Staff Reporter

High CourtRound-up

Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court, on Friday, dismissed a writ petition against the State Government's move for a special recruitment drive for Other Backward Classes (OBC) on the basis of the K.K. Narendran Commission report.

The Bench comprised Chief Justice V.K. Bali and Justice S. Siri Jagan. Counsel for P. Sandeep, petitioner, wanted to withdraw the petition when it came up, and sought to file a fresh plea in future. The petition alleged that the move was illegal and politically motivated, amounting to discrimination on the ground of caste, which had been prohibited by the Constitution. Besides, the Constitution did not provide for making special recruitment for OBC candidates.

Directive to TDB

A Bench, comprising Justice R. Bhaskaran and Justice M. Sasidharan Nambiar, on Friday, directed the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) to produce on Monday the registers kept at the messes at Sabarimala Sannidhanam and Pampa. The court issued the directive on a report filed by Sabarimala Special Commissioner D. Sreevallabhan. According to him, complaints had been received on the poor quality of food served at the messes.

Removal of counsel

The Bench admitted a petition challenging the Travancore Devaswom Board's decision to remove P. Vijayaraghavan from the panel of standing counsel of the Board. According to him, the Board had removed him because he did not encourage corruption in the functioning of the messes.