Opposition members in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are faced with different set of constraints as they plan to move a breach of privilege motion against the leak of the draft report of the JPC on 2G spectrum allocation. Since committee chairman P C Chacko,who is being blamed by the Opposition parties for the leak,is not a member of the Rajya Sabha,the privilege motion in the Upper House can only be invoked on the act of leakage and not against Chacko himself. The Lok Sabha members have the luxury of directly blaming Chacko for the leak but have another handicap. Chacko himself happens to be the chairman of Privileges Committee of the Lok Sabha!
IN the last few days,both India and Japan have had difficult times with China. The incursion of Chinese soldiers inside the Indian territory has upset New Delhi,while China and Japan have been involved in a stand-off in the sea-waters near a disputed island. Incidentally,the past few days have also seen India and Japan warming up to each other. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is already slated to visit Japan sometime next month. Now,the foreign offices of the two countries are learnt to have finalised a visit to India by Japans Emperor sometime later this year.
THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) is feeling disappointed with a decision of the Kerala High Court,turning down Centres request for an extension for special judge at Kochi. The special judge at Ernakulam S Vijayakumar is hearing important NIA cases related to fake currency and terror crimes but is due to retire at the end of this month. The NIA had asked Home Ministry to intervene and request the Kerala High Court to grant an extension to the judge till the trial in some of these cases was over. But the High Court asked the Centre to bear the expenses of the judge in case of an extension. The NIA is now trying to work out a formula where the Centre and the state will split the expenses between themselves.
SEEKING LEG SPACE
FEELING increasingly cramped in its headquarters building,the ever-expanding CRPF recently requested Urban Development Ministry for a plot of land lying vacant on Lodhi Road. The plot is owned by National Building Construction Company,a PSU attached to the ministry. While the CRPF has been assured that its request would be considered sympathetically,it is learnt that the Urban Development Ministry has,in the past,been not very keen to part with that piece of land because of its prime location.