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Chief Engineer told to inspect dam site

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KOCHI, OCT. 6. A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court today directed the Central Conservator of Forests and Chief Engineer, Water Resources Department, to jointly conduct an inspection at the catchment area of the Malampuzha dam and file a report whether there was any deviation from the original rural water supply schemes formulated by the State Government. The Bench comprising Chief Justice N.K. Sodhi and Justice A.K. Basheer issued the directive when a writ petition filed by the Malampuzha Dam Protection Council came up.

According to the petitioner, plans were afoot to construct a mini hydro-electric project at the catchments area of the Malampuzha dam. This would affect the ecology and result in felling of large number of trees from the forest area.

When the petition was taken up for hearing, the Central Government submitted that the Union Ministry of Environment had given sanction only for the water supply scheme. It had not allowed any felling of trees or clearing of the forest land.

Sex scandal case

Justice R. Basant has directed the investigation officer in the Kiliroor sex scandal to appear in person before the court on October 7 to answer certain queries. The court issued the directive when an anticipatory bail petition filed by Latha Nair came up before the court. When the court asked the prosecutor regarding certain matter like age of the girl who was alleged to have been sexually abused, he was not able to answer properly.

Stay on BAMS fee

Justice K. Balakrishnan Nair today stayed the enhancement of fee for the second year BAMS courses in the Parasinikadvu Ayurveda Medical College, Kannur, from Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 1 lakh. The stay order came on a writ petition filed by 28 students challenging the management decision to increase the annual fee. According to the petitioner, the decision of the management was against the Supreme Court directive.

Contempt plea

Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair has referred to a Division Bench a contempt petition filed by Mohankumar of Thiruvananthapuram and others against the Additional District Magistrate, Thiruvananthapuram, and the Assistant Engin eer, Transmission Construction sub-division, Kattakada. Thou-gh the Kerala State Electricity Board had given an undertaking before the court that no tree would have to be cut down, as the proposed 66 K.V. electric line did not pass through the property of the petitioners.

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