IN AWE OF HOUSE
Actor Moon Moon Sen, elected from Bankura on a Trinamool Congress ticket after defeating CPM leader Basudeb Acharia, was escorted into Parliament House along with other party colleagues by Mukul Roy on Tuesday. “Oh, it is so overwhelming,” she exclaimed staring at the walls and domes of the imposing building. Charged with emotion, she said, “My mother (actor Suchitra Sen who passed away early this year) would have really felt proud.”
Having failed to appoint new law officers so far, the NDA government has requested solicitor general Mohan Parasaran, whose resignation has not been accepted so far, to continue in the job for some more days. While the senior advocate was not very keen to do so, it is learnt that he agreed after a senior government functionary pleaded with him. On Tuesday, Parasaran represented the government in some important cases in the Delhi High Court.
The Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s first list of law officers may be a bit unusual. For, the list is set to have two former High Court judges former Delhi High Court judge Neeraj Kishan Kaul and former Punjab and Haryana High Court judge P S Patwalia — as additional solicitors general. Another thing common to both the senior advocates is the fact that both were appointed to the HC Bench at relatively young age and both resigned after a short stint to return to active practice. Neeraj Kishan’s brother Sanjay Kishan is currently the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana HC while Patwalia is the son of former Supreme Court judge Kuldeep Singh.
Used to the normally staid language of politicians, officials at the Women and Child Development Ministry got a jolt when minister Maneka Gandhi during a review meeting on Monday urged them to pull up their socks to make things “sexy”. Maneka meant that the ministry should be in the public eye by dint of its work but that did not reduce the shock effect. She has, meanwhile, told officials that there will be a daily meeting at 10 am every day.