Graft in Brahmapuram deal

Kochi: The former Electricity Minister C.V. Padmarajan, on Tuesday, filed a petition before the Kerala High Court, challenging the filing of a criminal case against him before the Vigilance Court in Thrissur in connection with the alleged corruption in the establishment of the Brahmapuram Diesel Power Plant.

Justice S. Siri Jagan ordered that the petition be posted before the court dealing with the criminal cases.

In his petition, Mr. Padmarajan said he had been charged with awarding a contract for purchasing five diesel engines to SEMT Pieltick, a private French company, at an exorbitant rate without inviting global tenders. He had approved the contract in his official capacity as Minster for Electricity under the business rules framed under Article 166 of the Constitution. The Minster had the power and authority to grant such a sanction. In fact, the alleged offence was committed in Paris.

So, the Vigilance Court had no jurisdiction or legal authority to conduct any inquiry and trial of the offences without obtaining sanction from the Union Government.

Raghavan’s appeal

A Vacation Bench admitted an appeal filed by M.V. Raghavan, Communist Marxist Party (CMP) leader and former chairman of the Kerala State Cooperative Hospital Complex and Centre for Advanced Medical Services (Pariyaram Medical Society), and another against a single judge’s verdict dismissing writ petitions challenging the elections to the director Board of the society held on September 23, 2007.

The Bench, comprising Justice Pius Kuriakose and Justice S. Siri Jagan, while admitting the appeals, said the enrolment of new members would be subject to the final outcome in the appeals.

Plastic ban

The court admitted a writ petition challenging the Government Order banning the production, storage, consumption, distribution and transportation of plastic bottles, carry bags and cups with thickness below 50 microns in the State. The petition was filed by the All-Kerala Plastic Dealers’ Association.

The case was adjourned to May 2. According to the petitioner, the order violated the earlier High Court directive not to ban use of plastic with thickness above 30 microns.

Cheque bounce case

The court stayed all further proceedings pending before the First Class Judicial Magistrate, Kodungalloor, against the Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff in a cheque bounce case.

The magistrate’s court initiated the proceedings on the basis of a complaint filed by V.K. Mathew of Thrissur, the power-of-attorney holder of Bijay Chokani of Mumbai.

According to the actor, the magistrate had no territorial jurisdiction to consider the complaints filed against him. Mr. Shroff alleged that Mr. Chokani had issued a power of attorney to Mr. Mathew and got a complaint filed by him to harass him.