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.