The Hindu Important Articles 25 April 2018
# RS Chairman rejects motion against Chief Justice Misra
Opposition petition based on suspicion, conjectures and assumptions: Venkaiah
Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday refused to admit the motion for removal of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, a first in India’s constitutional history.
Mr. Naidu ruled that the Opposition’s petition was based on “suspicion, conjectures and assumptions, and doesn’t constitute proof beyond reasonable doubt.”
Cong. to move court
Former Law Minister Kapil Sibal, addressing a press conference at the Congress headquarters, responded by announcing that the party would challenge the “unprecedented, ill-advised and illegal order” in the Supreme Court.
Mr. Naidu, in his 10-page order, dealt with the five charges of “misbehaviour” against the CJI and noted that the Opposition was “unsure” of its own case.
“The Honorable Members of Parliament, who have presented the petition, are unsure of their own case. Page 1 of the petition uses phrases such as ‘the facts and circumstances of the Prasad Education Trust show prima facie evidence that the Chief Justice of India may have been involved in a case of illegal gratification’.”
“The motion further states with regard to the Chief Justice of India that ‘he too was likely to fall under the scope of investigation.’ It further states that the Chief Justice of India ‘appears to have ante-dated an administrative order.’ I am mentioning this fact because the language used by the Honorable members of Parliament themselves indicate a mere suspicion, conjecture or an assumption.”
“The same certainly does not constitute proof beyond reasonable doubt, which is required in a case of ‘proved misbehaviour’ under Article 124 of the Constitution. Conversations between third party with dubious credentials, which have been extensively relied upon, cannot themselves constitute any material evidence against the office of Chief Justice of India.”
As for the charge of the CJI “arbitrarily assigning politically sensitive cases to select judges,” Mr. Naidu quoted a five-judge Bench order of the SC that reiterates the CJI as being ‘master of the roster.’
# ‘Modi interested only in himself’
Worried only about re-election: Rahul
In an all-out attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the country may burn, women may be raped, Dalits and minorities may be attacked but all that the Prime Minister was interested in is how to get to the high office again.
“Modiji is interested only in Modiji and he isn’t interested in anything else. How does Narendra Modi become PM? That’s the only question whose answer he seeks. Dalits can die, minorities can face atrocities, women can get raped, nothing matters. He only wants to know what he should do to become PM again,” said Mr. Gandhi, while launching the ‘Save Constitution Campaign’, organised by the Scheduled Caste (SC) department of his party in the wake of the Supreme Court order on the SC/ST Act.
“The Prime Minister sees spirituality in cleaning of toilets and making ‘pakodas’. But, for Modi, becoming Prime Minister only is spirituality,” said Mr. Gandhi.
The Congress leader alleged that the government was trying to “crush and trample upon the Supreme Court.” “Parliament has been kept shut,” he charged.
He threw a 15-minute challenge at the Prime Minister. “Just let me speak for 15 minutes in front of Modiji. I want to speak for 15 minutes on the Rafale deal, on Nirav Modi and Modiji won’t be able to stand there.”
He accused Prime Minister Modi of “embarrassing” the country at global fora, pointing to the International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde urging him to focus on women’s safety in the backdrop of the Kathua and Unnao incidents.
# Govt not against Nilambur rail line
Minister alleges propaganda against govt
The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government is not against the proposed Nilambur–Nanjangud rail line and propaganda that the government is creating hurdles is unfounded, G. Sudhakaran, Minister for Public Works, has said.
“Those circulating rumours should end it and cooperate with the efforts of the government to make the railway line a reality,” the Minister said, pointing out that it was one of the prioritised cost-sharing projects to be executed by the Kerala Rail Development Corporation floated by State and Railways.
The State is yet to get an official reply from Karnataka government on the proposal to take the railway line through tunnels in the forest stretch, Mr. Sudhakaran said.
The Minister said the Thalaserry-Mysuru railway line was not an alternative line to the proposed line from Nilambur. Both the proposed lines would be helpful for the development of the State and the government had no second thoughts on these lines, he added.
# Six more Maoists killed in Maharashtra
Inflicting another massive blow to the Maoists within 48 hours, the Maharashtra police claimed to have gunned down six Maoists in Gadchiroli district on Monday.
“Six Maoists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Rajaram Khandla area of Gadchiroli this evening,” Sharad Shelar, Inspector-General of Maharashtra police’s Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO) unit, told The Hindu .
This is the second such encounter in Gadchiroli in 48 hours. On Sunday, the security forces had gunned down 16 Maoists in Kasansur area of the district.
# Pvt. schools cry foul over fixing of fees
While the Department of Primary and Secondary Education is yet to issue notification of the new fee policy, several officials have allegedly been pressurising school managements to fix the fee for the coming academic year. Private schools are crying foul saying this is illegal.