Last week, a Supreme Court Constitution bench led by Justice H L Dattu wondered how the term “horse-trading” was coined in the politics and asked senior advocate Fali S Nariman in a lighter vein as to why it should not be called “man-trading”. The judge’s amusement came as Nariman, arguing for Aam Aadmi Party’s petition for fresh polls in Delhi, alleged that largescale horse-trading was on. While Justice A K Sikri, also on the bench, quipped that it was probably said so because horses are costlier than men in the present world, Nariman remarked that horses had been defamed for too long and that the time probably had indeed come to start calling it “man-trading”.
THE government is believed to be holding back on some of the key appointments in the ED and the CBI till the current Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) Pradeep Kumar relinquishes office later this month. ED Director Rajan Katoch, for instance, was made Secretary, Heavy Industries, a month ago, of which he is holding the additional charge. Similarly, in the CBI, a few posts at the rank of Joint Director remain vacant. The government has not sent the panel of names to CVC apparently because it is apprehensive that he may object to its proposals. The government has reasons to fear since the CVC had already recommended a name for the ED Director’s post in March during UPA regime. The CVC is understood to have told the government to give reasons for turning down his recommendation, following which he will convey his “stand on the file”.
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to friends and well-wishers not to celebrate his birthday and instead dedicate time and resources towards relief work in this hour of need for flood-ravaged J&K. Modi’s appeal came amid plans to celebrate his birthday on September 17 across the country, including in Gujarat where he will be present that day. “I am hearing from different places that friends & well-wishers are planning various programmes and events for my birthday. My humble request — do not celebrate my birthday. Instead, dedicate yourselves towards relief work in J&K through your time and resources. The need of the hour is to stand shoulder to shoulder with our sisters and brothers of J&K,” Modi said ahead of his 64th birthday.
THE official website of the Congress party has apparently faced a cyber attack, leading to its shutdown since Saturday. Party leaders say this has been the third time in recent past that the website has been attacked. However, the party has not registered any complaint with the authorities. It is trying to restore the website, which it hopes would be done by Monday. Websites of major political parties have been frequent targets of hackers. Recently, head of BJP’s IT cell, Arvind Gupta, said the party’s official website and the personal website of Prime Minister Narendra Modi were amongst the most targeted websites.