TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM JOURNALISM OF COURAGE OATH-TAKING TODAY Justice K M Joseph’s downgrade: SC judges meet Chief Justice to register their ‘anguish’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 6 SOME JUDGES of the Supreme Court Monday met Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra to convey their “anguish” over the government’s decision placing Uttarakhand Chief Justice K M Josephlowinthesenioritylistfor 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 Justice K M Joseph 6 EXPLAINED How seniority is decided in Supreme Court Attorney General and take it up with the government. Later in the afternoon, the CJI met AG K K Venugopal who apprisedhimof thelegalprocedure involved. Justice K M Joseph, with former Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and former Orissa High Chief Justice Vineet Saran, are due to take oath as judges of the Supreme Court Tuesday morning. 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 ● NITISH REJECTS DEMAND FOR MINISTER’S RESIGNATION P 3 ● SUSPECTED LASHKAR HANDLER HELD BY NIA AT DELHI AIRPORT P4 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 6 A school in Pathri, Maharashtra, where Maratha students have boycotted classes to back the quota demand. Amit Chakravarty Maratha quota: Parents protest by keeping kids away from school O P Sharma outside Delhi Assembly. Prem Nath Pandey SHUBHANGI KHAPRE SOURAV ROY BARMAN AROUND 45 km from the Parbhani district headquarters in Marathwada, where protests demanding reservation in education and jobs have crossed 19 days, it’s a show of strength by numbers — only five students NEW DELHI, AUGUST 6 BJP MLA O P Sharma caused an uproar in the Delhi assembly Mondaywithhisallegedderogatory 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 “certificateof patriotism”fromKejriwal 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 7 WORLD CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Need to see if challenge to Art 35A for J&K should go to big bench, says SC EXPRESS NETWORK BJP MLA’s derogatory word for AAP MLA sparks row in House “He explained the legal precedents on the 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 PATHRI (PARBHANI), AUGUST 6 haveturnedupinazillaparishad primary school of 37. This is Takalgaon village in Pathri taluka where the Sakal Maratha Sangh, which is spearheading the Maratha protests, took a decision four days ago to notsenttheirchildrentoschools as part of the agitation. In Pathri, over 15,000 children — about 9,000 from the Maratha community — get free Dangal star’s global debut ends in headgear heartbreak 10,000 and some up to Rs 4 lakh for their children to pursue professional courses, including engineering. But after completing their studies, the youths remain jobless. And they refuse to work in the fields,” said an official. “There is a growing feeling among the community in rural areas that educating children serves no purpose if they don’t CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 No change in BJP’s election strategy, says CM Raje DEEP MUKHERJEE DUNGARPUR, 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 doesn’t harm an opponent during a bout. But in Istanbul on July 28, the referee’s insistence that Gill tie his hair like women competitors,andthe25-year-old Sikh wrestler’s refusal citing religious beliefs, resulted in a walkoverforhisfirst-roundrival. education from Class 1 to Class 10 in 105 zilla parishad schools. “But all Maratha parents have taken the decision that the school boycott will continue till our reservation demand is fulfilled,” says Vaijanath Mahipal, Takalgaon sarpanch. Officials and local residents estimate that almost 80 per cent of MarathasinPathriarefarmers. “They spend a minimum of Rs THE SUPREME Court Monday deferred hearing on petitions challenging Article 35A of the Constitution to the last week of AugustafterboththeCentreand Centre-ruledJ&Kadministration soughtadjournmentof proceedings,citingongoingpreparations for local body polls. A day earlier, Kashmir Valley observed an unprecedented shutdown with mainstream political parties and separatists warningof amassagitationif 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 heardbyaConstitutionBenchor not,” the judges said. Article 35A empowers the J&K legislature to define permanent residents of the state. It was added through the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Jashkawar Gill With the international body, United World Wrestling (UWW),andthehostassociation in Turkey passing the buck over the debacle, Indian officials accompanyingthesquadsaidtheir pleas went unheard. For Gill, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DISMISSING SPECULATION on Opposition parties forming a “grandalliance”totakeontheBJP ahead of the assembly elections later this year, Rajasthan Chief MinisterVasundharaRajesaidon Monday that her party has not changed its strategy after its defeat in the recent bypolls. “We are proceeding exactly accordingtoourownstrategy,as it was before and as it is after,” she said in an interview to The Indian Express during her 40day-long Gaurav Yatra. Asked if a grand Opposition alliance could stop the BJP, she replied:“Thesethingsdon’thappen just like that. It’s not a joke.” Raje in Dungarpur on Monday. PTI Rajesaidthetoppollissuesof hergovernmentwereeducation and women empowerment, health, and providing employment opportunities. While she has taken out two yatras in the past (2003 and INTERVIEW, PAGE 3 2013),Rajesaidthe“thirdyatrais about telling them (people) that we actually did it, we achieved it, and if we can achieve this, whichisthesimplefirstlayer,we will achieve the next and the next one too.” 15 Maoists killed in Sukma encounter, another major operation is on WHERE 4 STATES MEET DIPANKAR GHOSE RAIPUR, AUGUST 6 IN WHAT is among the biggest operations in the state, the ChhattisgarhPoliceMondaysaid that 15 Maoists had been killed in an encounter in the Konta region of Sukma. Senior police officials said that the operation was launched based on specific intelligenceonSundaynightand that two alleged Maoists, one of them a woman who was shot in the leg, and an area committee member carrying a Rs five 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 underway at Sukma district, which also involved the CRPF’s elite CoBRA battalion. The encounter comes just two weeks after the Dantewada Police allegedly killed eight MaoistsintheTimenarforestsof 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 inquiryonthecasestillinprogress. DMAwasthi,SpecialDG,Anti Naxal Operations said that on Sunday night, an operation had been launched by the Sukma District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Special Task Force (STF). “Around200personnelwerein- 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE CHHATTISGARH Telangana DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Nalkatong Golapalli Odisha Konta AndhraPradesh volved in the operation, and based on specific intelligence, travelled to a place near Nalkatong village, which is an extremelydifficultarea.Thespot 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 informationthatacamphadbeenset 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 exchangeof firethatlastedforclose to an hour. Once the exchange of fire broke out, we sent another team as reinforcements from Bhejji. We recovered 15 dead bodies from the encounter, and 16 weapons including one 12bore and one 315-bore rifle,” Awasthi said. While 14 are yet to be identified, one of those killed has been identifiedasVanjamHunga,commander of a militia formation. Senior police officials also said that two Maoists, one CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Beginnings and endings BY UDAYON MISRA Muzaffarpur echo in Deoria: 24 girls freed, alarm bells unheard EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LUCKNOW, AUGUST 6 ASBIHARprobestheallegedsexual abuse of girls at an NGO-run shelter in Muzaffarpur, police in UttarPradeshsaidtheyhaverescued 24 girls from a shelter in Deoria following allegations of abuse. A search is on for 18 others believed to have been inmates there. Deoria Superintendent of Police Rohan P Kanay said: “Twenty-fourgirlswererescued yesterday from the shelter... which has 42 inmates. Eighteen inmates are still missing. We have sealed it.” Three persons, including a couple who ran the shelter,havesofarbeenarrested. UP Minister for Women and Child Welfare Rita Bahuguna Joshi told reporters in Lucknow that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had taken serious note of the matter and ordered the immediate transfer of the DeoriaDistrictMagistrate.Onthe directions of the Chief Minister, Joshi said, a high-level probe teamhadbeensenttoDeoriafor an on-the-spot inquiry. AccordingtoJoshi,therecognition of the NGO running the shelter was revoked a year ago and funds were stopped. “We will probe how it was functioning till now, and see who is responsible for this,” she said. The details of activities at the shelterhomecametolightwhen a 10-year-old girl managed to flee from there. She reached a woman police station and informed them about the plight of theinmates.“Manytimeswhite, black and red cars used to come and take away the girls. When they returned in the morning, theyusedtocry,”thegirlalleged. She belongs to a town in Bihar. ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar said: “The entire matter will be investigated and the localadministrationisalreadytaking action. The Women and ChildDevelopmentDepartment is also coordinating. The inquiry will be done under proper legal procedure.” The medical tests of the children would be made by a woman doctor and statements recorded before a magistrate, Anand said. — WITH PTI ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR MRS G’S EYES AND EARS, HE KNEW TOO MUCH BUT KEPT SILENT ‘CHEFOFTHE CENTURY’,JOEL ROBUCHON, DIESAT73 SAUDI ARABIA EXPELS CANADA ENVOY OVER CRITICISM OF RIGHTS COOMI KAPOOR 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 thathewaswritinghismemoirs. 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 anddiscretion,Dhawanwaspermittedtowieldenormouspower by Mrs Gandhi, particularly dur- Indira Gandhi with R K Dhawan (right). Express archive ing the Emergency and later when Mrs Gandhi was voted back as Prime Minister in 1980. Dhawan worked 24 hours anditwashewhoconveyedMrs Gandhi’s orders, even to senior officials and her cabinet ministers. By dint of his hard work, trustworthinessandobsequious manner,hebecamehereyesand earsandmadehimself 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, hebecameoneof themostpow- 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, SanjayGandhimanagedtointerfere 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 Jaipur Minister’sofficialsecretariatwas 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 everysingleappointmentwhich went to the PM for approval was decided on the basis of recommendationsof thepalaceguards. 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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