KERALA

Killi: Government told to file affidavit

KOCHI, FEB. 26. The Kerala High Court has directed the Government to file an affidavit explaining the reasons for reinstating in service the eight police officials who were suspended in connection with `police excesses' at Killi in Thiruvananthapuram.

Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair issued the direction when a writ petition filed by the Police Officers' Association challenging the suspension came up before the court. The Government had suspended the then Thiruvananthapuram Rural SP, Ashok Yadav, Nedumangad Dy.SP, S. Jogesh, Kattakada Circle Inspector, Jayaraj, Aryanad CI, Radhakrishna Pillai, Malayinkeezhu sub-inspector, Muhammed Hussain, Nedumangad SI, Pramod Kumar, Vithura SI Radhakrishnan Nair and Neyyar Dam SI, Muraleedharan, on December 10 on the basis of a report by the State Human Rights Commission, which inquired into the incident. The atrocities were committed in the midnight of October 4 last. Several persons were injured in the action, considered to be a sequel to an incident in which the police tried to arrest a two-wheeler rider for not wearing helmet.

B.Ed. case

A Division Bench of the court today directed the Government pleader to produce a copy of the Cabinet order to cancel the selection list of 64 self-financing B.Ed. colleges.

The Bench issued the direction when four writ appeals filed against a single judge verdict directing the Government to conduct fresh selection for granting no-objection certificate for starting self-financing B.Ed colleges, came up before it. According to the appellant, the single judge went wrong in passing the direction. The ruling was based on an affidavit filed by the Government saying that it was willing to review the selection in view of a large number of writ petitions pending before the court. The appellants contented that the pending of a large number of writ petition was not a legal ground for taking a decision to cancel the list. Besides, there was no order regarding the cancellation of the decision.

Petition filed

A writ petition was filed before the court challenging the Government order lifting the ban on transporting of rubber wood beyond the territory of the State.

The petition was filed by the Association of Saw Mill Owners. According to the petitioner, the lifting of ban would affect small-scale industries engaged in the manufacture of plywood and packing cases.

Order quashed

Justice K. Balakrishnan Nair today quashed the order superseding the managing committee of the Kottappaddy Service Cooperative Society in Ernakulam district. The committee was superseded on the charge of failing to discharge its functions and to properly supervise its employees.