Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to convey to the court its definite stance on taking over the investigation in the Marayur sandalwood smuggling cases.

The Bench made the observation on Monday when a writ petition complaining about the failure of the CBI to take over the investigation came up for hearing .

When the petition was taken up for hearing, the CBI submitted that it was ready to take over the investigation if the court issued a direction. Earlier, the CBI had taken the stance that the cases could not be investigated since these were registered two years ago. Therefore, the Bench had asked counsel for the CBI to make its stance clear on the issue.

The court adjourned to March 7 the hearing on the petition.

Plea against Minister

A quo warranto writ petition seeking to remove Law Minister M. Vijayakumar for making statements against the High Court ruling on setting up a Bench in Thiruvananthapuram was filed before the High Court.

The petitioner, Kalarkode Venugopalan Nair from Alappuzha, said that the Minister had violated his oath of office and secrecy by speaking against the High Court verdict which ruled out establishment of a High Court Bench.

SSLC exam

Justice S. Siri Jagan issued notice to the State government and other respondents on a writ petition seeking to quash the decision of the State government to conduct Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examinations on March 15. The petition was filed by the South West India Union of Seventh Day Adventist School corporate manager Stanley Samuel. According to him, his management runs as many as 32 educational institutions. Saturday is observed by the Jewish and Seventh Day Adventist as a holyday.