26 October, 2020

Midnight Moves

A meeting between Gowda and Ahmadi sets tongues wagging

Midnight Moves

LIKE his predecessor, Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda is fond of saying: "The law will take its own course". But, following the Prime Minister’s secret meeting with Supreme Court Chief Justice A.M. Ahmadi at the latter’s residence past midnight on September 25, speculation has been rife that Gowda (and his predecessor) are no longer content to let that happen as naturally.

P.V. Narasimha Rao is believed to have been the subject of the meeting, though the PMO and the Chief Justice’s office stayed tight-lipped. "Gowda has been meeting Rao on a day-to-day basis and since the fate of his Government depends on Congress support, the public perception is that Gowda’s visit to the Chief Justice at an odd hour must have been in connection with Rao," observed former law minister Shanti Bhushan.

If the effort was to ensure that Rao did not go to jail, it was only partially successful. Rao, who was to appear before Special CBI Judge Ajit Bharihoke at the Tis Hazari district courts on September 30 to face the music in the $100,000...



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