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Hearing on writ petition adjourned

By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, JUNE 18. The Kerala High Court today adjourned to June 22 the hearing on a writ petition challenging the K.T. Thomas Committee's direction to the self-financing medical college managements to extend the date of receipt of applications for the common entrance test and to postpone the proposed examination scheduled for June 13.

According to the petitioner, the Committee had no power to issue such a directive. The change of dates for the examination could be made only at the risk of losing recognition of the institutions because the Dental Council of India and the Medical Council of India had already fixed a date for the examinations. In fact, there was no Supreme Court directive to the Commission on postponement of the examinations, he said.

In an affidavit, the Government said that the directive of the Committee was just and proper. It said that the fee indicated in the prospectus ranged from Rs. 4.25 lakhs to Rs. 4.75 lakhs a year for the MBBS degree courses. The court today allowed the petitioners' plea to implead the Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India as respondents.

Inquiry ordered

Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair has directed the Chief Secretary to conduct an inquiry by a senior officer working outside the Sales Tax department to identify persons responsible for the loss caused to the Government because of the Tax Department's failure to collect tax arrears on time from a business establishment. The court directed that appropriate action be taken against those identified by the officer. The court ordered that a report be filed on the action taken by the Chief Secretary.

Case adjourned

The court adjourned to next Friday the case in which the court ordered personal appearance of all members of the executive committee on implementation of the master plan for mosquito eradication.

Directive sought

A writ was filed seeking a directive to the Chief Minister and the Director General of Police to keep the police force free from political interference and in accordance with the laws.

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