The Hindu Important Articles 26 April 2018
# Decision to reject motion timely, not hasty: Venkaiah
It was turned down after over a month of due diligence, he tells SC lawyers
The decision to dismiss the impeachment motion, moved by Opposition parties against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, was timely and not taken in haste, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu told 10 senior Supreme Court lawyers who met him on Tuesday.
In his order on Monday, Mr. Naidu said the Opposition parties were “unsure” of their case. The Congress, which initiated the motion, called the decision “ill-advised and hasty.”
Senior officials of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, who were present at the meeting, said Mr. Naidu told the lawyers that he took the decision after over a month of “due diligence and in strict conformity with the provisions of the Constitution and the Judges (Inquiry) Act, 1968.” The lawyers thanked him for “saving the dignity of the office of the Chief Justice of India and the Supreme Court.”
The officials said Mr. Naidu told the lawyers that his office had been working on the provisions, procedures and precedents since the Opposition began consultations on moving the motion.
This is not the first instance of an impeachment motion having been shot down by the Rajya Sabha Chairman. A motion was moved against Supreme Court judge J.C. Shah, and it was rejected by the then Lok Sabha Speaker, G.S. Dhillon, in 1970. Justice Shah became the Chief Justice of India.
‘No post office’
“The law concerned [the Judges (Inquiry) Act, Section 3] required the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha to look for prima facie in the matter for either admitting the notice or refusing to do so. A clear responsibility is cast on the Chairman… and it would not be correct to interpret the role of the Chairman as that of a mere post office. The Chairman is required to act as a constitutional functionary, which is a substantial responsibility,” Mr. Naidu told the lawyers, the sources said.
He said the decision was not hasty, but timely. There could have been adverse consequences had a constitutional functionary not acted in time. “The Chief Justice of India is the highest judicial functionary of the country, and any issue in the public domain concerning him requires to be resolved at the earliest through the prescribed procedures so as to prevent the atmosphere from being vitiated further.”
# Xi, Modi to meet without aides
No joint statement likely after the two-day meet
Formalities and protocol will be set aside as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping sit down for talks in Wuhan on Friday.
According to sources, the leaders will meet with their respective interpreters, but without “note-takers” or accompanying officials. There is no listed agenda, stated outcome or even a joint statement envisaged at the end of the two-day meet.
To gain perspective
“The objective of this informal meeting was not to come out with an agreed set of documents, but to have communication at the highest level and to gain perspective that each has of the other in terms of domestic policy and in terms of foreign policy…and how to remove misconceptions and misunderstandings that might arise,” said a source.
As a result, issues that have caused tensions or “irritants,” such as boundary tensions, the Nuclear Suppliers Group membership issue or India’s opposition to the Belt and Road Initiative, would not take centre stage and the leaders are expected to speak on “broad-based” and “overarching” approaches to resolving them instead.
It is learnt that plans for these talks have been under way for several months, especially after the end of the Doklam stand-off on August 28 last year, when the two leaders met at Xiamen.
# A high profile contest in Badami
Siddaramaiah and Sriramulu filing nomination papers
Badami constituency in North Karnataka is set for a high profile contest, with the BJP pitting B. Sriramulu, a key aide of the mining baron G Janardhan Reddy, against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
Both filed their nominations from Badami on Tuesday, which was the last day for filing of papers, with fanfare. For both the leaders, Badami is an additional seat as the Chief Minister is contesting from Chamundeshwari in Mysuru and Mr. Sriramulu is contesting from Molakalmur in Chitradurga. The BJP had kept official announcement of its candidate pending till the last minute.
Soon after filing the nominations, the Chief Minister addressed a rally and told the people of Badami that they would get the credit of electing the next Chief Minister if they ensure his victory.
Meanwhile, in Mysuru, the BJP central leadership finally had its way with party State president B.S. Yeddyurappa’s son B.Y.Vijayendra making way for an ordinary party worker to contest as party candidate from the high profile Varuna constituency in Mysuru.
T. Basavaraju, a BJP worker from the constituency, was given the ‘B’ form by the party to take on Dr. Yathindra, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s son, from Varuna. On Monday, the decision not to field Mr. Vijayendra had led to violent protests, with senior leaders rushing there to defuse the situation.
Ambareesh won’t contest
In another dramatic development in Mandya, actor-turned-politician Ambareesh announced his decision not to contest the polls and not campaign either. The Congress has now fielded a local television channel owner as the party candidate.
# TS mobilises Rs. 2,000 crore RBI loan
‘Resource mobilised as cushion for Rythu Bandhu’
The State government has mobilised Rs. 2,000 crore as State Development Loan (SDL) for the Rythu Bandhu scheme, the one of its kind scheme aimed at giving investment support to farmers at the rate of Rs. 4,000 an acre each for two seasons.
The government secured the amount during the yield-price based auctions conducted by the Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday. The loan comes with cut off yield (interest) of 8.15% with a tenure of 20 years.
This is the second tranche of the SDL availed by the State government during the current month. It had earlier raised Rs. 2,000 crore during the auction conducted on April 10 with cut off yield of 7.75 % and tenure of 25 years.
The government decided to raise the amounts to fulfil its commitment under the Rythu Bandhu scheme involving around Rs. 12,000 crore for the two seasons.
# Class XII economics paper retest today
On the eve of the Class XII economics paper retest, the Delhi police on Tuesday questioned suspended Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) official K. S. Rana in connection with the question paper leak. He was questioned for three hours.
# I’ll become CM in 18 days: Yeddyurappa
The State has never seen such an anti-people government before and now people have decided to teach the Congress government and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah a lesson in the coming election and elect the BJP for pro-people governance, BJP Chief Ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa has said. “I will become Chief Minister in 18 days and people, please bear till then for a people-friendly and farmer-friendly government,” he added.