Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday stayed for three weeks the disbursal of prizes announced after the draw of the Kerala State sports bumper lottery.
Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishan passed the interim order while admitting a writ petition filed by K.S. Sudheer of Kunnamkulam and others challenging the reduction of prizes.
The petitioner said when the draw was held, the Government reduced the number of prizes. The second prize of Rs.2 lakh was reduced from 200 to 35 and third prize of Rs.25,000 from 2,000 to 300. The number of prizes was mentioned in the lottery tickets.
The action of the Government was arbitrary. The petitioner sought to set aside the draw conducted on February 10 and sought a direction to conduct a fresh draw.
A Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice M.N. Krishnan adjourned to March 5 further arguments on a contempt of court case initiated against Minister for Local Self-Government Paloli Mohammed Kutty.
When the case was taken up, the Bench pointed out that there was no specific admission of guilt in the affidavit filed by the Minister tendering unconditional apology.
M.K. Damodaran, counsel for the Minister, contended that the Minister had admitted in the court that he had made the alleged contemptuous statement.
The Bench asked the counsel to make arguments on the legal point whether admission of guilt was necessary before tendering an unconditional apology under Section 14 A of the Contempt of Court Act.