LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `4.00 ● TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM TheIndian EXPRESS JOURNALISM OF COURAGE OATH-TAKING TODAY Justice K M Joseph’s downgrade: SC judges meet Chief Justice to register their ‘anguish’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Moves to SC from Uttarakhand High Court NEW DELHI, AUGUST 6 SOME JUDGES of the Supreme Court Monday met Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra to convey their “anguish” over the government’s decision placing Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Joseph low in the seniority list for appointment to the apex court. Highly placed sources said the judges took up the matter with the CJI in the morning and urged him to do the needful. CJI Misra assured them that he would discuss it with the 4 14 EXPLAINED How is seniority in SC decided? Attorney General and take it up with the government. Later in the afternoon, the CJI met AG K K Venugopal who apprised him of the legal procedure involved. Justice K M Joseph, with former Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and former Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran, are due to take oath as judges of the Supreme Court Tuesday. A section of the judges were disturbed how Justice K M Joseph appeared third as per the warrant for appointment issued BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY AG met CJI, Govt claims it followed all-India seniority RAVISH TIWARI NEW DELHI, AUGUST 6 HOURS AFTER a few Supreme Court judges approached Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra to express their “anguish” over the “downgrade” of Justice K M Joseph, Attorney General of India K K Venugopal is learnt to have met the CJI to “clarify” the seniority issue. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 “He explained the legal precedents on this matter to the CJI,” said a source aware of the AG’s meeting with the CJI. Official sources suggested that the government may have gone by a “transparent” principle, “backed by precedent” that gives primacy to the all-India seniority of High Court Judges. According to this, Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Art 35A: Let 3 judges decide if we need a larger bench, says SC GUJARAT WITH RAINFALL DEFICIT, KHARIF SOWING FALLS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 6 The Gujarat State Higher Secondary Teachers Federation (GSHSTF), with nearly 35,000 members, said it supported the board’s move. “We know there are many teachers who do not do their job properly. Even during our district and state-level education seminars, we tell our teachers to evaluate all answer sheets thinking that they were THE SUPREME Court Monday deferred hearing on petitions challenging Article 35A of the Constitution to the last week of August after both the Centre and Centre-ruled J&K administration sought adjournment of proceedings, citing ongoing preparations for local body polls. A day earlier, Kashmir Valley observed an unprecedented shutdown with mainstream political parties and separatists warning of a mass agitation if the Act is tinkered with. A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar adjourned the hearing Monday, saying a threejudge bench needs to decide whether it should be referred to a Constitution Bench. “Let the matter be listed before a three-judge bench in the week commencing August 27 to determine whether it should be heard by a Constitution Bench or not,” the judges said. Article 35A empowers the J&K legislature to define permanent residents of the state. It was CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Amit Chakravarty P9 Gujarat to name and shame teachers for mistakes in school test evaluation SOURAV ROY BARMAN NEW DELHI, AUGUST 6 BJP MLA O P Sharma caused an uproar in the Delhi assembly Monday with his alleged derogatory remarks against AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, prompting Speaker Ram Niwas Goel to refer the matter to the privileges committee for examination, investigation and report. Sharma’s remarks were expunged from House records. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit out at Sharma and the BJP, saying the words used formed part of a “design to divide India” on religious lines. Khan, on his part, claimed that Sharma had used a similar disparaging word against him in 2015 as well. When contacted, Sharma, MLA from Vishwas Nagar, said he did not require any “certificate of patriotism” from Kejriwal who had “questioned the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army and also sided with students of JNU who raised antinational slogans”. “I used the term terrorist and will use it again. I used it in the context of him creating an atmosphere of terror in the House by shouting down the voice of the Opposition. Is this not a kind of terrorism?” Sharma said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE RITU SHARMA AHMEDABAD, AUGUST 6 THE GUJARAT government has decided to publish in its education monthly journal the names of over 6,000 teachers who were found to have committed errors while evaluating the answer sheets of students who had appeared for the Class 10 and Class 12 board exams. The decision is in line with a series of actions taken by the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) against what they call “repeat offenders”. The 6,634 names were shortlisted from nearly 20,000 evaluators deployed for evaluation ofanswer sheets in the science and general stream, officials said. The final number includes those whose evaluation was found during verification to have been faulty by ten marks or more, they said. The list will be published across two editions of the GSHSEB journal ‘Shikshan Ane Parikshan’. The board publishes over 17,000 copies of the journal every month, which is subscribed to by all secondary and higher secondary schools affiliated to it. THE ENCOUNTER SITE DIPANKAR GHOSE RAIPUR, AUGUST 6 CHHATTISGARH IN WHAT is among the biggest operations in the state, the Chhattisgarh Police Monday said that 15 Maoists had been killed in an encounter in the Konta region of Sukma. Senior police officers said that the operation was launched based on specific intelligence on Sunday night and that two alleged Maoists, one of them a woman who was shot in the leg, and an area committee member carrying a Rs 5-lakh warrant, have been held. With 15 killed in the operation early Monday morning, 86 Maoists have been killed in Chhattisgarh so far in 2018. Sources also said that a “larger operation” is also presently underway at Sukma district, which also involved the CRPF’s elite CoBRA battalion. The encounter comes just two weeks after the Dantewada Police killed eight alleged Maoists in the Timenar forests of Bijapur. In 2012, the CRPF and the Chhattisgarh Police had claimed the deaths of 17 alleged Maoists in Sarkeguda in Bijapur, in an encounter which was then called fake by villagers and activists, with a commission of inquiry on the case still in progress. DM Awasthi, Special DG, Anti Naxal Operations, said that on Sunday night, an operation had been launched by the Sukma District Reserve Guard (DRG) Odisha Nalkatong Konta Golapalli Andhra Pradesh and the Special Task Force (STF). “Around 200 personnel were involved in the operation, and based on specific intelligence, travelled to a place near Nalkatong village, which is an extremely difficult area. The spot is at a trijunction. It is around 20 km north-west from Konta, 18 km south-east from Bhejji and Golapalli. Two teams were sent on Sunday night,” he said. Awasthi said that the teams were operating based on information that a camp had been set up by Maoist cadres of the Gompad, Belponcha, and Balatong militia formations. “The teams reached their locations late on Sunday night, and a little after 7 am, there was an exchange of fire that lasted for close to an hour. Once the exchange of fire broke out, we sent another team as reinforcements from Bhejji. We recovered 15 bodies from the encounter, and 16 weapons including one 12-bore and one 315-bore rifle,” Awasthi said. While 14 are yet to be identified, one of those killed has been CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJP MLA’s derogatory word for AAP CLASS PROTEST MLA sparks A school in Pathri, Maharashtra, where Maratha students have boycotted classes to back the quota demand. row in House O P Sharma outside Delhi Assembly. Prem Nath Pandey 15 Maoists killed in Sukma encounter, another security operation underway Telangana DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA GOVT & POLITICS CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 PAGE 9 ● ‘I HAVE WORKED VERY HARD... WILL NOT USE CONGRESS AS BENCHMARK’ Muzaffarpur echo in Deoria: ‘Char baje jaati thi, subah aati thi’ Headgear heartbreak NRC season, Meghalaya steps ends dangal star’s up checks on Assam border global debut in Turkey ABHISHEK SAHA The Uttar Pradesh probe team arrives on Monday. PTI BYRNIHAT, AUGUST 6 VINAY SIWACH NEW DELHI, AUGUST 6 INDIA’S BIGGEST dangal star Jashkawar Gill failed to make his much-awaited international debut after organisers of a world ranking tournament in Turkey didn’t allow him to take the mat wearing his patka. International wrestling rules allow players to wear headgear that don’t harm opponents during bouts. But in Istanbul on July 28, the referee’s insistence that Gill tie his hair like women competitors, and the 25-year-old Sikh wrestler’s refusal citing religious beliefs, resulted in a walkover for his first-round rival. Referee didn’t let Jassa Patti take the mat With the international body, United World Wrestling (UWW), and the host association in Turkey passing the buck over the debacle, Indian officials accompanying the squad said their pleas went unheard. For Gill, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 L SYIEM, the policeman in charge of a Meghalaya anti-infiltration outpost at Byrnihat on the Guwahati-Shillong route, and two of his associates whistle to flag down a passing sedan taxi. He asks the tourist family and the driver inside about where they have come from, requests for identification and peeps inside the car. Minutes later, he is satisfied and signals to the driver to go ahead. Syiem lets a few Assam-registered private cars go through after asking them to slow down but stops public vehicles and taxis on the highway that winds its way through the hills. 24 girls rescued, shelter owners held, DM shifted as UP govt opens probe MAULSHREE SETH Police check taxis on Guwahati-Shillong road. Abhishek Saha 12 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Beginnings and endings By UDAYON MISRA A week after the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published, in which more than 40 lakh people were excluded, the Meghalaya police have stepped-up checks at its borders to stop “illegal foreigners”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DEORIA, AUGUST 6 “Badi Ma’am le jaati thi. Kabhi safed, lal, kaali gaadi aati thi... Char baje jaati thi... subah aati thi... Didi subah kuch nahi kehti thi... uski aankh sooj aati thi (Senior Ma’am used to take them. Sometime a white car, a red or a black car would come. They would leave at 4 pm and return in the morning. Didi wouldn’t speak in the morn- ing, her eyes would be swollen).” This is what a 10-year-old girl told police when she showed up at a mahila police station Sunday night, saying she had fled from a shelter for girls. Her account that suggested sexual abuse of girls at the shelter, similar to the Muzaffarpur case in neighbouring Bihar, made police sit up. A raid was conducted at the shelter and 24 girls were rescued. A search is on for 18 others believed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR MRS G’S EYES AND EARS, HE KNEW TOO MUCH BUT KEPT SILENT COOMI KAPOOR ● PEPSICO CEO INDRA NOOYI TO STEP DOWN, P 17 ● DECLINE IN KARUNANIDHI’S HEALTH, SAYS HOSPITAL, P 9 NEW DELHI, AUGUST 6 INDIRA GANDHI’S close confidant R K Dhawan, who passed away in New Delhi Monday at age 81, told me several years ago that he was writing his memoirs. Had the man, who was Indira Gandhi’s Man Friday for over a decade, really opened up about his pivotal role in government and politics of the Seventies and Eighties, it would have been an explosive tell-all. Because Dhawan retained copies of key documents during his long tenure as Mrs Gandhi’s trusted minion. For instance — and the secret can now be told — it was Dhawan who handed me a handwritten letter of Siddhartha Shankar Ray, outlining to Indira Gandhi what steps should be taken to impose Emergency. That letter, written in January 1975, six months before Emergency was imposed, found place in my book The Emergency. But the man who knew too much generally kept silent, and guarded the secrets of the country’s first family. For his loyalty and discretion, Dhawan was permitted to wield enormous power by Mrs Gandhi, particularly Dhawan (right) with Mrs Gandhi at the Delhi hospital where Sanjay Gandhi was declared dead on June 23, 1980. File/S. Paul during the Emergency and later when Mrs Gandhi was voted back as Prime Minister in 1980. Dhawan worked 24 hours and it was he who conveyed Mrs Gandhi’s orders, even to senior officials and her cabinet ministers. By dint of his hard work, trustworthiness and obsequious manner, he became her eyes and ears and made himself indispensable, both to her and her son Sanjay. He operated from the Prime Minister’s residence and his enemies claimed that by acting as her gatekeeper, deciding who got to meet the Prime Minister, he became one of the most pow- erful men in the country. Dhawan, however, insisted that he never acted on his own initiative. Whatever the truth, in his heyday, Dhawan’s word carried the authority of the Prime Minister. Operating through Dhawan, Sanjay Gandhi managed to interfere to the extent that he did in government affairs. Dhawan even advised Sanjay who to pick for key positions in government. They began calling the shots between 1975 and 1977 and were referred to, derisively by Mrs Gandhi’s senior officials, as “the palace guards”. Eventually, the Prime Minister’s official secretariat was marginalised and it was the palace guards who ruled the roost. Bishan Tandon, Joint Secretary to Indira Gandhi, once noted in his diary: “Soon nearly every single appointment which went to the PM for approval was decided on the basis of recommendations of the palace guards. When files now reach her, she does not even bother to read them.’’ Dhawan gained entry into the Nehru-Gandhi family as Yashpal Kapoor’s first cousin. Kapoor was well entrenched in the household. Dhawan started CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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