//Under-trial Prisoners : notice to Kerala Government

Under-trial Prisoners : notice to Kerala Government

The Hindu , 13 Dec 2006

High Courtround-up

Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed the State Government to show cause why compensation should not be awarded to those under-trial prisoners who had been detained in jail for the maximum period of imprisonment provided for the offences with which they were charged.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice V.K. Bali and Justice C.N. Ramachandran Nair also directed the Government to file an affidavit stating the steps taken to ensure that no under-trial prisoners in future would be detained in jail for more than the period of imprisonment provide for the offence they had allegedly committed.

The court also ordered to furnish the details of the under-trial prisoners who had undergone half the period of maximum sentence that can be awarded on them. The court had earlier directed release of the under-trial prisoners who had served more years in jail than the punishment provided for the offence. It had also ordered release of those who had been under detention for more than half of the prescribed period of imprisonment they would have got if they were found guilty.

IG's wife files petition

The wife of Inspector General of Police Tomin J.Thachankery, Anitha, has filed a writ petition seeking a directive to the police not to harass her in connection with the recent raid on her CD manufacturing unit in Kochi.

While adjourning the hearing on the petition, the Bench comprising Justice B.Koshy and Justice K. Padmanabhan Nair ordered that IG Rishiraj Singh, who was the Anti-Piracy Cell nodal officer, be impleaded as a respondent in the case.

The petitioner sought a directive to the police not to disturb the functioning of her firm, Riyan Optical Disc and allow her to continue with the manufacture of CDs.

Petition dismissed

Justice R. Basant on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by the managing director of Welgate Videos Private Ltd, P.K. Varghese, seeking to quash the criminal case registered under the Copy Rights Act against him.

Fare stage

The Government has informed the High Court that the steps were being taken to rectify the anomaly in the fixing of fare stage. In an affidavit filed in response to a writ petition, it said that the Government in principle agreed that the anomalies should be rectified. It said that the rectification in fare stages could be made after holding discussions with the private bus owners associations. The government did not get time to discuss the matter, as it was busy with resolving the speed governor issue.

PSC rank list

Justice K.M. Joseph has extended until further orders the stay on the publication of the rank list prepared by the Public Service Commission for the posts of lecturers in law in the collegiate education service.

The judge extended the order on a writ petition filed by two candidates who had applied for the post came up. They challenged the stipulation of 60 marks in written test as cut off marks for inviting candidates for interview. A Division Bench had earlier dismissed the appeal filed by the commission against the stay of the publication of rank list. The Bench had also directed to call for interview all those who had secured higher marks. However, the PSC did not comply with the directive.

Contempt plea

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday issued notice on a contempt of court petition filed against P.Rajkumar, Head of Publication Department, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).