TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE JUSTICE GOGOI DELIVERS 3RD RAMNATH GOENKA MEMORIAL LECTURE ‘Needed: Noisy judges, independent journalists, judiciary on front foot’ PRANAV MUKUL NEW DELHI, JULY 12 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Justice Ranjan Gogoi at the 3rd Ramnath Goenka Memorial Lecture in New Delhi on Thursday. Several SC judges and HC judges were present. Neeraj Priyadarshi Underlining divide between two Indias, SC’s second most senior judge called for a ‘long overdue Constitutional moment’ for judiciary to take the next step SOWMIYA ASHOK NEW DELHI, JULY 12 NOISYJUDGESandindependent journalists are democracy’s first line of defence and a revolution, not mere reform, is needed to keeptheinstitutionof thejudiciary responsive to the changes in society, the second most senior judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said here on Thursday. In line to be the Chief Justice of India, Justice Gogoi, while delivering the Third Ramnath Goenka Memorial Lecture on “The Vision of Justice”, told a packed Teen Murti Bhavan auditorium here that the judiciary was the “last bastion of hope” and it needed to be “uncontaminated”, more “proactive” and on the “front foot” to preserve its moral and institutional leverage. Quoting an article (from The Economist) titled ‘How Democracy Dies’ published in The Indian Express, he said that “...independentjudgesandnoisy journalists are democracy’s first line of defence. Reports of the death of democracy are greatly exaggerated. But the least bad system of government ever devised, is in trouble. It needs defenders.” “I agree, but will only suggest a slight modification in today’s context — not only independent judges and noisy journalists, but evenindependentjournalistsand sometimes noisyjudges,”Justice Gogoi said to loud applause. “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. So is an institution. And if introspection is where we have to begin, we might as well begin there. Perhaps, we can hope and endeavour that in the future, it is not our finality, but really the infallibility that should define us,”he said.He saidthe judiciary has been endowed with “great societal trust” and it is this fact that gives it credibility and legitimacy. “It is a very enviable spot for an institution.” Earlierthisyear,onJanuary12, JusticeGogoi,alongwiththreeof his Supreme Court colleagues, Justices J Chelameswar (now retired),MadanBLokurandKurian Joseph, had held an unprecedentedpressconferencemaking publicalettertheyhadwrittento Chief Justiceof IndiaDipakMisra inNovember,raisingquestionson various issues pertaining to the functioningof thecourt,particularlyallocationofcases.“It’sadischarge of debt to the nation which we have done,” Justice Gogoi had then said. In a talk that blended philosophy — Carl Jung and Aristotle — EXPLAINED How aircraft face, avoid collision BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY NEW DELHI, JULY 12 ON THURSDAY afternoon, after the Supreme Court had wound uptheday’shearingonthequestionofdecriminalisinghomosexuality, three young men got togethertocomparenotesoutside. They were there on behalf of a group of 20 — all IIT students andalumnifromMumbai,Delhi, ChennaiandKharagpurwhoare among the petitioners challenging Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. THE BOOK that Pakistan was waiting for is finally out. Two weeks before a make-or-break election for Imran Khan, his ex-wifeRehamKhan’sautobiography portrays the former cricketing superstar and prime ministerialhopefulasamanwholed “a bizarre life” of “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll”. Reham Khan, as the e-book released onAmazonThursday is called, also claims that the 65year-old cannot read the Quran, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Uttarakhand HC lays down law for upper caste priests LIZ MATHEW & SHALINI NAIR DEHRADUN, JULY 12 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 12 THE NATIONAL Commission for Scheduled Castes will order Aligarh Muslim University to implement the reservation policy,as requiredbyall centraluniversities, unless the AMU submits documents to prove its minority status by August, the panel’s chairman Ram Shankar Katheria told The Indian Express. “This is not Pakistan, the university has to follow the rules,” Katheria, BJP MP from Agra and former Union minister, said. Katheria said that the HRD Ministry, UGC and the National Commission for Minorities have confirmed that the AMU does not enjoy minority status. In 2016, the central government approached the Supreme Court, stating the AMU is not a minority institution, and the matter is Nodocument toprove AMU minority status: Katheria pending. “In my meeting with the AMU authorities on July 3, the Registrar and the ViceChancellor could not show a single document to prove the minoritystatusof theuniversity. We have given them a month’s time to submit the documents. But it’s clear that they do not have them,” Katheria said. “Bytheendof August,thefull committee (of the SC/ST panel) willmeetandissueanorderasking the university to provide the quota as required by all central universities. The university has around 30,000 students and 15 per cent of these seats should CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 “Two died on the spot, while theotherfourdiedatthegovernment hospital in the area. The incident occurred at 5.30 pm in an underground chamber,’’ said Ramakrishna Reddy, SubInspector, Tadipatri Rural police station,whowasamongthefirst to reach the spot. The dead have been identified as B Ranganath, K Manoj, UGangadhar,SABasha,KMSiva and G Guruviah. Officials said three of thevictims wereelectricians while the other three were fabrication workers. AT LEAST six workers died following a gas leak at the Gerdau Steel plant at Jambulapaduvillage,inTadipatri area of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh, on Thursday evening. Two other workers are reported to be critical. The mishap occurred when an underground furnace chamber was being testedafter atwoweek-long maintenance and repair work. Officials said the workers inhaled the residue of carbonmonoxideusedformaintenance work. 12 From Assam’s rice fields, 18-year-old gives India its first world gold on track THE EDITORIAL PAGE The uniform code BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT & SHWETA BHUTADA Outside the hospital in Tadipatri on Thursday. Express DIGPrabhakarRaosaidpolice have registered a case of negligence against the management. NIHAL KOSHIE NEW DELHI, JULY 12 JUST 18 months after running her first competitive race — an inter-district meet in Sivasagar, Assam — 18-year-old Hima Das hascreatedathleticshistory.The daughter of a rice farmer from Hima Das wins U-20 400 m CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Dhing village in Nagaon district, she got India its first ever track goldataglobaleventbywinning the 400 metre final at the World U20ChampionshipsinTampere, Finland. Tense on the starting block, Himastartedslowandtrailedon thehomestretch,butherblazing CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INDIAN KIDS, DRUGS: IMRAN’S EX-WIFE SPINS IT ALL IN HER BOOK CHANDIGARH, JULY 12 “We are members of an informal pan-IIT LGBTQ group called Pravritti, which has 350 members. We decided to file a petition in the end of April, collected funds for lawyers’ fees and travel costs and are now here...small players in a long history of fight for justice,” says AshrisChoudhury, a23-year-old IIT-Kharagpur alumnus. Standing next to him are Debottam Saha (26), who is finishing his PhD in IIT-Delhi, and Anwesh Pokkuluri (24), an IITMadras alumnus. They say that This isn’t Pak, AMU 6 killed in gas leak at Andhra steel plant must follow quotas: National SC panel ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR NIRUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Among voices calling for justice, a spirited chorus from IITs NEW DELHI, JULY 12 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 (LGBTQ) don’t get proper medical aid because of these prejudices and inhibitions.” Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said there is a separate wing in the Health Ministry to deal with the concerns of these sections, and they are encouraged to come forward with their problems. Justice Malhotra, however, said many were unwilling to approach doctors for fear of disclosing their sexual orientation. “That also is one reason for bisexuality. Homosexuals don’t disclose their sexuality, and due to family and societal pressure getintomarriageswiththeother sex. Then frustration develops Debottam Saha, Anwesh Pokkuluri, Ashris Choudhury, all IIT petitioners in Section 377 case. Tashi Tobgyal SOMYA LAKHANI HYDERABAD, JULY 12 11 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G STATINGTHAThomosexualityis a “variation, not an aberration”, the Supreme Court Thursday saidmembersof theLGBTQ(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community do not get proper medical care because of the“prejudices”againstthem. Hearing a clutch of petitions tostrikedownIndianPenalCode Section 377 which criminalises same-sexrelationsbetweentwo consenting adults in private, Justice Indu Malhotra, one of the five judges on the Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, said: “They Close call for 2 IndiGo aircraft in Bengaluru airspace A MID-AIR collision was averted Tuesday night in Bengaluru airspaceaftertwoIndiGoaircraft came within close range of each other, triggering their collision alarm systems. Sources told The Indian Express that the aircraft — 6E779 from Coimbatore to Hyderabad with162passengersand6E6505 from Bengaluru to Kochi with 166 passengers —werelessthan four miles apart, laterally, when the alarm was triggered. A senior official at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told The Indian Expressthattheaircraftwarnings were triggered because the rate of climbof oneof theaircraftwas on the “higher side”, adding that the vertical separation between the two aircraft was 950 feet. “It falls in Category C airprox (aircraft proximity) and was not a serious one,” the official said. However, industry insiders suggestedthatattheclosestseparation point, the vertical distancebetweenthetwoplanes wasanywherebetween200feet and 475 feet. Based on rules prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the DGCA has laid down classificationsof aircraftproximity based on distance between the aircraft as well as their relative positions and speeds. This is divided into four categories — Category A being the most serious one and Category D bearing the least risk. “The ATC asked one of the aircraft to climb to 36,000 feet and the other to climb to 28,000 feet. At around 27,000 feet, both theaircraftcamewithintheseparation that activated the TCAS SC signal on Sec 377: Being gay is variation, not an aberration believes in black magic, and had confessed that he has “some” illegitimate Indian children. Prime Minister Narendra Modifindsatangentialreference in the book, which is mostly a damaging portrayal of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader, who believes he is on course to forming the government after the July 25 election. How this book will affect Imran’sprospectsisnotclear.But for the Pakistan Muslim League (N), which is reeling under the conviction and sentencing of its leader Nawaz Sharif, and his daughter and political heir Maryam Nawaz — both reach Lahore from London Friday — the book must be music to the ears. More so, as it includes a brief description of Nawaz’s brother Shahbaz,whohastakenoverthe party, as a no-nonsense and “professional” leader. She also describes Nawaz’s daughter as a brave woman politician, with none of the airs of a political dynast, who gets up to open the door herself to those waiting outside her room. FromImran’seatinghabitsto his purported sexuality, the selfpublishedbookstopsatnothing. There has been no reaction yet from Imran Khan or any of his Imran Khan married Reham Khan in 2015. File rivals to the book, although the contents are enjoying an outing in all Pakistani media. It was Imran’s dogged pursuit of the Panama Papers leak that led to Nawaz’s disqualification and conviction. In an election that has seen much drama but very little campaigning, Reham’s book has thrownanotherspicyif salacious variable to the mix of hyperactive chief justice, “farishtey” (angels) and “khalai makhlooq” (extra terrestrials) — terms used by Nawaz Sharif to obliquely allege meddling by the military and intelligence services in this election — and jihadis. The former journalist, who was married once to a UK-based doctor, but walked out of what she calls a violent and abusive marriage, met Imran when she arrived in Pakistan to take up a job with a TV station after a stint with the BBC in the UK. She says she fell for “his persistent and convincing courtship”. After they were married secretly six months before a publicly announced wedding in 2015, Reham claims, Imran told her that he had “5 in total” illegitimate children, and that “some were Indians” and the eldest of them was 34 years old. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KAVITA UPADHYAY THEUTTARAKHANDHighCourt has ruled that no “high caste” priest can refuse to perform religious ceremonies for those belonging to “lower castes”. It has also warned against barring entry of “lower castes” to temples,andruledthatanyqualified person, irrespective of his caste, can be appointed as “poojari”. “The high caste priests throughout the state of Uttarakhand shall not refuse to perform religious ceremonies, pujas or rituals on behalf of members belonging to lower castes in all the religious places/ temples,” said a division bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Lok Pal Singh. “All persons, irrespective of their caste, are permitted to enter any temple throughout the state of Uttarakhand without any discrimination,” it said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 14 WORLD PAKDETAINS HUNDREDSOF SHARIFPARTY ACTIVISTS TRUMP CLAIMS VICTORY AFTER FORCING NATO CRISIS TALKS
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