Upa Lok Ayukta order

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Friday restrained the State government from taking any action on the recommendations made by the Upa Lok Ayukta with respect to the rank list prepared by the University of Kerala for the post of Assistant Grade II.

Justice V. Giri restrained the government from taking action till a writ petition challenging the order of the Upa Lok Ayukta was finally disposed of. The judge passed the interim order while hearing a writ petition filed by B.S. Rajeev and three other Syndicate members.

The Upa Lok Ayukta had recommended that the rank list and the appointments already made to the post be cancelled and that legal action be initiated against the Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellor and the petitioners.

Acting on a complaint, the Upa Lok Ayukta had found that the Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellor and the petitioners who were on the selection committee were guilty of nepotism and favouritism as they had abused their official position as public servants.

The petitioners said the finding that they were public servants, as defined by Section 2(O) of the Kerala Lok Ayukta Act, was wrong. They contended that they did not come under the definition of public servants.

The petitioners said the order had affected the goodwill of the university and cast a stigma on it.

Abhaya case

Justice R. Basant on Friday directed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) counsel to give in writing his submission that the CBI had already handed over the investigation in the Sister Abhaya case to its Kerala unit.

The court gave the direction when CBI counsel made a submission on Friday. The court had granted the CBI 10 days to hand over the investigation.