DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2018, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES JOURNALISM OF COURAGE SINCE 1932 `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM CBI VS GOVT Citingbreachofconfidentiality,furious SCadjournsVermahearinguntilNov29 Our effort to maintain the respect of this institution is not being shared by everyone, says CJI bench THE EDITORIAL PAGE GOVT-RBI: THE NEW BALANCEOF POWER BY SHAJI VIKRAMAN PAGE 8 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 20 FURIOUS OVER what it considered breach of confidentiality of CBI Director Alok Verma’s reply to the Chief Vigilance Commissioner’s report on the charges against him, and details of CBIDIGManishKumarSinha’s petition being made public, the bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Tuesday adjourned until November 29 the hearing on Verma’s petition. The CBI chief has challenged the government’s October 23 decision to divest him of his duties and send him on leave. In a stern warning to parties in the case, the bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph, said: “This court is not a platform for people to come and expresswhattheywant.Thisisa place for adjudication of legal rights. This is not right. We intend to set it right.” It also observed: “Our effort to maintain the respect of this institution is not being shared by everyone.” As soon as proceedings began, the bench handed over a news report to senior advocate Fali S Nariman who has been representing Verma. “This is just for you. We are not giving this to you as counsel for Alok Verma... We have given this to you as one of the most respected senior members. What do you say? Please say... Would you like to help us?” the bench said. At this, Nariman said: “I also read about it in the morning papers and I was really upset.” He said the press had to be free as well as responsible. “I am deeply disturbed.” As the bench persisted with its queries, he said: “I would respectfully request your lordships to summon the personwhoeditsit.Howcanthis leak? How can this come?” The bench pointed out that advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, also appearing for Verma, had mentioned the matter Monday, seeking BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE MEDIA HAS A ROLE IN QUALITY OF JUSTICE PAGE 8 Parched villages begin to empty Lone has company: PDP’s heavyweight Baig offers to join out in drought-hit Maharashtra SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 20 IN A major setback to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its veteran leader and parliamentarian Muzaffar Hussain Baig threw his weight behind Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone and said he will “seriously consider joining” the third front. Sources said Baig’s move is also meant to pre-empt moves afoot in the PDP, NC and the Congress to come together and stake claim to form the government in the state which is under Governor’s Rule since the BJP-PDP alliance came unstuck. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E EXPLAINED BASHAARAT MASOOD ● Homecoming may reshape J&K politics THIS IS the clearest signal that the Centre is serious about propping an alternative to the two key regional mainstream parties in J&K, the National Conference and PDP. Muzaffar Baig carries weight as a PDP founding member, former Deputy Chief Minister, Finance Minister and Law Minister. His decision to throw his weight behind Peoples Conference leader Sajad Lone, who is being promoted by the Centre as its new man in J&K, will bolster Lone’s efforts to cobble a third front to form a government. If Baig exits PDP, others may join him — nephew and MLA Javaid Baig and wife Safina Baig who heads the PDP women’s wing. Baig was once a member of Lone’s party. This homecoming may re-shape politics in the Valley. The Health Hub of India: West Bengal Rabi crop severely hit; villagers migrate for jobs KAVITHA IYER & PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS AMONG WORST-HIT AREAS Nashik Aurangabad NASHIK/OSMANABAD, NOV 20 IN NAYDONGRI village in Nashik’s Nandgaon taluka, water scarcity in the summer months is an annual worry, but in the over five decades that the Gawliwada or community of buffalo herders has been here, distress migration has never been a concern. After all, with 1,800to2,000waterbuffaloesto care for, the Gawli clan of Naydongri cannot very well relocateatwill. This year,however, with summer still four months away and acute water scarcity settling in already, Shankar Parbhani Hingoli Jalna Beed Nanded Latur Osmanabad DRY WAVE PART 1 UmajiNamde,60,isintalkswith landowners in Niphad, nearly 100 km away, to locate an alternativesitefortheiranimals.They plantoleavethechildrenbehind A Gawliwada community member in Navyondgri village in Nashik. Nirmal Harindran in the care of the elderly to make sure a school year is not lost. Some younger women will stay back too. The men will look to quickly establish the market linkagescrucialtotheirbusiness. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HE HAS BEEN ASKED TO RESIGN AS MAYOR: CM Sovan Chatterjee resigns from Bengal Cabinet posts EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA, NOVEMBER 20 STATE HOUSING and fire and emergencies services minister Sovan Chatterjee stepped down fromhisministerialpostsandhas also been asked to step down as the Kolkata Mayor, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Tuesday. Makingtheannouncementat thestatesecretariat,Mamatatold reporters,“Earlier,hehadwanted to step down from his posts on four occasions. However, we thought he will change his mind and therefore did not accept his resignation. Today, he again tendered his resignation, which has been accepted. Minister Firhad Hakim will now look after these twodepartments.He(Sovan)has Mamata Banerjee and Sovan Chatterjee. Subham Dutta beenaskedtostepdownfromhis post as Kolkata Mayor as well.” Sources said Sovan is also likely to resign as Kolkata Mayor on Wednesday. Municipal CommissionerKhalilAhmedwill lookaftertheactivitiesof Kolkata MunicipalCorporation(KMC)till a new mayor is elected. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In poll-bound MP, Sushma: Won’t be in 2019 election fray EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE BHOPAL, NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 20 SPRINGING A surprise, External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj announcedTuesdaythatshewill not contest the Lok Sabha polls in 2019. Citing health reasons, 66-year-old Swaraj, who represents Vidisha in Lok Sabha and is serving her fourth term in the House, told reporters in Indore: “Itisthepartywhichdecides,but I have made up my mind not to contest the next (Lok Sabha) elections due to health reasons.” She had undergone kidney transplant in 2016. “After being elected from Vidisha as Lok Sabha MP, I was DECISION 2018 71.93% TURNOUT IN SECOND PHASE OF CHHATTISGARH POLLS PROHIBITION A POLL PEG IN MIZORAM P 6 Leaderof Opposition.Later,Iwas given the responsibility of ExternalAffairsMinistry.Despite holdingtheseprimeposts,Iused to visit all assembly segments in my constituency every month for nearly eight years. Doctors CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Thank You Chief Guest - Smt. Chandrima Bhattacharya Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal We thank our chief guest Smt. Chandrima Bhattacharya for her thoughtful words on healthcare & its outlook ahead. 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