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Inside Track: Modi monitors

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Prime Minister Modi is known to be curious to see and know more about institutions and people he has to deal with, even if it is done informally. For instance, recently, while in a helicopter on his way back to Gandhinagar, he asked the pilot to divert the chopper so that it could make several rounds over a huge new Patel complex that is coming up near Kathiawar. Modi, who had to face the fury of the Patels in the last Gujarat Assembly elections, was keen to see the progress on the site, which will include a community centre and a temple. Last week, Supreme Court judges were taken aback when the Prime Minister turned up at the court on Sunday night at a routine dinner following an international judicial conference of judges of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC). Modi, who was invited as a matter of courtesy by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, reached at 8 pm, mingled with all the judges present and was reluctant to leave even after dinner. The PM asked Justice Gogoi if it was possible for him to visit Court Number 1 where important cases are heard. The room was opened........

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