THE APPEAL by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur that courts should also function during vacations has not gone completely unheard. While several branches of the judiciary are yet to respond to Thakur, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission appears to be the first institution to have accepted the CJI’s proposal. The commission is holding sittings and deciding cases during the summer vacation. In case of the higher judiciary, the response is lukewarm, though. One reason, as earlier, is the reluctance of senior advocates to forego their vacation plans in lieu of arguing cases in courts during the season of rising mercury.
THE CONGRESS debacle in the Rajya Sabha elections in Haryana has come as a blessing in disguise for Kuldeep Bishnoi, who recently joined the party. It is widely being speculated that former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda had left his ballot paper blank, going against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s direction to vote for R K Anand. Like Hooda, Bishnoi too had strongly opposed voting for Anand, but had said that he would go by what the Gandhis decide. In the end, the only three votes of 17 Congress MLAs which were found valid included that of Bishnoi and his wife Renuka and CLP leader Kiran Choudhary. Congress has been looking for a strong non-Jat leader and, if sources in the party are to be believed, Bishnoi is fast become a rallying point for anti-Hooda leaders in Haryana Congress.
THE HRD Ministry has finally sent the file on appointment of the new CBSE chief to DoPT. Of the three names shortlisted in order of merit by the selection committee, the ministry has opted for Uttar Pradesh SCERT’s head Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh, who is third on the list. Apparently the ministry hasn’t endorsed the first two candidates, which includes Professor K Biswal from NUEPA, on grounds of lack of adequate administrative experience in education. This is the second time Biswal was shortlisted at the first spot for the job. The CBSE has been headless since December 2014.
LOK SABHA Secretariat has decided to discontinue the practice of issuing eight extra air tickets to unmarried MPs in lieu of those issued to spouses. If such tickets are booked by MPs, the secretariat has decided, then those journeys will be included in the 34 free journeys MPs are allowed annually.