Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A hot weapon for India.

Indian military to weaponise world's hottest chili

Guwahati: The Indian military has a new weapon against terrorism: The world's hottest chili.

After conducting tests, the military has decided to use the thumb-sized 'bhut jolokia', or "ghost chili," to make tear gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspects, defense officials said.

The 'bhut jolokia' was accepted by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the world's spiciest chili. It is grown and eaten in India's northeast for its taste, as a cure for stomach troubles and a way to fight the crippling summer heat.

Image: In this July 4, 2007 file photo, a farmer shows a "Bhut jolokia" or "ghost chili" pepper plucked from his field in Assam.

Text & Images: AP

Door to afterlife from ancient Egyptian tomb unearthed

2010-03-30 13:50:56
Last Updated: 2010-03-30 15:28:32


Cairo: Archaeologists have unearthed a 3,500-year-old door to the afterlife from the tomb of a high-ranking Egyptian official near Karnak temple in Luxor, the Egyptian antiquities authority has said.

These recessed niches found in nearly all ancient Egyptian tombs were meant to take the spirits of the dead to and from the afterworld. The nearly six-foot- tall (1.75 meters) slab of pink granite was covered with religious texts.

The door came from the tomb of User, the chief minister of Queen Hatshepsut, a powerful, long ruling 15th century B.C. queen from the New Kingdom with a famous mortuary temple near Luxor in southern Egypt.

User held the position of vizier for 20 years, also acquiring the titles of prince and mayor of the city, according to the inscriptions. He may have inherited his position from his father.

Viziers in ancient Egypt were powerful officials tasked with the day-to-day running of the kingdom's complex bureaucracy.

As a testament to his importance, User had his own tomb on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor, where royal kings and queens were also buried. A chapel dedicated to him has also been discovered further south in the hills near Aswan.

The stone itself was long way from its tomb and had apparently been removed from the grave and then incorporated into the wall of a Roman-era building, more than a thousand years later.

False doors were placed in the west walls of tombs and faced offering tables where food and drink were left for the spirit of the deceased.


My first sexual experience was at 11, reveals Sarkozy's father

2010-03-28 14:50:00
Last Updated: 2010-03-28 15:38:04

Paris: Pal Sarkozy, father of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has admitted in a new book that he had his first sexual experience with his nanny when he was 11.

Pal, 81, has confessed in a new autobiography called 'So Much Life' that he was a philanderer ever since seducing his childhood nanny when he was just 11, Daily Mail reported.
He wrote: ‘Sleep! That's a joke! I innocently asked the nanny to lie down next to me as if to give me a big cuddle while whispering the story. She obeyed.

'I slipped my clumsy but hurried hand under her skirt while she, unperturbed, continued reading.'

He went on to write that after 'finding peace with my body, my desire satisfied', she rearranged her dress and kissed him on the forehead.

'From then on, I would ask for my nurse and stories every night.'

Pal, a Hungarian aristocrat who reached France after the second World War as a refugee, has admitted to regularly cheating on the mother of his three children, Andree, before abandoning her. Nicolas was five at the time, the media report said.

Another honour killing in Punjab

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In yet another case of honour killings, a couple was shot dead in Punjab on the orders of the girl's father for marrying against his wishes.

It has been reported that the victims Prabhjot Kaur and Pradeep Singh from Ferozepur, both students of Class 12 were shot dead by five unidentified gunmen, when they arrived at a local school in Amritsar for their board examinations.

The killers fled the spot after the murder and snatched the carbine of a security guard accompanying the couple. The victims were provided police protection on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court after their marriage.

There are reports that as many as 15 bullets were fired at the couple, who died on the spot.

"This incident should not have happened. But the boy's behaviour was not correct. He had left his first wife and also has a child. He married his wife's niece. It is a case of personal enmity," said Sukhdev Singh Brar, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Firozepur.

Most of us have burnt our fingers in the stock market. Its only recently that the markets have started improving but I have still not found the courage to invest in the market again. Investing in stock market is actually a game very few have mastered and few of us just do what we are told or rather what we hear.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Just a Reminder!

Seize the Day
by Derek Lin

Here's a puzzle for you: What do you see in this grid above? What do you think it represents?

Okay, it's not a difficult puzzle. The answer is "one year." The columns represent days and the rows are the twelve months of the year, so each day of the year occupies one square.

"Okay," you ask, "so what's the big deal?"

When I look at this grid I get a chill because I'm used to thinking about one year as a long time. Chances are, you do too. But when a year is represented like this, and you can see every day of the year at a glance, suddenly a year doesn't seem so long anymore.

This grid is the layout of a typical table blotter calendar that you can find in any office supply store. It's quite an ordinary, everyday thing. Why should it be any different from a regular yearly calendar that shows the same thing month by month? I'm not sure. Perhaps it is because we've also been conditioned to think of a month as a long time. Perhaps the irregular number of days in a month and the space between months all contribute to that illusion.

In any event, confronting the grid and contemplating its meaning is a sobering experience for me. You cross out a square with each day passes, and no power in Heaven or Earth can bring that day back for you. Once it's gone, it's gone forever. And when another year has passed, all the squares will be crossed out, irrevocably lost. You move on to another grid.

How many more grids do you have? For me, perhaps forty more, if I am lucky. And what is the number forty? It can be expressed as a five-by-eight matrix. The number of table blotters I have left fill the matrix, representing my life. With the passing of each year, one square from this tiny matrix disappears, never to exist again.

If I am lucky. If not, then my matrix - yours too - contains considerably less squares. For all I know I may have just a few more table blotters remaining. The same is true for you.

When you see it this way, you come to the inescapable conclusion that, indeed, life is too short. We hear this platitude so frequently, it has all but lost its power. But now, seen from a fresh angle, the message regains its dark potency. We, all of us, really don't have that much time in this plane of existence. If life is a lesson, it's a crash course.

One face of India.

Rescued minor gets marriage proposals, Monday March 29, 2010, New Delhi
Life for a 15-year-old schoolgirl from the Jaldhaka area of West Bengal, who went missing in February last year, hasn't changed much. The seventh standard student was allegedly kidnapped by a woman from her village and brought to the Capital to be yet another face in the flesh trade.

The girl was rescued from one of the brothels of GB Road along with several others in November 2009. Her family is in the city for the last five months, but are yet to meet their daughter, who is currently being sheltered by the NGO Stop Trafficking and Oppression of People (STOP). What's more startling is the fact that the two men, who are allegedly involved in bringing girls from West Bengal to brothels in the national capital, are claiming the custody of the girl too.

"I have been getting calls from two people who were involved in bringing my daughter to the Capital. They call me repeatedly and tell me that they want to marry her. I know they will send her back to the brothel. I want my daughter to come back to me and continue her education. I hope I finally get the custody of my child. I am a poor man and have been putting up at various places in the city. I am left with no money. It's getting difficult to sustain each day in the city," said Lal Biswakarma, father of the girl.

Lal has submitted the girl's school and date of birth certificates along with other documents to the NGO, but hasn't got her back. "My daughter went missing last year. Initially we thought that a local boy had eloped with our girl. But later when the police investigated the case, they found out that the boy was still in the village and was not at all involved. Sometime later we got to know she was working in Delhi as a domestic help.

"We persuaded her to come back but she said she'll come back after a few months. She also sent us money during this period. It was only in November last year that we heard that she had been rescued from a brothel in the Capital," added Lal.

A member from Nirmal Chayya, a shelter home for the destitute, said, "There was some problem regarding the papers of the minor girl. We needed proper documents for verification. The girl's father has submitted some papers. Their case will come up for hearing soon."

Lal is in the city with members of an NGO from Siliguri, Kanchenjunga Relief Centre.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

What is happening?

Maoists threaten to blow up Orissa CM house

BHUBANESWAR: An e-mail by suspected Maoists, received at the Orissa Chief Minister's Office (CMO) here threatened to blow up the residence of Naveen Patnaik and other important establishments in the state, officials said on Sunday.

The mail suggests bullet injuries to top Maoist leaders Kishenji and Bikram.

"We will reply to each bullet those hit Kishanji and comrade Bikram," said the e-mail received yesterday purportedly sent by the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the Peoples' Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), a Maoist outfit.

"As soon as you launch joint special operation or 'Green Hunt', we will start attacks at Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri simultaneously," the e-mail has said.

Asking the chief minister not to rejoice over the deployment of central para-military force (CPMF) in the state, it said, "Your happiness over getting additional force is temporary".

Describing the police personnel as a "helpless lot" in the administrative set up, the e-mail has threatened to target corrupt bureaucrats by the use of ultra-modern weapons available under cyber technology.

The state secretariat, office of the commissioner of police, police headquarters in Cuttack, armoury of 6th Battalion of OSAP (Orissa special armed police), Orissa Computer Application Centre (OCAC), Grid Corporation of Orissa (Gridco), Nalco and Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) are identified in its target.

Claiming PLGA had successfully hacked the state government portal on March 11, the e-mail said the rebel's acts would be more devastating this time as they were aware of the loopholes in the government set-up.

A senior official of the home department said that they are probing the incident.

What is happening?

Maoists attract youths with salary, cut of extortion money
Press Trust of India, Sunday March 28, 2010, New Delhi
In an attempt to attract more unemployed youths into their armed fight, the Maoists have started shelling out Rs 3,000 to each of their cadre as salary and a cut of the extortion money.

The strategy of the Maoist leadership to give monetary incentives to the cadres has led to many unemployed youngsters hailing from backward areas in the Naxal-hit states joining the movement, officials say.

"It is a matter of concern. Acute poverty coupled with lack of job opportunities is turning many youths to Naxalism. They get Rs 3,000 as monthly remuneration and a cut of the extortion money they collect," a Home Ministry official said.

The extremists extort money to the tune of Rs 1,400 crore annually as they operate in mineral-rich areas where hundreds of industries are located.

Due to fear of attacks and in return of security from the Maoists, many of the industries, businessman, contractors and even some government officials in the Maoist-affected territories give extortion money to them.

"They can now bring many sectors of Indian economy to their knees. But they don't want to do it today. They know that if they do that now, the state will come very hard on them. They are not fully prepared to face the onslaught of the state machinery. So, they would rather go very slowly," Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai had said recently.

As a counter to the Maoist strategy, the government has taken up 34 districts in eight states as focus areas as all of them had high incidence of Naxal violence.

Besides, the Home Ministry is also trying to build capacity in the state police forces and helping them with deployment of central forces, sharing intelligence, training support and inter-state coordination.

During the past six months, security forces were able to take control of around 4,000 sq km area from Naxals and restore civil administration there. However, this is not much as about 40,000 sq km of area is now being dominated by the Maoists.

A total of 908 people have lost their lives last year, the highest since 1971, in Naxal violence and the security agencies feel that violence may go up this year and the next year.

Lessons the learned learn!

Teaching a lesson with broomstick

It was at dusk when Malamma started sweeping the floor in my aunt’s place and suddenly threw the broomstick aside and said, ‘Azaan (Muslim prayer call) is going on we should not sweep the floor now. And then I noticed her red bindi, green bangles and a bottle-green cotton sari; a common attribute of the women in the northern part of Karnataka.

She belonged to Gulbarga and had migrated to Bangalore with her husband some five years ago. Ask her whether she attended school and then she laughs, ‘In our family only men are lucky enough to go to school.’

She is old, may be in her fifties but refuses to retire, which is very much evident by her active movements. Illiterate but more cultured than the ones who have many degrees in their name. A Hindu by religion and all she knows is to sweep, mop, cook rotis on the firewood, and also works in construction sites to earn money for a decent livelihood in Bangalore.

And the day I saw this illiterate Hindu woman paying respect to ‘allah’ in her own way, I was surprised. No teacher ever taught her that India is a secular country but she seems to know what it means, literally. Her idea of dropping the broomstick for a prayer might sound illogical but I respect her gesture of respect to the God in her ‘opposition.’

Which school can teach us to respect other religion? When we join hands to pray to ‘our’ God we forget the basic teaching of all the religion is ‘to respect other religion.’ What is it that makes us think the way we do? Is it because we go to school and learn science and mathematics? She never learnt anything but she still managed to teach a lesson.

Sonali Desai

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2 Responses to “Teaching a lesson with broomstick”

  1. Pradeep Prasad Says:

    Your story reminded me of an incident 4 years back. After darshan of Lord Venkateshwara in Tirumala, we were on our way to one of the restaurants for lunch. My dad overheard someone’s conversation that some of the ashrams located on the hills also serve good lunch for devotees and expect a voluntary donation for the same. So we changed our plans, enquired more about the mutts/ashram and marched our way into one of them.

    In some ashrams, the dining area for Brahmins is isolated from the regular dining area. In other words it is ‘Brahmin only’ area, and people are required to adhere to a specific dress code. Since I was dressed in a safari suit, I needed a dhoti to enter the ‘Brahmin only’ premises. The only option was to ask one of the minions in the ashram, a clean spare dhoti. Luckily, there was one and that person was more than willing to lend it to me. His name was Vasu.

    After lunch, I went straight to the cashier to make a voluntary donation and then changed into my safari suit. Next, I went to Vasu to return the dhoti, and while returning the dhoti, I held a 20 rupee note in my hand just to thank him for the favour. But little did I know what was going to happen next. Vasu gave me a very good lecture on human ethics and karma, I think even the ashram pontiff could not have spoken such golden words.It was very straghtforward and touched my heart.

    I felt ashamed by my own action and asked for his forgivemess. Though he spoke a lot of things, I will just iterate the 2 important ones:
    1. Not all human beings live just to earn money, some like me have a purpose in life and you cannot demean individuals like me with your money.
    2. Janaseveya janaardana seve- It means serving humanity is like serving god.


  2. A.R.S.Iyer Says:

    It is nuggets like these that restores our faith in humanity. In the fast changing world we live today women like Malamma reassure us that everything is well in our society.

Ghost Fair!


Ghost fair in Jharkhand witnesses a sea of humanity

2010-03-27 16:00:00
Last Updated: 2010-03-28 01:04:05

Palamu: Though people all over the world visit religious places to seek blessings for happiness and a good fortune for themselves, an annual fair held in Jharkhand's Palamu district attracts people who wish to free themselves of the suspected evil spirits' influence.

Hundreds of devotees of tribal and non-tribal families participated in a unique the 'Ghost fair' hosted in the vicinity of Sheetala Mata temple here recently.

The large presence of believers during the annual fair felt like a literal sea of humanity near the temple located in the Haider Nagar. It is held during the nine days of Navratri festival here.

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Devotees camped in tents in front of the temple and persons 'possessed' by ghosts were escorted to the temple where the priests and Tantriks (sorcerers) would perform various rituals and offer prayers before the Goddess.

During these rituals, the persons who are in trance, are believed to have been influenced by the divine power of the presiding deity.

People at the fair said that they arrived here after being unsatisfied by doctors for their respective medical problems.

"This is an age-old mystic temple. People have been visiting this temple for 50 to 60 years. They come here to fulfill their wishes, get rid of the evil spirits or any problem they are facing. The presiding deity of temple goddess relieves them of all the problems," said Surendra Nath Tyagi, priest of Sheetala Mata temple, Hairderpur.

It is believed that besides obviation from evil spirits, the devout visitors also have a belief that their all wishes will be realized after praying here by a pure heart and deep faith.

"After noticing such a sea of devotees at this temple, one can make out that there has to be some reality in this ritual, otherwise people would not visit this temple. I feel that this temple has some powers, that is why people come here to get rid of their problems," said Meera Devi, one of the devotee.

This fair has been a popular event for several decades.

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Why Hyderabad is a breeding Ground for Terrorists

Why Hyderabad is a breeding ground for jihad

March 23, 2010 11:13 IST

During interrogation in Kerala [ Images ] last week, alleged terrorist T Naseer claimed that Hyderabad is the epi-centre of jihad in India [ Images].'s Vicky Nanjappa reports from Hyderabad on how the city has become a breeding ground for jihadis.

A couple of days ago, captured Lashkar-e-Tayiba [ Images ] operative T Naseer reportedly told his Kerala police interrogators that Hyderabad is the Pakistani-based terrorist outfit's Indian headquarters.

Information provided by the security agencies reveal that Hyderabad has the most number of alleged terror operatives who have gone missing or are currently believed to be resident in Pakistan.

Walking through the streets of Hyderabad's old city, one does get the feeling of alienation amongst its youth. Old timers in the area say many of them have not come to terms with the fact that the city was liberated from the Nizam in September 1948 and handed over to the Indian government. They speak about how prosperous the city was under the Nizam and allege how after the liberation thousands of Muslims have been killed.

Maulana Nasirrudin, a Muslim cleric who has just been acquitted of charges under the Terrorist and Disruptive (Prevention) Activities Act, says that many residents have not forgotten the lives lost when the city was liberated nearly 62 years ago. He claims there have been several police atrocities against Muslims since as a result of which some have gone to Pakistan in a bid to take revenge.

"This is not the right approach. We need to stay and fight the government and demand our rights," the maulana points out.

Mohammed Shahid Bilal, the alleged mastermind in the August 2007 twin blasts in the city and the Mecca Masjid blasts in May that year, who is said to have been killed in an encounter in Pakistan, continues to remain a hero in the area where he lived.

A youth from his area, who preferred not to be identified for this report, says, "Saab jab tak Bilal tha, paani or current ka problem nahin tha. (When Bilal was alive, we did not have water or power problems)."

"He was framed by the police since he stood up to a RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) leader," alleges the young man. "The RSS leader wanted to instal a Ganapati [ Images ] pandal on wakf land and Bilal opposed this. After this they started fixing him in murder cases and later terrorism charges. He went to Pakistan to take revenge on the Indian establishment and has not returned since."

The Hyderabad police dismiss this allegation. City police officers say many young men are influenced by Lashkar propaganda. "We have evidence to prove that these men owe allegiance to the Lashkar. In 2002 the Lashkar decided to get aggressive. In October 2002, 14 men were sent to Pakistan for training. Various reasons like the liberation of Hyderabad, the demolition of the Babri Masjid [ Images ] were given to brainwash these men," the police sources say.

These men, the police sources claim, established sleeper cells in the city. In 2007, when the Lashkar gave a call for jihad, the likes of Bilal and Rehman Khan became full-fledged terror operatives. They were among the 14 men who had been sent to Pakistan and told to set up Lashkar networks in the city.

Intelligence Bureau agents believe Rehman Khan changed the thinking of many Muslim young men in Hyderabad and ensured that several Hyderabadi youth traveled to Pakistan to pursue jihad.

Hyderabad police sources say the first batch of 14 men executed several terror attacks including the assassination of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya, the May 2007 blast at the Mecca Masjid and the August 2007 twin blasts at Lumbini Park and Gokul Chaat.

"Muslims have always been blamed and sidelined," says Riyaz, a resident of the city's Moosrambagh area. "Today there is anger since many youth are being framed in terror-related cases. Why would a Muslim bomb a mosque and kill his own people? It was the blame for the Mecca Masjid blasts which angered us the most. I know it is stupid to join some organisation in Pakistan and fight the Indian government. But several youth have crossed the border to take revenge."

Human rights activist Lateef Mohammad Khan, who is fighting for Muslim youth booked in cases of terrorism, believes it is a conspiracy against the community. "Is there anything wrong in raising your voice against injustice? If the youth raise their voice, then they are branded terrorists. Following the blasts in Hyderabad several youth were picked up. Thirty six youth were charged in these cases. As of today 30 have already been acquitted of all charges."

Motasim Billa, who has been acquitted of terror charges, said during an earlier meeting: "I feel like laughing at what you guys write in the press. One day I am the commander of the HuJI (Harkat-ul-Jamaat-e-Islami) and the next day I am the chief of Lashkar's southern operations. Here I am standing in front of you. Do I look like a terrorist? It is all a conspiracy."

While the 2007 bomb blast cases and the charges that followed angered several Muslim youth, Maulana Nasiruddin's arrest was a turning point. When the maulana was arrested for provocative speeches in the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat violence, there was a protest outside the police headquarters. A young man named Mujahid was shot by the police.

IB agents claim this incident led to Nasiruddin's son Riazzuddin Nasir, a friend of Mujahid, to take up arms. He was recruited by Lashkar agents and sent to train in Pakistan. Before he could carry out attacks, Nasir was arrested by the Karnataka [Images ] police. He is currently in a Gujarat jail facing charges for the July 2008 Ahmedabad [ Images ] bombings. The maulana's other two sons, Yasir and Jabir, are in an Indore jail facing terrorism charges.

The Lashkar, the IB sources say, has planned to set up a terror network in Hyderabad since 2000 when its founders Mohammad Saeed and Abdul Rehman Makki declared at a rally in Pakistan that the time had come to liberate Hyderabad from Hindu rule and restore the rule of the Nizam.

IB sources say the Lashkar first sent a man named Ishtiaq with an Indian passport. He married a local resident and tried setting up a network, but was picked up by the police.

Azam Ghauri then took over; he was accused of involvement in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai [ Images ] serial blasts. IB sources say Ghauri set up a network comprising nearly 70 men before he was killed in a police encounter.

Abdul Aziz, who had done jihadi service in Bosnia, was Lashkar's next choice for leader. With the help of the city's criminals he roped in the likes of Bilal and Rehman Khan.

A large part of Hyderabad's old city remains underdeveloped. Many of its winding lanes are havens for petty crime, pervasive unemployment and poverty. The promoters of jihad find willing recruits from these lanes. Controversial clerics aid their cause.

"We have seized material several times which say the time has come for a jihad to liberate Hyderabad and restore the rule of the Nizam," police sources say. IB sources believe the Lashkar has its strongest network in the old city.

During a meeting of America's Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Indian security officials it emerged that 21 terrorists operating in Pakistan, including Abu Jundal, have Hyderabad origins. Hyderabad, the IB sources say, has surpassed Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh [ Images ] and Kerala as a breeding ground for Indian terrorists.

Hyderabad police sources believe Lashkar recruiters, foot soldiers and planners operate in the city. "We have intelligence that in the years to come they will set up modules for fidayeen (suicide attackers)," the sources say. "We suspect that there are at least 10 dedicated Lashkar modules in the city. It is a cat and mouse game. Since the blasts of two years ago, we have neutralised at least four of them (modules), but they are constantly working and keep setting up more modules."

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Justice Dinakaran's circulars quashed- The Hindu.

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: In what could be described as a major embarrassment to its Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran, the Karnataka High Court has struck down three administrative circulars issued by him.

All the circulars were declared ultra vires and quashed by a Division Bench comprising Justice N. Kumar and Justice B. Sreenivase Gowda.

The quashing of the December 29, 2008 circular on the territorial jurisdiction of the High Court would give relief to thousands of litigant public. They can now file cases before either the Principal Bench of the High Court in Bangalore or the Circuit Benches at Dharwad and Gulbarga.

The Bench passed the order on a review petition by Balachandra V. Dixit on the appointment of an administrator for the Mahabaleshwara temple at Gokarna.

Mr. Dixit had filed the petition before the High Court and the Chief Justice allotted the case, as per the roster, to the Bench dealing with similar matters. The Bench, however, ruled that the case should have been posted not before it but before the one that had passed the order.

When it was pointed out that the case had been allotted to it following a circular issued by the Chief Justice on December 29, 2008, the Bench struck down the circular as ultra vires and illegal. It said the Chief Justice, through the circular, could not mark the territorial jurisdiction of the High Court or bifurcate it among the benches.

The circular said that people from the districts in which the two benches had been constituted should file their cases there itself and not before the Principal Bench.

In another judgment, the same Bench held that the Chief Justice could not hear cases of court staff, including employees of the High Court.

Till now, the Chief Justice along with another judge on a Bench used to post before himself all cases filed by employees of the High Court and subordinate courts, and judicial officers. He had also issued a circular on December 29, 2008 in this regard.

The Bench held that if the Chief Justice passed an administrative order on an employee of the High Court, district or other courts, he could not hear the matter if this order was challenged judicially.

It was dealing with a petition by a peon of the District and Sessions Judge of Bijapur.

The Chief Justice had issued a notification that all cases filed by employees of the High Court, district courts and other courts must be heard by the first court which is headed by the Chief Justice. The Bench quashed this order, saying that administrative power exercised by the Chief Justice could be subjected to judicial scrutiny by the High Court, like any other action of any authority.

When the Chief Justice passed an administrative order, there was an obligation to follow the principles of natural justice. In this case, the circular by the Chief Justice said all petitions by employees of the High Court and subordinate courts, and judicial officers should be posted before court hall 1.

Since the Chief Justice was a party directly or indirectly passing the administrative order, he could not decide on its correctness. “The rule is no man ought to be a judge in his own case.”