Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed a sub-court in Thiruvananthapuram to hear and pass orders in the Thiruvananthapuram Golf Club takeover case before the beginning of summer holidays.

Justice K.T. Sankaran issued the directive on a petition filed by the State government against the order of the sub-judge, Thiruvananthapuram, directing that status quo be maintained with respect to the takeover of the club’s properties.

The State government said that the High Court had already held that the government had the absolute right to cancel the licence granted to the club. The High court had directed the government to issue fresh notice after quashing an earlier cancellation notice.

The government also said that those who filed the suit before the sub-court had no locus standi to file such a case. The suit was filed by actors Balachandra Menon, Suresh Gopi, and four other members of the club.

Move stayed

A Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice S. Satheeshchandran on Tuesday stayed the move of the government to float a private limited company for retaining the Aralam farm land in Kannur.

The Bench issued the directive on a writ petition filed by V.T.Thomas. According to him, 50 per cent of the land purchased from the Central government had been distributed to the landless tribals.

The government had in fact decided to float a public limited company to retain the remaining land.