Cancellation of bar licence of Trivandrum Golf Club

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Friday declined to stay the government order cancelling the bar licence of Trivandrum Golf Club. Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan, however, directed the State government to file a report stating whether bar licence had been granted to any club or society which did not have its own building. It should be filed before June 10.

The court gave the directive when a writ petition filed by S.N. Reghuchandran Nair, president of the club, challenging the government order came up for hearing. Counsel for the petitioner had made a strong plea for staying the government decision. He contended that the Cabinet did not have the power to cancel the licence, which had been extended by the Excise Commissioner. He argued that the order was passed without jurisdiction and did not have any legal basis.

There were violations of the provisions of the Abkari Act and Foreign Liquor Rules. The petitioner also pointed out that no notice had been issued before cancelling the licence. Therefore, the government action had violated the principle of natural justice. In fact, the licence had been sanctioned after satisfying all the conditions prescribed in the rules.

Insurance payment

Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair on Friday directed payment of the insurance amount received from an insurance firm in Dubai to the legal heirs of Ashokan of Chavara who was murdered while working as a driver.

The court also ordered recovery of the interest on the amount from the then Thiruvananthapuram District Collector for not tracing the legal heir and handing over the amount after the collector got the money from the Consulate General of India.

Ashokan was murdered on July 21, 2003.