21042018-TTC-01.qxd 21-04-2018 01:21 Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday,april 21, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 109 | 24 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Oppn submits impeachment 9 new Cabinet ministers for motionagainstCJIon5counts Punjab, swearing-in today Tribune News Service 2002 riots: Kodnani acquitted by HC Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Friday acquitted former minister Mayaben Kodnani and 17 others in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riots case — which left 97 dead — while upholding the life term for another key accused Babu Bajrangi, but with reduced period of 21 years. PAGE 7 CPM softens stance towards Congress Hyderabad: In a boost to CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s line, the party on Friday softened its opposition to the Congress by removing phrase “without any understanding or electoral alliance with the Congress” in a modified political resolution adopted by it. PAGE 14 Justice Sachar passes away at 94 New Delhi: Former Delhi HC Chief Justice and social activist Rajinder Sachar died on Friday. He was 94. He headed a panel set up by the UPA to prepare a report on the social, economic and educational conditions of Muslims in India. BACK PAGE Today’s issue consists of 24 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. Cong divided; Manmohan, Chidambaram’s signs missing Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 20 A Congress-led grouping of Opposition leaders on Friday met Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and submitted an impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, seeking his removal on five counts of “misbehaviour”, including alleged acceptance of illegal gratification in a certain court matter. The Opposition submitted a motion signed by 71 MPs, seven of whom have since retired. Among the valid signatories were 64 MPs from seven parties — Congress, NCP CPI, , CPM, SP BSP and IUML. , Divisions on the desirability of the motion were evident with the motion not bearing the signatures of Congress veterans former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, nor of MPs of major Opposition outfits TMC, DMK and AIADMK. The Congress, however, denied divisions with senior leader Kapil Sibal, saying: “There is consensus on the issue. The motion is to be signed by MPs and not parties. All Opposition parties are with us.” To a query on intra-Congress apprehensions on the ENTITLED TO HOLD CJI ACCOUNTABLE: SIBAL As representatives of the people, we are entitled to hold the Chief Justice accountable just as we are accountable to the people. The majesty of the law is more important than the majesty of any office. Kapil Sibal, CONGRESS LEADER ❝ REVENGE PETITION: JAITLEY It (impeachment motion) is a revenge petition after the falsehood of the Congress party has been established in the Justice Loya death case. It is an attempt to intimidate a judge and send a message to other judges, that if you don’t agree with us, 50 MPs are enough for revenge action ❝ Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra Arun Jaitley, FM matter, Sibal said there were “none”. As the Congress explained the motion’s merits, Sibal said it had been moved “with a heavy heart”. “We wish this day had never come but in the framework of our constitutional fabric, the judiciary holds a very special place. Its independence is a constitutional requirement and it must guard itself from external interference… Since the CJI has been appointed, questions have been raised about the manner in which he dealt with cases. This manifested when four senior-most judges held a press conference to publicly express disquiet…” Sibal said. He cited five grounds of “misbehaviour” on which the impeachment motion had been submitted under Article 270 of the Constitution, read with Article 124 (4), and said the “CJI had misused his position and this amounts to misbehaviour as the Constitution does not speak of corruption”. He said in the event of acceptance of the motion by Naidu, the CJI should refrain from delivering judgments as per past convention. The first ground of misbehaviour by the CJI Sibal cited was “a conspiracy to pay illegal gratification to him by certain persons in the Prasad Education Trust case”. “Several recorded conversations between middlemen and a retired judge of the Odisha High Court have been attached in the articles of charge and contain innuendos referring to the CJI,” Sibal said. Secondly, he said, the CJI later denied permission to the CBI to book “Justice Narayan Shukla against whom the CBI had incriminating evidence to proceed in the same case”. Thirdly, Sibal alleged the CJI interfered with an age-old SC convention to take a certain case away from a certain Bench. continued on page 7 related reports Page 7 edit: the impeachment move New Delhi, April 20 The Punjab Cabinet will finally be expanded on Saturday after Congress president Rahul Gandhi approved the names of nine new ministers in an evening meeting with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. The nine are three-term MLA from Dera Baba Nanak Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, three-term MLA from Raja Sansi Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, former Sangrur MP and sitting MLA Vijay Inder Singla; two-time Ludhiana West lawmaker Bharat Bhushan Ashu; Hoshiarpur MLA Sunder Sham Arora; four-term MLAs from Amritsar Central and Guruharsahai OP Soni and Rana Gurmit Sodhi; twotime MLA from Rampura THE CHOSEN ONES ■ Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Dera Baba Nanak ■ Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Raja Sansi ■ Vijay Inder Singla, Sangrur ■ Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Ludhiana West ■ Sunder Sham Arora, Hoshiarpur ■ OP Soni, Amritsar Central ■ Rana Gurmit Sodhi, Guruharsahai ■ Gurpreet Kangar, Rampura Phul ■ Balbir Sidhu, SAS Nagar TWO TO BE ELEVATED Ministers of State Razia Sultana and Aruna Chaudhary are to be elevated to Cabinet rank. The new ministers will take oath at a ceremony scheduled for 6 pm on Saturday. TNS Phul Gurpreet Kangar, and three-term lawmaker from SAS Nagar Balbir Sidhu. Malwa region got the maximum representation in the expansion with Arora, the sole minister from Doaba, being brought in to fill the void left by former minister Rana Gurjit, who quit following allegations of involvement in a sand mining row. Among the ministers from Malwa are Sodhi, Singla, Ashu and Kangar. Randhawa, Soni and Sarkaria come from the Majha region. The names were finalised after prolonged discussions. Also present were state Congress incharge Asha Kumari, state chief Sunil Jakhar and AICC secretary Harish Choudhry. It is learnt that Gandhi was extremely conscious of the “image of continued on page 14 Told PM ministers had to go: Mehbooba Arun Joshi Tribune News Service Jammu, April 20 Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said she had put the state police in a “do-or-die” mode to bring the culprits to book when the horrendous case of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Kathua girl surfaced. In an interview to The Tribune, the CM, speaking on the FULL INTERVIEW PAGE 7 case that brought the threeyear-old PDP-BJP alliance to a breaking point, said now she was looking toward the judiciary for justice after the chargesheet had been filed and the accused were in jail. On whether she had served an ultimatum on the Centre on BJP ministers Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Gan- ga, who resigned later, Mehbooba said, “I had spoken to the Prime Minister and told him that they had to go because they had participated in ‘pro-rapist’ rallies.” This, she said, was “unacceptable” and the “PM was also shocked to learn this”. As for Cabinet expansion, she said it would take place this month itself. continued on page 7
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