Nearly two years since she entered the Lok Sabha from Anantnag constituency, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti has not taken a government house in Lutyens’ Delhi. While some say she did this only because she was eyeing the house allotted to former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is no longer entitled to retain the bungalow, others say this was clear indication that she was planning to eventually shift to state politics. Meanwhile, there are also indications that Mehbooba is under pressure from her party’s old guard that in case she takes over as chief minister, the post of PDP president should be given to a party leader from outside the family.
RSS’s sah-sarkaryawah Krishna Gopal had written a book on Dr B R Ambedkar in the late 1990s, when he was the personal assistant to then sarkaryawah H V Sheshadri. It is learnt that he is again writing a book on the Dalit icon and it has some relevance with the controversies related to Aligarh Muslim University. Sources say he has almost finalised the book and it may be released in the next few months, when political temperature of election-bound Uttar Pradesh goes up.
Chief Justice of India T S Thakur has asked Chief Justices of various High Courts to hold meetings of their respective collegiums to recommend names. As for the vacancies in Supreme Court, the CJI is likely to wait until the revised memorandum of procedure is notified before taking a call on the names. However, there are indications that the Supreme Court collegium may consider recommending at least one name from among the lawyers for the bench.
Even though the Law Commission of India is yet to be made fully functional, with only Justice B S Chauhan taking over as chairman and retired High Court judge Ravi R Tripathi joining as a member, both have started working fervently. Last week, Justice Chauhan had a long meeting with Union Law Secretary P K Malhotra to take stock of the pending reports. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s Office is still sitting on the rest of appointments.
After the government refused to foot his travel fare from Cambridge to Delhi to attend meetings of the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), Dilip K Chakrabarti, noted historian and ICHR’s most well-known face, will no longer be part of its general council proceedings. Chakrabarti was invited to participate in the next ICHR meeting on March 29 via video-conferencing, but he is learnt to have turned it down. Apparently, Chakrabarti has said that he is old and isn’t tech-savvy to make use of video-conferencing facilities. He has, however, offered to continue editing the Council’s journal, Indian Historical Review, from Cambridge.