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4 senior justices of India’s Supreme Court revolt against CJI

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NEW DELHI — Four senior judges of India’s Supreme Court on Friday alleged that the administration of the country’s top court was not in order.

In an unprecedented event in the history of Indian judiciary, four senior most judges — Kurian Joseph, J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi and Madan Lokur — in apress meet alleged that Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra did not listen to them.

In a letter released subsequently, they pointed that rules are often not followed when cases are being allocated and that departure from rules will hurt the integrity of the top court.

Stating that certain concerns were raised with the CJI and remedial measures were suggested, the four judges accused that cases with far-reaching consequences are being assigned selectively.

Justice J Chelameswar, who is also the second senior judge after the Chief Justice of India, even said that democracy comes under threat if judiciary loses its freedom.

“Four of us are convinced that for the survival of democracy, an impartial judge and judiciary is needed,” Justice J Chelameswar said.

“… sometimes administration of the Supreme Court is not in order and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months,” Chelameswar said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, moments after their press conference, summoned Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss the matter at hand.

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26 rhinos die in a year in CNP

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CHITWAN — Chitwan National Park (CNP) witnessed zero poaching of endangered one-horned rhinoceros in the fiscal year 2074/75. But the death of the rhinos by natural causes has increased recently, as the park has lost a total of 26 rhinos to various causes in this period.

26 rhinos died from various reasons including natural disaster in the period, according to the CNP information officer, Nurendra Aryal.

Four rhinos were killed in flood-related incidents with two caught in a marsh caused by the flooding while two were swept away by flood waters, he informed.

Fighting, delivery complications (in case of some female rhinos) and aging are other reasons behind the deaths of a noticeable number of this endangered wildlife last fiscal year. Three female rhinos succumbed to child delivery complications in this period. They died after failing to give birth to their babies.

The park however has recorded no case of rhino poaching since April 8, 2017.However, the number of rhino deaths due to other reasons was slightly up in the year compared to the previous year, according to the CNP Information Officer Aryal.

This figure is followed by 25 and 15 rhino deaths in previous two fiscal years respectively.

The natural causes led to the death of 24 rhinos in the fiscal year 2073/74 and 15 in 2072/73.

The need of a study was felt to seek potential ways for minimising the death risk among rhinos with their death toll increasing every year, CNP chief conservation officer, Bed Kumar Dhakal said. A squad from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation has already begun a study to this end.

The CNP latest details mentioned about 605 rhinos here.

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