KERALA

Government told to file counter-affidavit

HIGH COURTROUND-UP

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Friday directed the State Government to file a counter-affidavit in response to a writ petition seeking a directive to the State Government and the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation to formulate a scheme for purchasing best quality commodities from the market.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice Rajiv Gupta and Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan issued the directive when a writ petition filed by Bhargava Raman and another person of Kochi came up. According to the petitioners, the green gram bought by them from the Maveli store was of sub-standard quality. They also said that the children who ate the fried green gram supplied along with the mid-day meal in schools in Alappuzha had bouts of stomach ache. It was also reported that the green gram supplied by the corporation at these schools was of sub-standard quality. The petitioners also sought a directive to the State Government not to distribute the 5,000 kg of green gram that was found to be sub-standard and had been kept in the godowns of the corporation at Cherthala and Alappuzha.

Missing boy

Justice K.A. Basheer on Friday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) counsel whether the CBI would take over the investigation into the case of a missing seven-year-old boy, Rahul.

The judge sought the opinion of the CBI when a writ petition filed by the father of the boy, A.R. Raju, seeking a CBI probe into the case came up before the judge. The court adjourned the hearing on the petition to August 22.

According to Mr. Raju, his son did not return home after he went out to play cricket at a playground near his home on May 18, 2005. His friends saw him go to the public tap to drink water. The investigation was being conducted by the Crime Branch. No attempt had been made by the police to trace the boy, the petition alleged. The investigation had not been effective, the petitioner said. So, he was seeking a CBI probe into the case.

The court had earlier asked the DIG, Central Range, to monitor the investigation of the case.

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