The GoI’s School Education Secy has shared a letter written by the Bombay HC’s Dy Registrar

Anuj Agrawal

A few minutes before 1 pm today, the recently appointed School Education Secretary Anil Swarup tweeted a copy of a letter written by SD Dhongade, the Deputy Registrar (Admin) of the Bombay High Court.

Addressed to the Deputy Registrar (Protocol) of the Rajasthan High Court, the letter seeks to inform the High Court of a visitor to the state, one who should be accorded the “usual courtesies” during his nine-day visit.

These “usual courtesies” and “necessary arrangements” include accommodation in a “VIP SUITE”, and an Innova car with a red beacon.

And who is the visitor in question?  The son of a sitting judge of the Bombay High Court, PR Bora J.

Now, neither the The High Court Judges Travelling Allowance Rules of 1956 [pdf]  nor the  High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Services) Act of 1954 [pdf] make any mention of such facilities being granted to the family members of a sitting High Court judge.

In 2013, the Supreme Court had ruled that vehicles with a red beacon would only be allowed for those holding constitutional posts.

At this point of time, it is unclear under what rules these privileges are being asked for, and whether the son of a sitting High Court judge is entitled to the same.

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