KERALA

B.Ed. case: plea against exclusion of Chandy dismissed

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Monday dismissed as withdrawn a petition against the Kozhikode Vigilance Court's order recalling the summons issued to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in the case relating to demand of bribe for sanctioning a B.Ed. college.

The petition filed by Jomon Puthenpurackal was dismissed by Justice M. Sasidharan Nambair. According to the petitioner, the Vigilance Court without considering any of the valid objections had accepted the petition filed by the accused seeking to withdraw the summons issued to the Chief Minister for examining him as witness. The petitioner contended that the Vigilance Court's order was erroneous. The petitioner sought to quash the court's order.

Kuriyarkutty case

The Government informed the court that the Director, Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau had ordered an inquiry into the leak of the vigilance report relating to the irregularities in the implementation of Kuriarkutty-Karappara irrigation project.

This was submitted before the court when a petition filed by R. Jayapalan Nair, sixth accused in the case, came up. The petition sought to quash the proceedings pending before the Kozhikode Vigilance Court.

According to the petitioner, the vigilance had said that the registering of the case was a mistake and found that the allegation was baseless. The allegation was that the project was implemented at inflated costs.

Athirampally project

A writ petition was filed seeking to revoke the environmental clearance given by the Central Government for the Athirampally hydroelectric power project. The petition was filed by the Chalakkuddy Puzha Samrakshana Samithi. According to it, the High Court had earlier directed the Union Government to implement recommendation for conducting an environment impact assessment study.

The court had found that the assessment made by the Tropical Botanical Garden of India was not proper. The KSEB had also been directed to conduct a public hearing for environment assessment. The Board had obtained clearance without publishing the documents submitted at the public hearing. In fact, the report of the environment assessment had been made public, the petitioner said.

Petition on VAT

A writ petition seeking a direction to the Government to issue instructions to manufacturers to reduce the prices of commodities in the light of the implementation of Value Added Tax has been filed.

According to N. Ravikumar, managing director of a margin free market in Thiruvananthapuram, though taxes on certain commodities like tea and toiletries have been reduced, the prices of these items have not been slashed.

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