Staff Reporter

Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High court on Tuesday directed the Pathanamthitta police to see that all councillors in the Pathanamthitta municipality could attend the meeting to be held on February 22.

The meeting is being scheduled for electing the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman. The Bench comprising Justice J.B. Koshy and Justice T.R. Ramachandran Nair passed the order on a writ petition filed by the UDF councillors.

Bail cancelled

Justice R. Basant cancelled the bail granted to Jaison, one of the key accused in the case relating to the murder of Vidhyadharan, a DYFI activist at Thripunithura. The accused was also wanted in connection with the murder of one of the witnesses in the case. The judge ordered that no court should grant bail without the order of the High Court.

Proceedings stayed

Justice K. Balakrishnan Nair stayed the proceedings initiated pursuant to a notice issued by the sales tax officer to Maju and Company, a former online lottery agency.

The notice was issued as part of the Government decision to recover sales tax arrears due to the Government from the agents who conducted online lotteries.

Petition filed

A writ petition was filed before the court seeking a directive to the State Government to give its consent to the Central Government for taking over the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology.