KERALA

Plea to hand over church key to Metropolitan

HIGH COURTROUND-UP Petitioners hurt by State's action of breaking open the church

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: A writ petition was filed before the High Court seeking a direction to the State Government and the Muvattupuzha Revenue Divisional Officer to hand over the key of the St. Peter's and St. Paul's Church, Kolenchery, to the Diocesan Metropolitan Mathews Mar Severios.

The petition was filed by Thomas M. Alias and another parishioner. According to them, they were aggrieved by the action of the RDO and Circle Inspector of Police, Puthenkurizhu, in breaking open the church. According to them, the action of the officials was unauthorised and illegal. In fact, the Additional District Court, Ernakulam, had ordered handing over the key of the Kolenchery church to the elected managing committee. The petition also sought a direction to the State and other respondents not to cause any obstruction in the administration and religious service of the church.

Clause on reservation

Justice K. Balakrishnan Nair has upheld a clause in the prospectus for admission to professional colleges-2005, which barred candidates of socially and educationally backward classes (SEBC) from claiming reservation after the submission of applications for writing the entrance examination. Dismissing a petition filed by Aaardra of Kochi challenging the clause, the court said that the clause was a fair provision.

There was nothing illegal or irregular about it. The petitioner said that she had omitted to put the claim for reservation in the application form owing to oversight.

STAT's power

The court held that the State Transport Appellate Tribunal (STAT) has the power to issue a direction to the Regional Transport Officer (RTA) to issue permits to stage carriage operators. Dismissing a petition, the Judge said that there is no restriction imposed on the power of the STAT. According to the petitioner, STAT should have remitted the matter to the Regional Transport Office instead of issuing a direction to the officer to issue permits.

Tax refund

The court has observed that a person whose vehicle had been stolen was entitled to refund of the road tax after the filing of the final report by the police saying that the vehicle had not been traced.

Petition closed

A Bench comprising Chief Justice Rajiv Gupta and the Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan closed a writ petition seeking to provide succour to tribal people living in Wayanad in view of the Government's statement that schemes were being implemented for improving the condition of tribal people.

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