Walk To Janpath
It is not every day that an SPG protectee strolls along the streets of Delhi without uniformed guards around him. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday had back-to-back meetings with senior leaders, including Asha Kumari, Kumari Selja and Meenakshi Natarajan, at his 12 Tughlaq Lane residence, after which he wanted to meet his mother, Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Since Natarajan was going to the AICC headquarters, located next to Sonia’s residence, she and Rahul started walking there, immersed in discussion. Rahul walked up to 10 Janpath, accompanied by two SPG vehicles — one ahead of him and another following him at a distance.
Dealing With Delay
The issue of vacancies in the higher judiciary has caught the attention of a parliamentary committee. On Tuesday, the Rajya Sabha Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice headed by Congress leader Anand Sharma heard the views of legal luminaries and bodies on ‘Inordinate Delay in Filling up the Vacancies in the Supreme Court and High Courts’. Harish Salve, Fali Nariman and Indira Jaising appeared before committee, along with other people connected to the legal field. CJI T S Thakur had recently accused the government of stalling appointment of judges to the High Courts.
Back In Focus
The Public Accounts Committee headed by K V Thomas has taken up the Commonwealth Games scam again. The committee plans to submit its report in the winter session of Parliament, beginning next month, which could set off politics on the issue again. After the home, sports and urban development secretaries appeared before the panel today, the PAC decided to call Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha in the next meeting as it gives final touches to its report. The panel wants to examine the role of then Cabinet secretariat in allegedly changing the decisions of a Group of Ministers.