09102017-TT-01.qxd 10/8/2017 10:10 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, october 9, 2017 haryana chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 279 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd ‘POISON GAVE ME STRENGTH’ me to drink ❝ Vadnagar has taughtland of Shiva, poison. My birthplace is like Kashi. The blessings of Bhole Baba (Lord Shiva) gave me the strength to drink, digest poison. I was able to counter all those who spewed venom against me since 2001. Narendra Modi, PRIME MINISTER, IN GUJARAT PAGE 7 AJEETESH WINS TITLE ‘CAN’T AFFORD TO LOSE LIVES’ Ajeetesh Sandhu, 28, fired a superb two-under 70 to clinch his maiden Asian Tour golf title at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taipei on Sunday. Sandhu took home $90,000, including a two-year Tour exemption. He’s second Indian after Gaganjeet Bhullar to win Yeangder TPC. PTI PAGE 15 assets (seven military personnel were killed in Tawang last week). Prima facie, it appears the tail rotor (of Mi-17) came off. Court of inquiry is looking into it . afford to have ❝ We cannotlose valuable lives and accidents and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa (seen at Air Force Day event with Sachin Tendulkar, honorary Group Captain) PAGE 7 Collegium’s move inadequate on transparency: Justice Shah Former Law Commission chairman says NJAC is the only alternative Satya Prakash Tribune News Service ❝ The issue is not about making public the final decision. The real issue is transparency in the process of judicial appointments... what is needed is laying down the criteria for selection and allowing proper feedback prior to selection. Justice AP Shah New Delhi, October 8 Terming the Supreme Court Collegium’s move to make its decisions on judicial appointments and transfers public as “inadequate to address transparency and other concerns”, former Law Commission chairman Justice AP Shah has said a National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) is the only alternative. “Unless we know the criteria for selection of a judge, merely making the final decision public would not serve the purpose. We must know the parameters for a person’s selection or rejection for judgeship,” Justice Shah, a former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, told The Tribune. “The current system is…You tell me the name, I will show you the rule (for selection of a judge). Sometimes, they said a lawyer above 55 can’t be made a High Court judge. But then they appoint somebody who is 57 or 58…Yes, it has happened,” Justice Shah said. He, however, welcomed the Collegium’s decision, terming it “good”. “Let’s see how things unfold from here,” Justice Shah said. In a historic move, the Supreme Court Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra last week resolved to make public all decisions on appointments and transfers on its website. The Collegium — comprising CJI Misra and Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — said the information posted online will also indicate reasons for the recommendation or rejection of a name for judicial appointment, transfer and elevation to the high courts and the Supreme Court. But Justice Shah demand- NIA to have new HQs complex tomorrow Oppn seeks probe into ‘zoom’ in Shah son’s biz New Delhi, October 8 Nearly nine years after it came into existence, the antiterror probe agency NIA will have its own multi-storied headquarters complex here from Tuesday, the Home Ministry said on Sunday. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which was set up after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack as the central counter-terrorism investigation organisation, was given the mandate to investigate serious offences related to terrorist activities affecting the sovereignty, security and integrity of the country. Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the new headquarters complex of the NIA at Lodhi Road on October 10. — PTI He also suggested that candidates can be interviewed. “You may not disclose the contents of the interview but that’s important,” he added. Justice Shah said apart from transparency, there were many faults in the Collegium. He pointed out that Justice Kurian Joseph had in the 2015 NJAC verdict said, “The present Collegium system lacks transparency, accountability and objectivity”, and “very serious allegations and many a time unfounded too, have been raised that its approach has been highly subjective”. He said, “There are inherent problems of bias, selfselection and favouritism in the Collegium. It functions like a club, a cabal.” Terming the idea of a National Judicial Appointments Commission as “a very good one”, he said, “There were some deficiencies that could have been removed by reading down the NJAC Act by the Supreme Court in its 2015 verdict. But the SC declared it unconstitutional.” Justice Shah said: “In my view, the only alternative is an NJAC.” BJP defends, Jay to sue news website New Delhi, October 8 Opposition parties today sought a probe into claims in a media report that a company owned by BJP chief Amit Shah’s son saw a huge rise in its turnover after his party came to power in 2014. The charge was rejected by the BJP and Shah’s son, Jay Amit Shah, who termed the report as “false, derogatory and defamatory”. Training guns on the Modi government, the Congress, Left and AAP demanded an investigation, with Congress leader Kapil Sibal calling it a case of “crony capitalism”. Sitaram Yechury of the CPM claimed it was the latest in a series of cases of corruption under the Modi government. “Will you give directions to the CBI to probe the matter? Will you ask the ED to arrest these people?” Sibal asked. The demand from the Opposition came after a media report on filings with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) showing the turnover of Jay-owned Temple Enterprise had zoomed by 16,000 times during 2015-16 at Rs 80 ed that the names being considered for appointment should be made public in advance, allowing the Collegium to get feedback for consideration. “You see… the issue is not about making public the final decision. That in any case people come to know once a person has been appointed as a judge. The real issue is transparency in the process of judicial appointments,” Justice Shah said. He said unless the shortlisted names were disclosed in advance for necessary feedback, the decision to put the final recommendation and reasons thereof would not serve the purpose. “What is needed is laying down the criteria for selection and then allowing proper feedback prior to selection,” he emphasised. crore over the previous year. Sibal, citing the RoC filings, alleged that Kusum Finserve LLP in which Jay had a 60 , per cent stake, had got a contract in Madhya Pradesh in the wind power sector, despite the company being engaged in stock-trading. Putting up a strong defence, Union Minister Piyush Goyal released a statement by Jay, announcing he would file a Rs 100crore lawsuit against the author, editor and owner of the news website. “The article makes false, derogatory and defamatory imputation against me by creating in the minds of rightthinking people an impression that my business owes its ‘success’ to my father’s political position... My businesses are fully legitimate and conducted in a lawful manner on commercial lines, which is reflected in my tax records, and are through banking transactions,” Jay said. Sibal also alleged that a company owned by Jay had secured a loan of Rs 25 crore continued on page 7 Uddhav dares BJP to mid-term polls in Maha Mumbai, October 8 Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray today dared the BJP to “resign” from the Maharashtra Government and face mid-term polls. Ruling partners in Maharashtra, ties between the Sena and the BJP have been strained for quite some time. “I challenge you to resign from the government and face polls once again. We will show you the Shiv Sena’s power. Even during the (Modi) wave, the BJP got votes in Sena’s name,” Thackeray claimed while addressing a rally for a local election in Nanded. He also took a swipe at PM Narendra Modi. “Saw the PM campaigning for Gujarat polls, which are two months away. How did he suddenly remember his school today? Why before the polls?” he asked. — PTI /thetribunechd
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