The Madras High Court has directed the railway authorities to consider representations seeking stoppage of all trains at Marudhalam station in Vellore district and pass orders on merits and as per law.

A Division Bench comprising Justice Elipe Dharma Rao (who was the then Acting Chief Justice) and Justice Aruna Jagadeesan passed the order a few days ago on a public interest litigation petition by Human Rights Organisation, Vellore district, represented by its Chief Organiser, V. Saravanan.

The petitioner sought to quash the letters of the railway authorities in 2011 rejecting his request and restore stoppage of all passengers and express trains at Marudhalam. The railways submitted there was no commercial or operational justification for stopping the trains.

The Bench observed that the issue involved was with regard to stoppage of trains at a particular station, which was within the railways’ purview. It saw no reason to entertain the petition. However, having regard to the facts and circumstances of the case, the court directed the authorities to consider the petitioner’s representations and pass appropriate orders.