Bars no bar
High flying arms agent Abhishek Verma may be behind bars with multiple cases being filed against him by the CBI ranging from leaking secret documents to forgery but is still managing to maintain a social profile. Verma, who is in jail along with his wife Anca, has a profile on twitter that has suddenly become active again after a gap of months. While Verma may not be posting himself, his advocate has been posting updates, including the dates of his upcoming hearing in courts. The latest message is about the status of Verma’s mother who was admitted to a hospital recently.
TIHAR’S WHO’S WHO
THE Tihar jail has become home to several high-profile people from Haryana. To start with, Manu Sharma, son of former Congress minister Vinod Sharma, convicted in the Jessica Lal murder case, landed there. Thereafter, it was the turn of former minister of state for Home Gopal Kanda, who is facing trial in the Geetika Sharma suicide case. The latest inmates are INLD MLAs Ajay Chautala and Sher Singh Badshami, while party president Om Prakash Chautala was shifted to a hospital after a brief stay. Also thrown in are two IAS officers, Sanjiv Kumar and Vidyadhar, following their conviction in the JBT teachers’ recruitment scam. The prison authorities are worried about peace inside after a violent INLD protest in the Capital.
MISSING IN ACTION
DURING a public meeting called by the Justice J S Verma Committee last weekend, many senior officers did not make it for the hearing. The prominent absentees were the Delhi Police commissioner and the CBI director. Incidentally, the committee had been constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs to suggest changes in laws relating to sexual harassment in wake of the Delhi gangrape incident. The absence of Delhi Police chief Neeraj Kumar, who had been invited by the committee to present his views, irked the members. The Delhi Police, however, gave a presentation before the committee through its counsel Siddhartha Luthra.
JUMPING THE GUN
CONGRESS leader Mohan Prakash may have jumped the gun by stating in Jaipur on Monday that no senior party office-bearers, including PCC chiefs, DCC chiefs and general secretary in charge of states, will be allowed to contest elections and they will have to resign if they want to. Congress leaders in Delhi have clarified that the proposal had come up for discussions only and no decision was taken. Many other issues that