CBI Director Ranjit Sinha’s case diaries would make for great reading, but so did his visitor’s book — many of whom were about to be booked. Guards are meant to provide a sense of security, but they could also do the opposite if their notations of entries and exits of visitors to VIP homes are released as an open book. In the current spirit of ‘open-bookedness’, the diaries of other VIP residences have been made public. Here are some of the more interesting ones.
7, Race Course Road: Date: August 28. Mr Chaurasia and Mr Khan. Profession: specialists in teaching the flute and drums. Mr Kaisekahe. Profession: Japanese language expert. Mr Pankaj Singh. Profession: politician, son of Home Minister. Troy Costa+two trunks. Profession: fashion designer. Date: September 5. Doordarshan crew with Smriti Irani. Group of teachers and group of parents (refused entry). September 6: Troy Costa+two trunks with stars and stripes. Mr Braganza. Profession: saxophone player. Mr Thomas Cook. Profession: expert in US visa. Mr Prasad. Profession: founder, Gift a Gita Society.
Rahul Gandhi: Standing Instructions: Old Guard to be replaced with new guards. September 1: Ajay Maken. Digvijaya Singh (refused entry). Ajay Maken. A K Antony+copy of Antony Report on 2014 elections. Group of 16 AICC secretaries. Priyanka Gandhi. Ajay Maken. Mr Gyan. Profession: political science teacher. Mr Dambara. Profession: expert on inflation. Mr Khera. Profession: expert on public speaking. Mr Bijli: expert on power shortage. Mr Chamcha. Profession: to polish silver spoon. September 5: flunkies to set up TV set to allow Rahul to watch the Prime Minister talk to children.
2, Janpath: Permanent visitors for Mr and Mrs Sinha: Three cooks from ITBP. One cobbler from ITBP. One barber from ITBP. One tailor from ITBP. Visitor diary keeper from unknown agency. September 1: Prashant Bhushan+one bulky package. Profession: lawyer/politician/NGO activist/whistleblower. September 5: Vikas Singh. Profession: Ranjit Sinha’s lawyer. September 6: doorman, waiting to show Mr Sinha the door.
Sonia Gandhi: September 2: Manmohan Singh (waiting room). Ahmed Patel. Abhishek Singhvi, Congress spokesman. Sheila Dikshit. 12 members of Old Guard. Digvijaya Singh. September 3: Manmohan Singh (waiting room). Priyanka Gandhi. Ahmed Patel. Oscar Fernandes. R S Cheema. Profession: lawyer, representing board of National Herald. Sheila Dikshit. Eight members of Old Guard. September 4: Manmohan Singh (waiting patiently in waiting room). Sheila Dikshit. Two members of Old Guard. September 5: Manmohan Singh (still in waiting room). Sheila Dikshit (joins him in waiting room). One remaining member of Old Guard, Janardhan Dwivedi, who had suggested all leaders above a certain age should quit party posts. September 6: Digvijaya Singh,after his comment that Rahul’s silence on critical issues had played a role in the party’s electoral defeat. Janardan Dwivedi. Rahul Gandhi. Priyanka Gandhi. Digvijaya Singh. Flunky carrying peace pipe. Flunky carrying hatchet. A K Antony carrying Antony report which absolved leadership of blame for losing 2014 election. September 7: changing of the Guard.
Manmohan Singh: No entries. Can be contacted at 10, Janpath.
Vijay Mallya: September 1: Representative of UBI, representative of IDBI, representative of SBI, representatives of 14 other banks, Federation of Debt Collectors, employees of Kingfisher Airlines, employees of Force India Formula 1 team, members of Royal Challengers Bangalore, people employed on his yacht, private aircraft, drivers of his luxury/vintage car fleet. Domestic help employed at his houses in Goa, Bangalore, Mumbai and elsewhere. Team of lawyers carrying RBI guidelines on wilful defaulters.
L K Advani: September 1: Representative of Personal Pension Fund. Representative of Rishikesh Retirement Homes. Murli Manohar Joshi.
Murli Manohar Joshi: September 2: Representative of Personal Pension Fund. Representative of Rishikesh Retirement Homes. L K Advani.