LAWYERS IN Supreme Court were taken by surprise when they found Courtroom No. 1 locked on Thursday. A notice outside the courtroom stated that Chief Justice of India T S Thakur was not available to hold proceedings. It is learnt that the CJI fell ill at a dinner hosted by former Law Minister and senior lawyer Ashwani Kumar at his residence on Wednesday. It was a farewell dinner for a couple of judges of the Delhi High Court who retired recently. The CJI’s office informed that he visited a private hospital for a check-up and was now better. He is expected to be back in court on Friday.
EENAM GAMBHIR became the toast of social media after she articulated India’s response to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the UN in New York. Gambhir, a young diplomat, is a first secretary handling counter-terrorism at India’s mission at the UN. While her speech would have been crafted in consultation with senior officials, including India’s Permanent Representative at the UN Syed Akbaruddin, what is interesting is that she was on the Ministry of External Affairs’ Pakistan desk before she moved to New York.
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RJD SUPREMO Lalu Prasad Yadav got bail from the Supreme Court in the fodder scam case after senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani argued for him. It seems Lalu and his party are now relying on the veteran criminal lawyer to defend former MP and strongman Mohd Shahabuddin. On Monday, Jethmalani, who was recently nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the RJD, may appear for Shahabuddin in the Supreme Court, which has to take a call on cancelling his bail.
AS DELHI and other parts of the country grapple with dengue and chikungunya, the health ministry has started to look at all possible options to combat the situation. At a meeting with municipal heads, the possibility of introducing a plant called Agave americana, locally known as Ramban, in vector-control efforts was discussed. But the ministry was left red-faced when one of the participants asked for scientific evidence — while the plant is being tested for over a year now, there have been no positive results yet.