Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday criticised the police for their inefficiency and lack of quality in the investigation into cases.

Justice R. Basant made the observation while dismissing a bail petition filed by K.K. Mohandas , the seventh accused arrested in connection with the seizure of a lorry carrying 8,540 litres of spirit by the Pulpally police. The lorry was taken into custody in June 2007. The petitioner was arrested on September 27, 2007.

The court, which pursued the case diary, said if this was the quality of investigation, one could only shed tears for the police.

The Director-General of Prosecution also submitted that he was not satisfied with the entire quality of the investigation into the case and that steps would be taken to ensure that proper investigation was conducted by efficient officers. The court observed that this “offer” did not convince it at all. The court said that it expected the Director-General of Police and the Minister for Home to look into the case diary and take a decision whether the investigation should be entrusted to an external agency such as CBI.

Hartal: notice issued

A Bench comprising Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice K. T. Sankaran on Thursday issued notice to various political parties, including the Congress, CPI (M), CPI and BJP, on a petition filed against holding of hartal in the State.

The Bench was satisfied with the government statement that it had taken all preventive and precautionary measures to see that there would not be any disruption of normal life during the hartal called by the BJP on Thursday.

The petition was filed by the Kerala Anti-Hartal Campaign Committee. The petitioner also sought a directive to the government to recover compensation from those who had called for hartal under the Prevention of Damages to the Public Property Act.

Fee in B.Ed. college

Justice Antony Dominic has allowed the manager of Sree Narayana Guru Kripa B.Ed. College to collect the fee as stipulated in the agreement entered into between the management and the government for the courses.

The interim order of the court was passed on a writ petition challenging the Entrance commissioner’s order fixing the annual fee at Rs.22,500 and caution deposit at Rs. 300 instead of Rs.29,000 and a caution deposit of Rs. 5,000 as mentioned in the agreement.