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In the clash be­tween the ju­di­ciary and the po­lit­i­cal class, it’s the bu­reau­cracy that usu­ally bears the brunt. This came to pass on Oc­to­ber 17 when Supreme Court Chief Jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi found his visit to Guwa­hati’s Ka­makhya tem­ple blocked by BJP na­tional pres­i­dent Amit Shah. The BJP chief’s en­tourage in­cluded As­sam Chief Min­is­ter Sar­bananda Sonowal, half his cab­i­net and hun­dreds of party work­ers. Go­goi, who was kept wait­ing for 45 min­utes, was later briefed by the state chief sec­re­tary and the DGP, who sought to ex­plain the se­cu­rity lapse. Five days later, the Guwa­hati West DCP and two other state of­fi­cials were sus­pended for ‘lapses in the CJI’s se­cu­rity ar­range­ments’. The state IPS as­so­ci­a­tion has now pe­ti­tioned the chief min­is­ter, de­mand­ing their of­fi­cer’s re­in­state­ment. One tem­ple visit that has ev­ery­one count­ing their bless­ings.

Il­lus­tra­tion by SID­DHANT JUMDE

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