DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2019, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 22 PAGES Move to transfer Delhi High Court’s Justice Muralidhar, stalled by SC judges He delivered verdicts convicting UP PAC in Hashimpura killings and Sajjan Kumar SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, JANUARY 27 SHORTLYAFTERthesudden,unexplained reversal of the SupremeCourtCollegium’sdecisions on judicial appointments setoff disquietinthelegalfraternity, there was a move in the Collegium to transfer high-profile Justice S Muralidhar out of Delhi High Court, sources have confirmed to The Indian Express. That move has been stalled, as of now, after members of the Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi reportedly advised against it. One of them, Justice M B Lokur, retired recently, and the other, Justice A K Sikri, is due to retire in March. Sources said the proposal could be revived later. Sources told The Indian Express thatthe move to transfer Justice Muralidhar was discussed twice in this threemember Collegium for postings and transfers in High Courts, in December and in January. Known for his bold pro- Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court nouncementsoncommunalviolenceandpersonalliberty,Justice Muralidhar, especially in 2018, authoredmanyjudgmentswhich have been widely discussed. These include the one concerning imprisonment of intellectuals and activists, including Ayodhya case: Hearing on Tuesday cancelled NEW DELHI, JANUARY 27 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Gautam Navlakha, for alleged Maoist links. He delivered the Hashimpura verdict convicting members of UP PAC in the 1986 mass killings. It was a two-judge bench led by him that convicted former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar in a case related to the Sikh riots, in December 2018. The judgment overturned the acquittals and passed stringent commentsontardyprosecution. When the first bid to transfer Justice Muralidhar was made in December, a judge in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Nitin Gadkari, Isha Koppikar in Mumbai on Sunday. Express EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE THE HEARING in the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya case scheduled Tuesday has been “cancelled” due to the “nonavailability” of Justice S A Bobde, one of the judges on the Constitution Bench that has been set up for the matter. “Take notice that due to nonavailabilityof Hon’bleMr.Justice S. A. Bobde on 29.01.2019 (Tuesday),sittingof Constitution Bench in Hon’ble Chief Justice’s Court, comprising Hon’ble the Chief Justice, Mr Justice S. A. Bobde, Hon’ble Justice Dr D. Y. Chandrachud,Hon’bleMrJustice Ashok Bhushan and Hon’ble Mr Justice S. Abdul Nazeer stands cancelled. Therefore, Constitution Bench matter will not be taken up for hearing,” a Supreme Court notice said Sunday. Thedevelopmentcomestwo days after Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi reconstituted the bench that was to hear the case — after one of the judges on the bench set up earlier this month, Justice U Lalit, recused from hearingit—andfixedJanuary29 to take up the matter. On January 8, CJI Gogoi had first constituted a five-judge bench comprising himself and Justices Bobde, Lalit, Chandrachud and N V Ramana to hear the appeals challenging UNDER THE HAMMER , GIFTS FOR PM At an auction of gifts received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi on Sunday. Prem Nath Pandey REPORT, PAGE 8 Bringing home the dead: Govt ties up with Air India for a ‘flat rate’ SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JANUARY 27 FOR MANY Indian families whoselovedonesdiedinforeign shores, transporting the mortal remains was a harrowing experience—notonlydidittaketime, it was also very expensive. Thechallengewasacuteinthe Middle East, where the Indian population has grown to almost 80 lakh, with a majority being blue-collaredworkers.Officialestimates show about 10 Indians die in this region on an average every day, mostly due to natural causes and in road accidents. But with Indian community leaders raising the issue over the years, and after many rounds of `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 FOR 6 GULF COUNTRIES Flat rate on Air India for bringing a body back: UAE: 1,500 UAE Dirhams (Rs 28,500) SAUDI ARABIA: 2,200 Saudi Riyal (Rs 41,700) KUWAIT: 175 Kuwaiti Dinar (Rs 40,900) OMAN: 160 Omani Rial (Rs 29,400) QATAR: 2,200 Qatari Riyal (Rs 42,800) BAHRAIN: 225 Bahraini Dinar (Rs 42,500) Note: Approximate figures in rupees based on current exchange rates. discussionsbetweentheMinistry ofExternalAffairs,theMinistryof CivilAviationandAirIndia,asolution has finally been arrived at. Thegovernmenthasreached an understanding with Air India that a “flat rate” will be charged from families of the deceased. To begin with, it has negotiated the rate for the six Gulf countries (see box), where the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 People will thrash leaders who show dreams, don’t fulfill: Gadkari EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JANUARY 27 UNIONMINISTERandseniorBJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Sunday warned that political leaders whodon’tfulfillthedreamsthey peddle will get “thrashed” by people. “Sapne dikhanewaale neta logon ko acche lagte hain, par dikhaye hue sapne agar pure nahi kiye to janta unki pitayi bhi karti hai (People like political leaders who show them dreams. But if those dreams are not fulfilled, the people thrash these leaders),” said Gadkari. “Isliye sapne wahi dikhao jo pure ho sakein. Main sapne dikhane waale mein se nahi hu. Mainjoboltahu,woh100percent danke ki chot par pura hota hai (Thatiswhyyoumustonlyshow dreams that can be fulfilled. I am not among those who show dreams. Whatever I say, I fulfill it 100 per cent),” he said, while addressing a gathering here to launch a new BJP-affiliated transport outfit — the Navbhartiya Shiv Vahatuk Sanghathana (NSVS). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RALLY IN TAMIL NADU Oppcreatingmistrust overEWSquota,won’t affectotherquota:PM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CHENNAI, JANUARY 27 ACCUSING THE Opposition parties of creating an “atmosphere of suspicion and mistrust” for their “selfish interest”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sundaysaidthe10percentquota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) would not impacttheexistingreservationbenefits for Dalits, tribals and OBCs. “The 10 per cent reservation in education and government employmentforthepooramong the general category... This decisionwastakeninsuchawaythat it does not impact the reservation already availed by Dalits, tribals and OBCs. But it is unfortunate that an atmosphere of suspicion, and mistrust was created by a section of people in Tamil Nadu for their own selfish interest... All of you should be vigilant about such negativity. Any political thought that opposes the poor cannot benefit anyone,” Modi said while addressing a rally in Madurai. The DMK and some other partiesinthestatehaveopposed the 10 per cent quota, saying social backwardness alone should be the criterion for reservation. TheDMKhasmovedtheMadras High Court challenging the Constitution amendment on EWS quota. Taking a swipe at the proposed grand alliance of Opposition parties, Modi said the Centre’s efforts against corruption had created a “stir from WORLD 20 DEAD AS BOMBS TARGET SUNDAY MASS IN PHILIPPINES VENEZUELA LETS US DIPLOMATS STAY PAGE 14 Raghavans, filmmakers and brothers, at Express Adda today Patthalgarhi-II in Maharashtra district: Signboards warn visitors EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CHANDAN HAYGUNDE WITH THEIR edgy content and crispstorytelling,brothersSriram RaghavanandSridharRaghavan have emerged as one of India’s most exciting filmmakers. An acknowledged screenwriter and director, Sriram has established himself as a master of noir and crime movies even though he has only five feature films to his credit, including Andhadhun, which is hailed by many as the best Hindi movie of 2018. His younger brother, Sridhar, is a sought-after screenwriter as well as a mentor for JUSTLIKEthePatthalgarhimovement in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh last year, a few tribal-dominated villages in Dahanu taluka of Palghar district, on the MaharashtraGujaratborder,haveputupsignboards announcing that laws made by Parliament or the State Assembly are not applicable in these areas. The red signboards, put up in public spaces, are titled: “Bharatiya Samvidhan - Panchvi Anusuchit Kshetra (Constitution of India - Fifth Schedule Area). MUMBAI, JANUARY 27 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY DAHANU (PALGHAR), JAN 27 Sriram Raghavan (left) and Sridhar Raghavan young writers. On Monday, the Raghavan brothers will be the guests at the Express Adda in Delhi. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 1 ANCHOR PANJIM, JANUARY 27 ‘AMROHA-DELHI GROUP HANDLER MAY BE FROM PAK’ PAGE 9 Citing Article 244 of the Indian Constitution, related to administration and control of tribaldominated areas identified in the Fifth Schedule, the signboards warn visitors that they are in a scheduled area. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE WHOSE QUOTA IS IT ANYWAY? BY AMITABH KUNDU PAGE 12 Chennai to Delhi”, and all those who were “used to making bills in government contracts... welfare schemes, are now facing the music.” That was why they were all coming together, he said. “They say that keeping aside all other considerations they must unite to remove this watchman.Howeverbigagroup CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT Bidto tackle reservations overEWSquota TWEAKING THE quota system is tricky terrain, given how the eligible sections (SCs, STs, OBCs) have guarded it against any dilution. The introduction of 10 per cent EWS quota for the general category has the potential to create anxiety over whether it will affect the existing reservation benefits. So, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the government has been using every opportunity to allay such fears. PAGE 8 AIIMS Delhi faculty form seeks caste and religion data of senior doctors Not justified, says Director; faculty cell claims query ‘added by mistake’ ASTHA SAXENA NEW DELHI, JANUARY 27 INAmovethathasbeendescribed as “shocking” and “not justified” by senior doctors, including its Director, the All India Institute of MedicalSciences(AIIMS)inDelhi hasaskeditsfacultytofillandsubmit a form that seeks details of their caste and religion among otherrequirements. The one-page form, which wasdistributedbytheAIIMSfacultycelllastweek,isaimedatcreating“adatabaseofallseniordoctors”. Apart from name and age, theotherdetailsitasksforinclude those related to salary and appointment. WhencontactedbyTheIndian Express, Dr Randeep Guleria, Director,AIIMS-Delhi,saidhewas “unaware” of such a form being distributed. “No senior doctor is ever asked about his or her caste and religion. I have not seen the form buteventhenitdoesn’tmakeany sense.We,atAIIMS,arenotbothered about the caste and religion ofanydoctoranditisnotjustified to ask these things,” Guleria said. “Thisisshocking.Whydothey want to talk about the caste and religion of any doctor who is working in the hospital? Even during entrance examinations, students object to such questions,” said a senior doctor at AIIMS,whoreceivedtheformand spokeonconditionofanonymity. Former director of AIIMS, Dr M C Mishra, said he has never heard of such a question being asked of doctors. “In institutions like AIIMS, we should stay away fromtalkingaboutthisdemography,” he said. The AIIMS faculty cell, which is responsible for administrative work related to the faculty, claimed that the question was “added... by mistake”. “We had sent the forms to prepare a database of all senior doctors. There is no need to have details about their caste and religion. The question was added in the form by mistake. I will get it rectified soon,” Dr Sanjay Arya, who heads administrative work atthecell,toldTheIndianExpress. Zero deaths in 2018, Goa targets rabies-free 2020 SMITA NAIR EXPRESS NETWORK A signboard put up in Palghar district. Chandan Haygunde PM Narendra Modi with (from left) Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister E K Palaniswami in Madurai on Sunday. PTI IN 2018, nine-year-old Eknath Ajgaonkar from Guirim in north Goa and seven-year-old Palin PagifromCanaconainthesouth, forcedtheirparents todialahotline, as they suspected rabiesinfected dogs were on the loose in their village. Two dogs were caught, their samples probed, and both tested positive. Eknath and Palin are no experts, but products of a statebacked three-pronged mass campaignagainsthumandeaths due to rabies. “A rabies-infected dog can bite upto 60 times in a lifetime. We look at those vigilante phone calls as our success story,” says Gowri Yale, scientific manager, Mission Rabies, a global umbrella campaign. With 5.2 lakh children and 23,000schoolteacherseducated on the virus in four years, with close to 1 lakh dogs vaccinated annually, and 106 positive samples between 2017 and 2018, Goa is the first state that did not report asinglehumandeathdue to rabies last year. It is now on its TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org way to declare itself rabies free by 2020. The first to congratulate and tweet the effort was Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar — with requests pouring from health departments in DIPPING NUMBERS No. of human deaths due to rabies in Goa: 2014 17 2015 5 2016 1 2017 1 2018 0 Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana. Goa’s findings are also in the early stages of implementa- tion in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Sri Lanka. Dr Vilas Naik, Assistant Director, Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Goa, says the government is now “fully committed” to this exercise. “We have released Rs 1.65 crore since 2015 towards the entire programme... a newly designed post-mortem room and quarantine kennels have been designated for this exercise on theveterinarycampus.Thisyear, we are looking at increasing the number of dogs that are ster- ilised along with making vaccination an annual routine exercise,” says Naik. Unlike the WHO process of using human vaccines as a postbite measure, the Goa model looks for complete elimination of the virus, by expanding the coverage of the anti-virus vaccination and sterlisation of dogs. It was in 2012 that Dr Luke Gamble,aUK-basedveterinarian with the charity organisation Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS), identified India as a hotspot for rabies deaths. “Death estimatesthenwas20,000across India due to rabies,” says Dr Murugan Appupillai, Director of Education, Mission Rabies, India. In 2015, 14 states were chosen, but even as the others progressed slowly — in Jharkhand, due to the Naxal threat, for instance— Goa was chosen asa pilotstate.“Withinternationaland domestic tourist footfall, and with water as a natural barrier preventing easy migration of dogs, Goa was an obvious choice,” says Appupillai. In 2014, when Mission Rabies volunteers from abroad CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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