EYE ON CHAIR
With the Law Commission without a full-time chairperson after former Supreme Court judge D K Jain resigned to take over as chairman of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, all three full-time members now want to be designated officiating chairperson. These members, including two former judges of the Delhi High Court, are learnt to be keen that one of them be designated the chairperson till somebody is appointed. However, the Law Ministry is not ready to accept this unusual request and is trying to find a replacement as soon as possible.
With instances of some NGOs receiving foreign funds and misusing them for anti-government protests growing, the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to step in and create awareness about how the funds can be utilised. As part of this, the MHA is organising a one-day “Outreach Seminar” next month in Kolkata to “sensitise stakeholders on various provisions of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Rules, 2011 and subsequent amendments/ notifications issued thereunder”. However, the venue of the seminar is yet to be decided.
Former Law Ministry additional secretary R M Sharma, who retired over five years ago, has been appointed consultant in the Justice Department. His order says he would act as adviser to Law Minister Kapil Sibal. However, while the Justice Ministry is located in Jaisalmer House, Sharma is trying to find a room for himself in Shastri Bhawan, where the Law Minister’s office is also located. However, his efforts seem to have borne no fruits and he has now been told that he would have to sit in Jaisalmer House as he is consultant in Justice Department.
Not on the same Page
At the launch of the BJP’s manifesto committee website, journalists grilled party manifesto committee chairman Murli Manohar Joshi about the absence of the photos of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and party strongman L K Advani from the webpage of the site. While photos of both Vajpayee and Advani were absent, photos of the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, president Rajnath Singh and Joshi adorned the webpage. Joshi’s response to the absence of the photos of the two party biggies was that he would take note of the matter.