Bombay HC staff seeks VIP treatment for judge's son on Rajasthan trip
The administrative staff of the Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court has issued orders to the protocol branch of Rajasthan High Court, seeking �VIP treatment� for Akshay Bora, son of Justice P R Bora of Aurangabad bench, during the former�s Rajasthan tour.
The President’s protocol list includes the Chief Justice of State as an eminent person, but nowhere are children of VVIPs graced with courtesies by the State. However, the administrative staff of the Aurangabad bench of Bombay High Court has issued orders to the protocol branch of Rajasthan High Court, seeking “VIP treatment” for Akshay Bora, son of Justice PR Bora of Aurangabad bench, during the former’s Rajasthan tour scheduled from December 3 to 12.
A letter sent by the Deputy Registrar (Administration) of Aurangabad bench dated October 18 was marked “VIP visit/Top Priority”. It was addressed to the Deputy Registrar (Protocol) of Rajasthan HC benches at Jaipur and Jodhpur.
The letter said Akshay P Bora would be travelling by LTC tour programme and would visit Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mount Abu, Udaipur etc. It is worth to mention here that LTC or Leave Travel Allowance is a tax saving tool that an employee can avail of. LTC, as the name suggests, is an allowance paid to the employee by the employer when the former is travelling with their family or alone. It is not clear as to how Akshay P Bora was availing LTC, as he was not travelling with Justice PR Bora, who could avail it.
The letter said, “Kindly direct the concerned officials to make necessary arrangements as to receive, see-off, accommodation (reservation of one VIP suite at each place of halt and brief halt), provide transportation (Innova Car of recent model in good condition with red beacon light) as per programme, and extend all the usual courtesies as per the enclosed programme.”
The letter also stated, “The arrangements made in this behalf may please be communicated to this office [Aurangabad], immediately.”
When Justice Bora was contacted by The Indian Express on this matter, he said the communication might have been sent by a staff member of the HC protocol branch in over-enthusiasm and that it was not brought to his notice. “I am shocked that such a communication was sent for my son. It should not have been done,” Justice Bora told the newspaper.
Justice Bora said his son was leaving for Jaipur on Saturday “to see one of his friends”. He said there was no such protocol for family members of judges and he would never ask such treatment for his son.