopper. Greyhounds were operationalised from Venkatpuram, while the CRPF and the Chhattisgarh Police were sent from camps in Usoor and Avapalli in South Bijapur. D M Awasthi, Special DG Anti-Naxal Operations Chhattisgarh said, “The forces, from Telangana, and Chhattisgarh were sent out for the operation on Monday. After four days there was an exchange of fire lasting close to two hours which began around 6 am on Friday. The encounter spot is 13 km from Ilmidi police station on a very remote hillock which was thus far considered a safe zone for Maoists.” Police said eight bodies were recovered by security personnel, with Awasthi adding that “they may have been more deaths or injuries to the Maoists.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR IN CAUVERY COUNTRY, A FARMER’S SON TO LEAD HIS FATHER’S BATTLE Popular leader KSP died in February, his son Darshan’s firm has branches in four countries 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 manysoftwareengineerssold on the American dream. But Darshan Puttanaiah is back in Melukote—this time, asanelectoral candidate, having been wrenched out of his 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 DECISION 2018 KARNATAKA classroom election. This is very newforme.Butthepeopleof the constituencywantedmetocarry 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. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE 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 7 mon,newandimportantunderstanding that will help take our relationship to the next level”. Officials from both sides indicated that they were working on a new framework, described asa“modusvivendi”orarrangementtobridgethestrategictrust deficit. Whileajointdocumentisnot being ruled out, Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale is likely to articulate the government’stakeawaysafterthesummit 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 betweenthetwowithout 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 Delhimagistrate,inwhosecourt 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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