Finally, the portraits of British- era Judges will be shifted from the courtrooms of the Bombay High Court into a museum. For over six decades following independence, the portra

its and busts of British Judges remain in the court halls. Many just ignore that, but some are irked.

A social activist Nitin Deshpande, raised this issue by filing a PIL seeking removal of these portraits. Deshpande subsequently withdrew the PIL. Lets do a flashback, shall we? Lokmanya BG Tilak was convicted by Justice Davar in Room No. 46 ( Central Hall) in 1908. There is a portrait of Justice Davar in the courtroom number 40 even today. Besides, there is a bust of Justice Norman Macleod in Room No. 46 and a statue of Justice D. F. Mulla on the lawns of the High Court. Both of them had removed Gandhijis name from the Roll of Barristers on January 17, 1923.

Thankfully, the High Court administration recently took a decision to construct a museum in which, besides other objects of historical value, the portraits of these British- era judges would be kept.

( NOT) LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON While his father, the noted criminal lawyer Ujjwal Nikam is known for sending criminals to the gallows, his son advocate Aniket Nikam is bailing them out. Ujjwal Nikam was the Special Public Prosecutor in various high profile cases such as the 1993 Bombay blasts, the Gulshan Kumar murder case and the Pramod Mahajan murder trial, and most recently the 26/ 11 Mumbai terror attacks case. Due to Nikams efforts, the main accused Ajmal Kasab was held guilty and sentenced to death. On the other hand Nikam junior recently defended tainted NCP Minister Gulabrao Deokar, who is allegedly involved in the multi- crore Jalgaon housing scam. The young law graduate from the prestigious New York law school alt39 bailedalt39 out the tainted leader at a time when Deokars ministry was at stake. Party sources say, had the bail been delayed for even a day, Deokar would have lost his ministry.

Interestingly, while Nikam Jr is reported to have camped in Jalgaon all through last week, he seems to have abandoned the Adarsh Inquiry Commission where he represents the defence ministry. Nikam wasnalt39t seen at the commission when key witnesses including former ministers were being examined last week. After taking up Deokars matter, it looks like Nikam Jr has switched priorities. From attempting to nail the allegedly tainted he now seems to be protecting them.

STREET TURNS INTO GALLERY OF MURALS Want to unwind after the days rough- and- tumble? Just walk down Tulsi Pipe Street running through Dadar. The entire street has transformed into a vista of murals, thanks to a crowd- powered public art project called Mumbai Wallbook.

” We worked in 3 teams. The experience was really great, coming after a long spell of tense studies this was something I wanted to do as it was related to fine art and talent,” said Prashant Chavan, an artist who painted at the Mumbai Wallbook.

Each of the wall paintings has its own angle on the complex reality that is Mumbai. The most common theme is the daily grind of Mumbaikars. Must say that is hardly surprising.

BOYISH LOOKS: BLESSING IN DISGUISE ( WELL, SOMETIMES) With the recent Supreme Court judgement ordering around 8,000 illegal encroachers to vacate the citys government transit camps, the housing body MHADAs ( Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority) offices are full of squatters trying to get themselves portrayed sympathetically in the media. They are seeking out reporters to interview them, and MHADAs office is chockablock with reporters hunting for news.

One afternoon, one such group was eyeing me expectantly, as I waited outside MHADA vice- president Satish Gavais cabin. They approached me and asked me if I was a journalist. Far from it, I said, I was only seeking Gavais interview for a college project of mine. Thats right, I was a college student. They looked at my face questioningly, and evidently my college boy look

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