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Panel report on boat accident: affidavit sought

KOCHI: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday directed the State government to file a detailed affidavit regarding the action taken on the report of the K. Narayana Kurup Commission which inquired into the Kumarakom boat accident that occurred on July 27, 2002.

The Bench of Acting Chief Justice J. B. Koshy and Justice V. Giri passed the direction on a pending writ petition filed in the wake of the Thattekkad boat tragedy (in 2007) in which 15 schoolchildren and three teachers lost their lives.

The petition was filed by K.B. Joy from Kodungalloor. According to the petitioner , had the recommendations of the Narayana Kurup commission been implemented, the Thattekkad boat tragedy would not have occurred.

The petitioner alleged that the State government was not seriously implementing the report.

The government pleader submitted that action was being taken to implement the report.

Dy.SP’s plea dismissed

Justice M.N. Krishnan dismissed a plea of Deputy Superintendent of Police (Administration), Kasaragod, K.A. Abdul Gafoor to suspend his conviction by the Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court in a case relating to an assault on the late journalist Maniyeri Madhavan.

The sessions court had awarded six months’ simple imprisonment to three police personnel including G. Prem Shanker, Additional Director-General of Police (Human Rights), and the petitioner.

The journalist was assaulted in Kannur in 1988.

The Dy.SP filed the petition against an Ernakulam Sessions Court’s order declining his plea to suspend the convention.

The High Court, however, directed the sessions court to dispose of his appeal before the summer holidays.

The sessions court had suspended the sentence.

Prescription audit

A writ petition was filed in the High Court seeking a direction to the State government to set up a body like Kerala State Prescription Audit Authority to audit prescriptions of medicines/ procedures made by medial practitioners for patients. in the State

The petition was filed by M.K. Dasan whose daughter had died after a surgery was performed on her right nostril to remove a small growth, at the Medical College Hospital, Thrissur.

The petition sought sufficient compensation and a probe by the Crime Branch.

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