A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday admitted three writ petitions seeking a directive to deploy personnel of the Railway Protection Force or the State police in ladies coaches on trains to ensure the safety of women passengers.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Antony Dominic while admitting the petitions issued notice to the Union government, Railways and other respondents. The petitions were filed by K.N. Rajani, a lawyer from Cherthala, and two other persons. The petitions also sought a directive to the Railways to relocate the ladies compartment to the middle portion of the trains. The petitioners also pleaded for a directive to conduct a probe into the lapses on the part of the Railway officials in charge of passenger security.

Senate nomination

Justice T.R. Ramachandran Nair on Thursday directed the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of the Kerala University to effect fresh nomination of Heads of Departments to the Senate in terms of Section 17(13) of the Kerala University Act. The court issued the directive while allowing a writ petition filed by Tresa Radhakrishnan, Professor and Head of the Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries.