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Parading of elephants between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. banned

Staff Reporter

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday prohibited parading of elephants from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in connection with festivals, celebrations or processions.

Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair directed the authorities concerned to prohibit the same until further orders.

The direction was issued on a writ petition filed by V.V. Jose of Chalakkudy challenging the action of the Chief Wildlife Warden in refusing permission to Mr. Jose for bringing nine elephants from Assam.

The court also directed the Chief Wildlife Warden to ensure that the Kerala Captive Elephants (Management and Maintenance) Rules 2003 were strictly enforced, particularly those relating to provision of food and water for elephants by temple authorities and others.

The court ordered that underfed elephants should not be made to participate in festivals.

The rules, among other things, prescribed that elephants should be properly fed and given water.

Sufficient fodder should be carried during journeys. Arrangements to provide water en route should also be made.

Order quashed

Justice K. Hema quashed the order of the Thiruvananthapuram Vigilance Court closing the disproportionate assets case filed against former Finance Minister Vakkom Purushothaman.

The High Court found that the Vigilance Court had committed some procedural irregularities.

The prosecution case was that the former Finance Minister, his daughter, son and son-in-law had acquired land holdings between November 15, 2004 and July 28, 2005 in various parts of State, misusing the position of Mr. Purushothaman.

The Vigilance Court had dropped the case on the basis of the report of the Vigilance Superintendent that there was no material to suggest that the accused had conspired to acquire the assets.

The report also pointed out that the funds utilised for the same was not provided by the former Minister.

Allows petition

A Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice M.N. Krishnan set aside a single judge's verdict dismissing a petition filed by the State of Arunachal Pradesh against the refusal to register T. John Rose as promoter of the lottery tickets of Arunachal Pradesh.

The court ordered that registration be granted to him.

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