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Justice Sanjay Yadav appointed CJ of Allahabad High Court on April 9

(WE SAID THIS ON FEB 10, 2021)
Justice Sanjay Yadav to be CJ of Allahabad High Court?
Justice Sanjay Yadav is likely to succeed Justice Govind Mathur as Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court in May.



Sixty years down the lane!

Oh, no ! Sixty years have passed this month. Unbelievable. It looks like an adventure.

Today, when I look back, I sometimes feel that I had somewhere the hidden desire to become a journalist even before knowing what journalism is.  In 1961, I casually started  working in Ujjain edition of ‘Navprabhat’ daily newspaper published from ‘Mahakaal Ki Nagri’ where I was studying. I didn’t leave my studies either and went on to complete my post graduation in History in 1966. Being a gold-medalist, it became easier for me to become a Professor in 1968 but ‘Destiny had something else in store for me.

My job of a Professor could not take away my inclination of getting published in the newspapers.  Later my association with ‘Navprabhat’ brought me close to  stalwarts (in public life) like late P C Sethi, then President of the Ujjain Municipality and RSS stalwarts Baba Saheb Natu and Kusha Bhau Thakre. I often recall these people because they used to encourage me in journalism. Since then I have met several PMs CMs Governors,top bureaucrats including several Cabinet Secretaries, PS to PMs,CBI,IB  and R&AW Chiefs and State Chief Secretaries and DGs.

In 1982, when one of my college mate,  1971 batch IAS Sudeep Banerji, who was then Director – Public Relations in Bhopal, suggested me to shift to Bhopal for a better future in Journalism, I – despite opposition at home - took a leave from teaching to finally join ‘media’.

My journey has been too long as a Correspondent in news agencies and publications  of repute like UNI, Free Press journal, Hindustan Times and later as an Editor of Dainik Bhaskar group’s English News Paper National Mail and then as an Editor of Nai Duniya.

It was here in 2001 when there came a turning point once again and I alone set on a journey to do something of my own – create a new flavour in Journalism. And this out of box thinking lead to the emergence of whispersinthecorridors.com.  I have given a  new concept in the  country, which appeared an uphill task initially. Even the closest of my  friends were apprehensive that how can a news venture – devoid of any business house support -  survive.

And today “Whispers” is known  across the country and in Missions abroad. Those who matter in politics, bureaucracy and corporate world, visit this site regularly. Information is power and for information I never embarrassed anyone but continued my work with full dedication without a single day break even in the worst of situations – including when my only son Sameer passed away.

Despite the setback, in 2008, we came out with the print edition of ‘Whispers In The Corridors’, a monthly magazine which contains all important news items of the month worth preserving for future reference.

As if the above setback was not enough, in a couple of years the back bone of the organisation Sanjeev Majupuria also left for heavenly abode. It looked that the curtains were drawn but I left everything at the mercy of God and continued to work restlessly even when sometimes - at this age of 76- my body refuses to cooperate.

However, the almighty has also been too kind to me and as they say, ‘God helps those, those who help themselves’, what could be more gratifying than the fact that whispersinthecorridors.com has not only become a name among ‘movers and shakers’ of the country but also created history in web journalism by bringing 200 crore visitors on its platform.

I staunchly believe, “Where there is a will, there is a way !”. It is true. It has happened with me and hence I can say with conviction that nothing can fail you if you have commitment towards your work and do it honestly. In such a case, success is for sure even though it is delayed many a times.

I would like to thank all those who cooperated with me in my six decades long journey in Journalism.

Dr. Suresh Mehrotra


I may be reached at-mehrotra.suresh@gmail.com or suresh.mehrotra@yahoo.com


This is History (2405)

I'm not confused. I'm just well mixed.






In Maharashtra, only politicians assert ?

It is said, in Maharashtra only politicians run the Government and not the bureaucracy. In several states, like Uttarakhand and Haryana, bureaucrats are assertive.





Gandhi family has clear dividing line ?

It is said that the Gandhi family has a clear dividing line between Rahul Gandhi loyalists and the Sonia loyalists.






DEBATE :  Is ‘Political patronage’ of corrupt police officers playing havoc with the system ?

The present crisis of credibility faced by the Mumbai Police over its former CP levelling corruption charges on the Home Minister and its handling of the Antilia bomb scare and Mansukh Hiran murder case has once again brought to the fore patronage of corrupt police officials by the politicians for their vested interests. This has also raised a question mark over ‘police professionalism’. Given the present scenario, more or less same in all the states regardless of the party in power, should it be deemed that ‘Political patronage of corrupt police officers is playing havoc with the system’:

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Whispers bureaucracy News
Tenure of Dr Renu Swarup as Secretary, Biotechnology ends in April

The extended tenure of Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology is coming to an end on April 30, 2021.

Justice Sanjay Yadav appointed Chief Justice of Allahabad HC

Justice Sanjay Yadav, senior-most Judge of Allahabad High Court, has been appointed as Chief Justice of that High Court. He will assume charge on April 14, 2021, a day after incumbent Justice Govind Mathur retires.

(We said this on Feb 10, 2021)

Tenure of Arun Kumar as DG, DGCA extended

The tenure of Arun Kumar, Director General in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, has been extended for a period of six months beyond April 20, 2021. He is a 1989 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre.

Ms. Geeta Menon returns to parent cadre

Ms. Geeta Menon, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, has been given premature repatriation to her parent cadre on personal grounds. She is a 1992 batch IA &AS officer.

Santanu Agrahari is DCO/DCR, Jharkhand

Santanu Kumar Agrahari has been appointed as Director of Census Operations/Director of Citizen Registration, Jharkhand. He is a 2012 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.

Rakesh Singh is also Director, BMRC, Benguluru

Rakesh Singh has been assigned an additional charge of Managing Director, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited, Benguluru in Karnataka. He is a 1989 batch IAS officer of Karnataka cadre.

Rawat, Shrivastava deprived of promotion to PCCF grade in MP

Two APCCF level officers, L S Rawat and Ajit K Shrivastava, were not included in the Departmental Promotion Committee meeting, due to some technical reasons resulting in deprivation of promotion to PCCF grade.

Audit Commissionerate realizes over Rs 57 crore

The Chennai Custom Audit Commissionerate has realized Rs 57.89 crore on an audit para raised on Premises Based Audit.

ITrS Probationer posted in the deptt of Commerce

Ms. Shreya Tyagi, a 2019 batch Indian Trade Service (ITrS) officer, has been posted as Asstt DGFT (Probationer) in FT div in the deptt of commerce.

Three IDAS officers get new postings

Three IDAS officers of JAG have been given new postings. Accordingly, Anupam Deepak Sonalkar has been posted in PCDA (Navy) office, Mumbai, Pushkraj Bharti to join in PCA (Fys) office, Kolkata and Arvind Kumar Wani is going to PCDA (F) office in Dehradun.

S K Garg posted as APD, Jammu

Sanjiv Kumar Garg, Jt. GM (Engg-Elect.), Airport Director, has been shifted from Dibrugarh to Jammu.

S K Garg posted as APD, Jammu

Sanjiv Kumar Garg, Jt. GM (Engg-Elect.), Airport Director, has been shifted from Dibrugarh to Jammu.

Transfer of G K Khare cancelled

Transfer order of G K Khare, Jt. GM (CNS), Airport Director, from Jodhpur to Jammu has been cancelled.

Additional charge to two IFS officers in MoEF&CC

Dr. Sunil Sharma, AIGF, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, has been assigned the additional charge of Joint Director, National Zoological Park, New Delhi, while Maneesh Kumar, AIGF in MoEF&CC, was assigned additional charge of AIGF (Forest Policy) and AIGF (FPD).

Saurabh Agrawal posted to Ministry of Defence

Consequent upon his promotion to the grade of Under Secretary, Saurabh Agrawal has been posted to the Ministry of Defence.

Mrs. Panda appointed OSD, PFMS division

Mrs. Dharitri Panda, PrCCA, MHA, has been assigned an additional charge of OSD, PFMS Division, office of CGA with effect from May 1 to May 31, 2021. She is an ICAS officer.

CBI arrests two Income Tax Inspectors for accepting bribe

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested two Inspectors Dilip Kumar and Ashish Kumar working at the Investigation Unit of Income Tax Department, Ballard Pier, Mumbai for accepting a bribe of Rs15 lakh from the complainant. Besides, the third accused in the case S N Rai is yet to be arrested by the CBI.

J T Radhakrishnan appointed to grade of ED/APD Grade-I

J T Radhakrishnan, GM (Engg. Civil) has been empanelled for the post of RED/APD Grade-I and other equivalent level posts on ex-cadre basis and shifted as RED, WR.

10 IAS officers in MP get new responsibility

As many as 10 IAS officers in MP have been assigned new responsibility. Manoj Kumar Shrivastava has been appointed as ACS, Spiritual Department, while Sachin Sinha was posted as PS, Labour Department and Umakant Umrao was made Development Commissioner and PS, Panchayat & Rural Development. Similarly, Rajesh Kumar Kaul has been posted as OSD-cum-Commissioner Handicraft & Handloom and given additional charge of Commissioner, Sericulture; Manoj Khatri as Additional Secretary to Governor; Vishesh Gadhpale as MD, Madhya Pradesh Small Industries Corporation; Mrs Anubha Shrivastava as MD, MP Handicraft & Handloom Development Corporation and assigned additional charge of MD, MP Khadi and Gramodyog Board; Ganesh Shankar Mishra as MD, MP Central Region Power Distribution Company Ltd., Bhaskar Lakshkar as OSD-cum-Commissioner-cum-Director, Institutional Finance & ex-officio Deputy Secretary, Finance and Mohit Bundas joins as Deputy Secretary, Forest Department.

G S Shukla is no more (UPDATED)

Former 1964 batch IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre G S Shukla has passed away in Bhopal.

Anand Garg joins Board of Kisan Kraft Ltd

Anand Garg has joined the Board of Kisan Kraft Ltd, as a Non Executive Director. The company is a market leader in Agriculture Implements business in India with HQs in Bengaluru and state of the art new manufacturing facility in Nellore in AP. With more than three decades of global corporate experience in healthcare, telecom infrastructure & telecom, he is a Ministry of Corporate Affairs accredited Independent Director.

Appointments in Delta Industrial Resources Ltd.

Abkit Singhal and Ish Sadana have been appointed as Additional Director (Non-Executive & Independent) of Delta Industrial Resources Limited.

Sonal Sood appointed Addl. Director, Share India Securities Ltd.

Ms. Sonal Sood has been appointed as Additional Independent Director of Share India Securities Limited.

Two Directors step down as Vama Industries Ltd.

K Vara Prasad Raju and KV Krishna Rao have resigned from the positions of Independent Directors from the Board of Vama Industries Limited.

AK Bhattacharyya quits as Ind. Director, Balasore Alloys Ltd.

Asish Kumar Bhattacharyya has resigned from the position of Independent Director of Balasore Alloys Limited.

Vishal Ruparel appointed MD, Mehta Housing Finance Ltd.

Vishal Ruparel has been appointed as Managing Director of Mehta Housing Finance Limited. He has succeeded Chirag D. Mehta, who resigned from the post on April 1, 2021. Meanwhile, Anand Jagdish Chandra and Anand Dilip Ruparel have been appointed as Additional Directors ( Non-Executive Independent) and Anand Dilip Ruparel as Additional Woman Director (Non-Executive) of the company. Besides, Manish Amin and Ramniklal Dudabhai Sojitra have resigned from the posts of Non-Executive Independent Directors and Mrs. Bhavna D. Mehta as Non-Executive Woman Director of the company.

Two EDs stand down from Kamron Laboratories Ltd.

Rohan K Laskari and Sohan K Laskari have resigned from the position of Executive Directors of Kamron Laboratories Limited.

Keki Elavia bows out as NE Director, Goa Carbon Ltd.

Keki Elavia has retired as Independent Non-Executive Director of Goa Carbon Limited.

Whispers Forum

ITR Filing

CBDT has notified new Income Tax Return forms ITR-1 to 7 for AY 2021-22 so tax payers get sufficient time to plan and manage their filing. It appears CA Association has written for early routines. Tax payers has concerns about the compatibility and operating software versions issues while downloading the forms, generating XML and uploading the same. XML schema gives error many times due to compatibility issues. All these issues can be resolved making ITR forms available for directly online filing from e-filing portals (like ITR-1) without generating XML and uploading the same. CBDT should not delay to make these forms available for direct e-filing from the portal. CBDT may consider to make the filing simpler and seamless by allowing salaried class to use ITR-1 if there is no tax liability on account of LTCG on transfer of equity or equity oriented MF. It means when there is loss or gain is less than 1 lakh on account of LTCG, a option may be given to tax payers to use ITR-1 or ITR-2. There is no point of asking details in schedule CG table 112A of ITR-2 when there is no tax liability. Otherwise it makes the process difficult and complex for tax payers as well as for Assessing Officer. This can be implemented by issuing FAQ. The details can always be asked whenever it is required by tax authorities. It should be kept in view that tax compliance is highest in salaried class. As Govt has allowed two options for tax payers whether to follow new system or old system whichever is beneficial for income tax purpose. The work should be managed in professional way instead of following orthodox methods and wasting manpower and time without any increase in tax revenue. Such small things may improve the working of the tax department and increase the trust and confidence between tax payers and tax administration. Tax administration approach should be friendly with tax payers and resolve the difficulties if any faced by tax payers. CBDT may consider closing all old cases more than three years where no tax liabilities have been fixed and are not involved in any disputes. It will clear the unproductive works from the desk of tax officers and officers can be involved in more innovative works to increase tax revenue and reduce the leakage of tax revenue. Let us work together to achieve the objective of Govt..


Mormugao Port Trust creates history 

Congratulations for the achievement. It has really done well.

A R Rao


Who holds the information about NRHM ?

The Appellant sought information about Audit of funds of the PHC. On second appeal before CIC, the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) claimed that information sought by the Appellant is not held by them whereas expenditure related details with respect to the projects are held by the concerned State Government. The Andhra Pradesh Information Commission had communicated to the Appellant that his Second Appeal should be addressed to the CIC as NRHM falls under the jurisdiction of Central Government. The CIC observed that Health falls in the concurrent list of the Constitution. In view of the lack of clarity about the actual custodian of information, the CIC directed the NRHM to explain why no information is held by them and who is the actual custodian of information in this case. Further, the CIC directed to transfer the RTI Application if not done already, with a copy marked to the Appellant.


This case highlights the confusion about the holder of information regarding an important scheme such as NRHM. The second appeal could have been avoided had the respective PIOs acted diligently as per the provisions of the RTI Act and provided the information available at their ends.

Citation: Shri G. Venkataramana v. PIO, Dist. Audit Officer, State Audit, PIO, Dist. Audit Officer, State Audit, and National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Second Appeal No. CIC/DIROA/A/2017/175616/MH&FW, Date of Decision: 18.03.2021

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