DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2019, PUNE, LATE CITY, 18 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES JOURNALISM OF COURAGE `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 CBI DIRECTOR SC sets aside govt order, Alok Verma back for now, with curbs on powers Not biased, acted on CVC advice: Jaitley Rejects stand it was not a transfer, calls for independence of post; ball now in the court of appointment committee WORLD PAK PM IMRAN KHAN ACCUSES INDIA OF REJECTING HIS PEACE OVERTURES PAGE 12 ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JANUARY 8 THESUPREMECourtTuesdayset asidetheOctober23,2018,order of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and Union government divesting CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma of his powers and functions, finding that it went against the “legislative intent” to “ensure complete insulation” of the CBI Director “from all kinds of extraneous influences”. However, the bench of Chief BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Justiceof India(CJI)RanjanGogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph made it clear that the issue of Verma’s divestment was “still open” and asked him not to take any major policy decisions, and confine himself to routine functions, till the high-powered committee that selects the CBI Directortakesacallonhisfuture. The court said the Committee, comprising the Prime Minister, CJI and Leader of the Opposition, should consider the matter “at the earliest and, in any case, within a week from the date of Gives clarity THE ORDER clarifies the law on what was yet a grey area — how to proceed if interim action was inevitable against a CBI chief — and further insulates post from pressures. But for Verma, it’s a mixed bag. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 8 AFTER THE Supreme Court struckdownitsmovetosendCBI Director Alok Verma on leave, the government put up a brave face and said that its “perfectly bonafide”decisionwasbasedon a recommendation from the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)andthatitwastakeninthe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE GOVT & POLITICS CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT BILL PASSED; NORTHEAST SHUTS DOWN NAVEEN PASSING BLAME OF OWN FAILURES TO CENTRE: PRADHAN PAGES 5, 8 PAGE 9 Only 3 votes against, LS clears quota Bill; RS test today CJI-led Constitution 54% for OBCs 50% cap was put to check LIZ MATHEW & KRISHN KAUSHIK to 90% in all: poll misuse: Justice Ahmadi New demands KAUNAIN SHERIFF M THE EDIT PAGE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 8 JUSTAdayafteritwasclearedby theUnionCabinet,theLokSabha TuesdaypassedTheConstitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019, described as “historic” by the government, to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economicallyweakersectionsinthe general category. The Bill, which was introduced by Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot, was passed on the last day of the winter session of the Lower House with 323 votes in favour EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, HYDERABAD, LUCKNOW, PATNA, JANUARY 8 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha, Tuesday. PTI RELATEDREPORTS,P 8,9 and just three against. The Bill will be tabled Wednesday in the Rajya Sabha, where the session has been extendedbyaday.SourcestoldThe Indian Express that the govern- ment is in talks with Opposition memberstoallowthepassageof the Bill in the Upper House. In the Lok Sabha, the government argued that the Bill CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 A DAY after the government unveiled its plans to bring in 10 per centreservationfortheeconomically weaker among upper castes, demands poured in from across parties, including at least one ally, to expand the quota umbrella or bring more under it. Apprehensions had been CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NEW DELHI, JANUARY 8 AS THE Lok Sabha passed a Bill to provide 10 per cent reservationtoeconomicallyweakersectionsinthegeneralcategory,former Chief Justice of India A M Ahmadi, who was part of the landmark 1992 Mandal Commission verdict, which capped reservation at 50 per cent, said Tuesday that the BJPruled government’s move is “directly in conflict” with the Supreme Court judgment on bench on Ayodhya, hearing starts Jan 10 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 8 SLIPPINGONQUOTA BY FAIZAN MUSTAFA P 10 reservations. Speaking to The Indian Express, Justice Ahmadi also said CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THESUPREMECourtonTuesday set up a five-judge Constitution Bench to hear the Ram Janmabhoomi-BabriMasjidland title dispute case. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will head the bench, which will also comprise Justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana, U U Lalit and D Y Chandrachud. A notice issued by the Court said the Bench will take up the matter for hearing at 10.30 am on January 10. It is hearing appealsagainsttheAllahabadHigh Court verdict of September 30, 2010, ordering a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres at the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site, giving a third each to the Nirmohi Akhara sect, the Sunni Central Wakf Board, Uttar Pradesh, and Ramlalla Virajman. On January 4, the top court CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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