DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2019, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES `4.00, 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 GUJARAT ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JANUARY 8 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY LEOPARD FOUND DEAD WITH HEAD, LEGS CHOPPED OFF PAGE 5 THE SUPREMECourt Tuesday set aside the October 23, 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 Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi 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 Director takes a call on his future. 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 struck down its move to send CBI Director Alok Verma on leave, the government put up a brave face and said that its “perfectly bonafide” decision was based on a recommendation from the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and that it was taken in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Only 3 votes against, LS clears quota Bill; RS test today 54% for OBCs 50% cap was put to check to 90% in all: poll misuse: Justice Ahmadi New demands KAUNAIN SHERIFF M THE EDIT PAGE LIZ MATHEW & KRISHN KAUSHIK NEW DELHI, JANUARY 8 JUST A day after it was cleared by the Union Cabinet, the Lok Sabha Tuesday passed The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019, described as “historic” by the government, to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to the economically weaker sections in the 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 NEW DELHI, JANUARY 8 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, HYDERABAD, LUCKNOW, PATNA, JANUARY 8 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha, Tuesday. PTI RELATED REPORTS, P 17 & 18 and just three against. The Bill will be tabled Wednesday in the Rajya Sabha, where the session has been extended by a day. Sources told The Indian Express that the govern- ment is in talks with Opposition members to allow the passage of the Bill in the Upper House. In the Lok Sabha, the government argued that the Bill A DAY after the government unveiled its plans to bring in 10 per cent reservation for the economically 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AS THE Lok Sabha passed a Bill to provide 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections in the general category, 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 SLIPPING ON QUOTA BY FAIZAN MUSTAFA P 8 reservations. Speaking to The Indian Express, Justice Ahmadi also said CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Gujarat ex-BJP MLA shot in train, family blames rival in party SATISH JHA & GOPAL KATESHIYA Jayanti Bhanushali was on his way to Ahmedabad AHMEDABAD, RAJKOT, JANUARY 8 SENIOR GUJARAT BJP leader and former MLA Jayanti Bhanushali was shot dead by unidentified assailants in the Mumbai-bound Sayaji Nagri Express train in the early hours of Tuesday. In a complaint to the police, Bhanushali’s Ahmedabad-based nephew, Sunil Bhanshali, has accused Chhabil Patel, a former Congress MLA who defected to BJP in 2014, of killing his uncle over political rivalry. He has also named three others, including Patel’s son Siddharth, of being involved in the murder. Bhanushali, 56, had boarded the first-class coach of the BhujDadar train at Bhuj late Monday night, and was to get off at Ahmedabad early Tuesday morning. The police said he was shot between 12.30 am and 1 am, when the train was somewhere between Gandhidham and Samakhiali stations, in Kutch district. The assailants are suspected to have pulled chain, forced the train to stop and escaped after shooting Bhanushali. He was shot on the chest and one eye. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IT’S A POLITICAL KILLING: CONG PAGE 3
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