Law Minister Kapil Sibal was in his elements at an interaction with students of the Delhi Universitys Law Faculty. The eminent lawyer,who spoke to a packed hall,told wannabe lawyers about his early days in the legal profession,including some anecdotes about cases he won and lost. The first case that he lost in the Supreme Court was an election matter and he appeared before a Bench comprising then Chief Justice of India P N Bhagwati. While the Bench heard him at length,it ruled against his client,Sibal told the students. He didnt allow this initial setback to deter him,Sibal added.
With HRD Minister Pallam Raju in protest mode over Telangana,it was left to MoS Shashi Tharoor to fill in at important ministerial events and duties of the day. With Raju staying confined to his residence through the day,Tharoor first chaired the Consultative Committee meeting with MPs and then addressed a media briefing on the Rs 22,000 crore higher education scheme that got the Cabinets go-ahead on Thursday. Raju,while he may have had to miss the announcement of this big budget HRD scheme,even amid the resignation buzz kept busy with education matters at his residence with both the School and Higher Education secretaries stepping in and out. The HRD minister is learnt to have flown off to Hyderabad in the evening though a visit to his constituency Kakinanda,where Telangana protesters are camping outside his residence,is still largely ruled out.
More than one and a half years after the Department of Personnel and Training first asked all ministries to put in place within 15 days regulatory parameters for exercise of discretionary powers of ministers and to put them in public domain so as to minimise arbitrariness in exercise of such powers,many ministries and departments have still not complied with the request. Last week,the DoPT once again sent out reminders to all departments,requesting them to do the needful. But,so far,there has been no response from the erring departments.
The Department of Personnel and Training has initiated the process of getting reports and clearances from the CVC and IB for short-listed applicants to post of Central Information Commissioners. Apart from the names of some candidates who have applied which became public earlier,few more have now come to light,including former RAW chief S K Tripathi,former petroleum secretary G C Chaturvedi,NALSAR,Hyderabad,professor Madabhushi Sridhar Acharyulu,former secretary department of posts Manjula Parashar,former higher education secretary Vibha Puri Das and and former Law Ministry joint secretary M A Khan Yusufi. A committee headed by Prime Minister will select five of the short-listed candidates once they are cleared by CVC and IB.