I was supposed to attend a faculty selection committee meeting in an Institute (not IIT). However, a court order has stayed the proceedings and I had to cancel my flight tickets at the last minute. Many of my colleagues from other departments also cancelled the tickets. No doubt this would have made Kingfisher happy, the said institute unhappy but I am happy and unhappy for different reasons.
I am happy because of the free time due to the cancelled trip, I can write blog posts and work on my research papers during normal working hours.
I am unhappy because this phenomena of court cases is becoming more frequent. A couple of years back, IIT-Madras recruited faculty on behalf of IIT-Hyderabad so that IIT-H will have an head start. After the selection committee meeting and when the offers were finally being made, the court stayed the proceedings. The whole procedure had to be repeated after 1.5 years. I do not know whether the original candidates even bothered to apply again. I also know of cases in universities, in which the members of the selection committee had to justify their choice to an enquiry commission and a judge. If this becomes more and more frequent, less and less people will be willing to serve on these committees.