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PM’s principal secy turns up at CJI’s home

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Nripendra Misra

New Delhi : TV visuals on Saturday showed the Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra turning up at the residence of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, at No 5, Krishna Menon Marg, a day after four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court virtually revolted against the CJI, raising questions over “selective” case allocation. The visuals showed Nripendra Misra driving to the CJI’s official residence here. His car couldn’t go in as the gate was not opened. Nripendra Misra sent an aide to enquire if a meeting was possible. He drove away on being reportedly informed that the CJI is not available. Nripendra Misra (72), a retired IAS officer, has been serving as Principal Secretary in the PM’s office since the BJP came to power in 2014.

After the TV visuals were aired, the Congress was quick to criticise the government, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi must give an answer as to why a “special messenger” was sent to the CJI. “As PM’s Principal Secretary, Nripendra Misra visits CJI’s residence at 5, Krishna Menon Marg; PM must answer the reason for sending this special messenger to Chief Justice of India,” the party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted.