Supreme Court judge Justice Jasti Chelameswar has been bestowed a unique honour. The mayor of Naperville in the US has issued a proclamation declaring October 14, 2016, as Justice Jasti Chelameswar Day for, among other things, him being the “only dissenting judge” on the bench that heard the NJAC case. It is learnt that a request was made by one Prakasam Tata, executive director of the Center for Transformation of Waste Technology, Naperville, to the city mayor to issue a proclamation in the judge’s name. Tata is also the Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Health at the Maharaja Institute of Medical Sciences, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh.
Drama followed the detention of Rahul Gandhi Thursday evening. While the police vehicle carrying him and fellow Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia left Jantar Mantar and halted outside 5 Ferozeshah Road, the SPG was under the impression that Rahul had been taken to the Parliament Street police station. Two SPG vehicles stood outside the police station. Meanwhile, the police vehicle had stopped at Ferozeshah Road as the police wanted to release Rahul. The policemen waited for 30 minutes for the Congress leader’s vehicles to arrive, and eventually took Rahul to Tughlaq Road police station. All this as Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken, organiser of a candlelight protest, waited for Rahul to turn up to begin the protest.
Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who held her third Facebook Q&A session on Friday, was relieved as the questions were on issues pertaining to her Ministry of Women and Child Development. Her two earlier sessions had ample queries on animal welfare and some trolling. This time, while most questions were on adoption, maternity leave and gender violence, the minister could not entirely stop men from asking for repeal of anti-dowry laws.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who plays guardian angel on Twitter to Indians in distress overseas, on Friday took to humour. As somebody tweeted about his friend’s lost passport in Kuala Lumpur, Swaraj replied, “Passports have a very bad habit of getting lost on Fridays. Please apply with our mission there.” The Twitterati applauded Swaraj for her sense of humour apart from being the helping hand.