Nothing off the record
East corporation Mayor Annapurna Mishra seems to have taken a liking to speaking on camera. When a TV journalist asked her whether the civic agency has adequate manpower and machinery for desilting, Mishra said, “Pehle camera on kijiye phir hi mein bataungi (I will not speak until you begin recording).”
15 minutes of fame
The Arushi Talwar-Hemraj double murder is one of the most high-profile cases that the Ghaziabad court has ever seen. While the CBI has a separate set of lawyers, the criminal case advocates in Ghaziabad have all been wanting to represent one of the parties in the case. The ones who are already part of the hearing are trying to make the best use of media attention. One of the lawyers involved, who represents a domestic help initially named as an accused, now has a board outside his chamber. It reads, “Arushi case mein shaamil. Rashtriya khyati prapt abhivakta,” courtesy of all the media attention.
Never lie to the court
What could have initially appeared as an innocuous exercise to skip a summons by the court has put a Delhi Police constable in trouble. In March, the constable, posted with Seelampur police station in Northeast Delhi, sent a letter stating that he could not appear in court as he was on medical leave. Three months on, Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Rana has started criminal proceeding against him for perjury and not attending the court as per an order. The reason: The magistrate asked the area ACP if the constable was actually on medical leave on March 20. It turned out that he was not. Incensed with the falsity, the magistrate forwarded a complaint to his senior judge for taking action against the constable.
DU is Arjuna, SOL Eklavya
Though it admits more students every year (about 1.2 lakh) than all Delhi University colleges put together, DU’s School of Open Learning (SOL) is usually treated as poor cousin to campus colleges. SOL officials are critical of the disparity in resources allotted to the school compared to colleges. But they seem to have made their peace by looking at Indian mythology. “We consider ourselves to be on the side of Eklavya. It is a more important task. Our students don’t have all that Arjuna has, but it is our duty to make sure they learn as Eklavya did — from a distance. Except that they shouldn’t lose their thumbs,” said a senior SOL