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Status report filed in harassment case

By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, MARCH 30. In a status report filed before the Bench, the Government pointed out that no physical or mental harassment was meted out to any of the inmates of the men's hostel on the Kariyavattom campus of Kerala University. The status report said that the police had investigated a complaint filed by one Gireeshkumar and found that he was not subject to any harassment at the hostel. The Warden of the hostel had also denied that the inmates were being harassed physically at the hostel.

The court suo motu initiated the proceedings on a letter complaining about the harassment being meted out to inmates of the hostel.

Bank plea dismissed

The Justice K.A. Abdul Gafoor dismissed a writ petition filed by the Ernakulam District Cooperative Bank challenging the Election Commission's notice for furnishing a list of staff to be deputed for election duties.

The bank contended that it did not come under the institutions mentioned in section 159(2) of the Representation of People's Act which were required to provide staff for election duties.

Besides, if all the staff were deputed for election duties, it would affect the functioning of the bank, the bank contended.

Petition dismissed

A Bench has dismissed a writ petition seeking a directive to the Cochin International Airport Limited to cancel the appointment of Jiji Ramesh as the Airport Director. The petition filed by Mathew Varghese pointed out that Jiji Ramesh did not have any technical qualification for holding the post.

Appeal admitted

A Division Bench comprising Justice Cyriac Joseph and Justice K. Padmanabhan Nair admitted an appeal filed against a single judge's order holding that no permission of the Central Government was required for establishing medical college/institutions if such medical institutions did not intend to award any medical/dental degrees recognised by the Indian Medical Council or universities or the State medical council.

The appeal was filed by Indian Medical Association, Cochin Branch and Indian Dental Association, Ernakulam Branch against the single judge's ruling.

The single judge made the observation while dismissing their writ petition against the establishment of a medical college by Universal Empire Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.

Marad hearing

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court today decided to convene a special sitting on April 22 to consider the writ appeals filed by Central and State Intelligence Bureaus against the verdict of the single judge directing them to produce the Intelligence reports relating to Marad violence.

Despite the court being in the midst of a summer vacation, the Bench comprising Justice Cyriac Joseph and Justice K. Padmanabhan Nair decided to post the case to April 22 considering the urgency of the case.

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