//Enrolment of priests: order reserved

Enrolment of priests: order reserved

Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday reserved its order on an appeal filed against a single judge’s verdict holding that nuns, priests and sanyasins could be enrolled as lawyers provided they do not engage in any full time professions such teaching or nursing.

The judgement was reserved by the Bench comprising Chief Justice V.K. Bali and Justice J.B. Koshy.

The Bench had earlier stayed the judgement while admitting the appeal filed by the Bar Council of India. The single judge made the ruling while allowing three writ petitions by two nuns, Tina Jose and Tessy and a priest, Thomas Pudussery, challenging the decision of the enrolment committee of the Bar Council of Kerala (BCK) not to enrol them as lawyers.

The single judge had observed that nuns and priests were members of the religious profession. But, the profession defined under rule 2(b) of the Bar Council of Kerala Rules was a profession which was "analogous to trade or business which generates income and not the profession of religion."

Petition dismissed

Justice J.M. James has dismissed a petition filed by K. Ajitha, president, Anweshi Women’s Counselling Centre, challenging the order of the Vigilance Court, Kozhikode accepting the final report filed by the investigation officer after removing former Industries Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty from the array of the accused in a corruption case, an offshoot of the ice-cream parlour case.

The case related to striking off the floor length ratio in the final draft granting exemption from the building rules. The case was detected while investigating the ice-cream parlour sex case. Dismissing the petition, the Judge said that a Division Bench had already upheld the Government order giving exemption to the building.

The court said that there was no reason to interfere with the Vigilance court order.

Vinaya’s plea dismissed

Justice S. Siri Jagan has dismissed a writ petition filed by Vinaya N.A., a police constable at the Vythiri Police Station, Wayanad, seeking permission to take out a motorbike campaign on the day of International Women’s Day on March 8 for propagating the idea of women empowerment. The petition was filed as the Government declined permission for taking out the campaign. The court said that the rejection order was passed in accordance with the service rules.


K. Padmanabhan Nair adjourned to next week the hearing on the petition filed by Rojo, a suspect in the case relating to the missing of seven-year-old boy from Alappuzha seeking a direction to the CBI not to harass him in the name of subjecting him to narcoanalysis. The petitioner said that the CBI had no right to subject him to narcoanalysis.

Detention upheld

The Bench comprising Justices M. Ramachandran and A.K. Baheer upheld the detention of K.T. Charley, one of the accused in the case relating to the smuggling out of three containers from the Kochi port, under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Act. The petition filed by his wife, Lissie Zacharia, had alleged that there was illegality in the order.


The Bench also held that the provisions of the Head Load Workers Act was not applicable to the agricultural operations. It would be preposterous to suggest that the agriculturists had to register with the committee under the Head Load Workers Act. Petitioners Jayaprakash of Palakkad and his wife complained that the BMS union was obstructing the loading of paddy from their field into the lorries by their own employees.