TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, KOLKATA `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● 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 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 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 11 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 apprisedhimof thelegalprocedure 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 WEST BENGAL PG 3 ● HEAVY RAIN IN BANKURA LEAVES 1 DEAD EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 6 BJP MLA’s derogatory word for AAP MLA sparks row in House A school in Pathri, Maharashtra, where Maratha students have boycotted classes to back the quota demand. Amit Chakravarty Maratha quota: Parents protest by keeping children 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 INSIDE PATHRI (PARBHANI), AUGUST 6 INDRA NOOYI TO STEP DOWN, P15 ● DECLINE IN KARUNANIDHI’S HEALTH, SAYS HOSPITAL, P 6 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 ofMarathasinPathriarefarmers. “They spend a minimum of Rs 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 workinthefields,”saysanofficial. “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 THE ENCOUNTER SITE DIPANKAR GHOSE RAIPUR, AUGUST 6 CHHATTISGARH 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 officers 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 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 Maoistsinthe Timenar forestsof 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) GOVT & POLITICS Odisha Nalkatong Golapalli Konta AndhraPradesh and the Special Task Force (STF). “Around200 personnel were involved 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 informationthat a camphad 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 exchangeof firethatlastedforclose 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 6 PAGE 6 ● ‘I HAVE WORKED VERY HARD... WILL NOT USE CONGRESS AS BENCHMARK’ Muzaffarpur echo in Deoria: ‘Char baje jaati thi, subah aati thi’ CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Headgear heartbreak NRC season, Meghalaya steps ends dangal star’s up checks on Assam border global debut in Turkey ABHISHEK SAHA NEW DELHI, AUGUST 6 INDIA’S BIGGEST dangal star Jashkawar Gill failed to make his much-awaited internationaldebut 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 walkoverforhisfirst-roundrival. The Uttar Pradesh probe team arrives on Monday. PTI BYRNIHAT, AUGUST 6 VINAY SIWACH Referee didn’t let Jassa Patti take the mat 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 LSYIEM,thepolicemanincharge 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 satisfiedandsignalstothedriver 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 Police check taxis on Guwahati-Shillong road. Abhishek Saha 8 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 MAULSHREE SETH DEORIA, AUGUST 6 “Badi Ma’am le jaati thi. Kabhi safed,lal,kaaligaadiaatithi...Char baje jaati thi... subah aati thi... Didi subah kuch nahi kehti thi... uski aankhsoojaatithi(SeniorMa’am used to take them. Sometime a white car, a red or a black car wouldcome.Theywouldleaveat 4 pm and return in the morning. Didiwouldn’tspeakinthemorn- ing,hereyeswouldbeswollen).” Thisiswhata10-year-oldgirl told police when she showed up atamahilapolicestationSunday night, saying she had fled from a shelter for girls. Her account that suggestedsexualabuseof girlsat the shelter, similar to the Muzaffarpur case in neighbouring Bihar, made police sit up. A raidwasconductedattheshelter and 24 girls were rescued. A searchisonfor18othersbelieved CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR MRS G’S EYES AND EARS, HE KNEW TOO MUCH BUT KEPT SILENT COOMI KAPOOR ● PEPSICO CEO 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 notsendtheirchildrentoschools as part of the agitation. In Pathri, over 15,000 children — about 9,000 from the Maratha community — get free THE SUPREME Court Monday deferred hearing on petitions challenging Article 35A of the Constitution to the last week of Augustafter both the Centre and 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 permanentresidentsof thestate.Itwas 15 Maoists killed in Sukma encounter, another security operation underway Telangana DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 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 thesecretcan 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 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 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 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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