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Under the World

While the court was in session,a young lawyer repeatedly answered the court’s queries with a rather casual,“Ya.”

German humour

While the court was in session,a young lawyer repeatedly answered the court’s queries with a rather casual,“Ya.” While an annoyed presiding judge told him to use the appropriate court parlance and say “yes,” the other judge in the Division Bench — known for his sense of humour — said,“Unless you are addressing the court in German.”

Last day,last show

If there is one person who made the most of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan missing his New Delhi-Mumbai flight on Wednesday,the last day of the monsoon session,it is BJP MLC Pasha Patel. Chavan was in Delhi attending Pranab Mukherjee’s swearing in as the 13th President. He was scheduled to leave for Mumbai at 3 pm,and be at the House in time to participate in the discussion. But,he missed the flight and was delayed by a few hours. Additional members were added to the list of participants so that the discussion continues. But Pasha,whose term has come to an end,seized the moment and chose to speak his mind on a range of issues — from the minority commission Bill to agriculture and even law and order.

Fire exit

From the charred remains of the June 21 Mantralaya fire seems to have emerged a new escape route out of spots of bother for the babudom. A government pleader in the Bombay High Court was heard recently complaining that officials,when asked to produce documents in court,claim that they were burnt in the fire. “Saglech mhantat kaagad jalale (everyone says that the papers got burnt),the lawyer was heard saying.

Jundal spanner


An enthusiastic Additional Commissioner of Police Krishna Prakash is busy making plans to beautify the heritage building housing the Anti Terrorism Squad and his office. He has ambitious plans to increase the height of the walls and fortify them,get a denser tree cover for the building,give a dimensional lift to the bunkers surrounding the office,and also improve the gardening at the building. But even before Prakash could submit his suggestions to ATS chief Rakesh Maria,he has been pulled into the security cordon for Abu Jundal. His mega plans will have to wait for a while now.

Beyond jurisdiction

Even as the Bombay High Court declined to grant bail to 2008 Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh,her professed sainthood did earn her something of a concession. While the case was being heard,the public prosecutor claimed that Singh had been causing trouble to prison authorities and demanded that the judge should “ask her to behave.” The judge,however,declined to give such a directive,and said in a lighter vein,“She is a Sadhvi,after all. She is above all of us.”