One lakh court cases decided by a single judge. That’s the feat, unprecedented in India’s legal history, accomplished by Justice Sudhir Agarwal, who has been a judge of the Allahabad High Court since October 2005. Formerly an advocate specialising in tax law, he has been standing counsel for the UP Power Corporation, UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam and the University of Allahabad, and was appointed additional advocate-general in 2003. As a justice, he was a member of the three-judge bench that decided the Babri Masjid title suit in 2010, and is also known for a court order he gave in 2015 to the effect that all government officials should educate their children at government primary schools, as an incentive for them to focus on improving such schools. Lawyers practising at the court plan to felicitate Justice Agarwal later this month.
Sanitary Eye In The Sky
Standing on Siliguri’s terraces, one may soon catch a glimpse of a drone flying overhead. No, this isn’t some government initiative to spy on private citizens. It will merely aim to espy any stagnant water on the rooftops, as part of an effort to fight the spread of dengue. The disease has caused deaths in the town recently. Rajiv Ghosh, 17, had begun to put a drone together out of interest, supported by money borrowed by his parents as well as funds donated by neighbours, with the final cost coming to Rs 1.5 lakh. While he was working on it, he heard the mayor mention the idea of using drones to combat dengue, and decided to offer his services. Test flights of the drone, which Ghosh says can rise to 1,800m but will be restricted to 200m for security purposes, will begin soon.