Staff Reporter

Kochi: The High Court on Friday observed that the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation should ensure that the amount of licence fee quoted by a person who submitted the tender for running mobile canteens in trains was such that by paying the amount, he/she would be able to serve quality food.

Justice S. Siri Jagan made the observation while setting aside the award of contract for running the canteen in the Mangala-Lakshwadeep Express to Hotel Royal. Setting aside the award, the court said that it was for the corporation to take a decision on re-tendering the contract. The petitioner, N.B. Krishna Kurup, who was now running the catering unit in the train, complained that the hotel did not satisfy the qualification required for running a canteen. He alleged that it did not have the five years experience in the catering field laid down in the tender conditions. Besides, it did not meet the condition that the applicant should have a turnover of Rs.3 crores. The court observed that while considering the award of contract, the corporation should consider not only the higher amount they would get, but also the quality of food.

Students' plea

Justice K. Padmanabhan Nair has observed that if the petitioners four B.Tech degree students of the Mahatma Gandhi University were aggrieved by the present timetable of final semester examination, the remedy open to them was to move the university.

The court said that if such a request was made, the university should consider the grievances raised and pass appropriate orders. The observations came on a writ petition filed by Varun and three other students seeking a direction to the university to reschedule the examination.

Bail plea dismissed

Justice R. Basant on Friday dismissed an anticipatory bail petition filed by Shilu Mathew, accused no.11 in the case registered in connection with the attack on a video shop and murder of a person standing inside the shop at Udayamperoor in Ernakulam. The prosecution case was that Jaimon and others had trespassed into the video shop and stabbed Kapil. Ajeesh, owner of the shop, was injured in the attack. The incident took place at 10.45 p.m. on March 6.