HC Directs Tahsildar to Issue Social Status Certificate

Hyderabad: Justice K. Lakshman has directed the Adilabad Urban mandal tahsildar to issue an ST community certificate as Lingadhari Koya to an NEET aspirant within two weeks. This comes after Challuri Nihitha, the aspirant, filed a writ before the Telangana High Court alleging that the Adilabad collector and the tahsildar had repeatedly rejected her request for issuance of a certificate on untenable grounds. The petitioner alleged that in spite of her bringing to the notice of the respondent authorities, the community certificate of her parents, her requests were illegally and arbitrarily rejected by the respondent authorities. After considering her plea, the judge set aside the rejection orders passed by the respondent authorities and directed that the certificate be issued within two weeks. The petitioner complained of inexplicable red tape and lack of sensitivity on the part of the government in dealing with elementary issues relating to the social status that could jeopardise her career prospects.

CJ recuses from petition on NALSAR

Chief Justice Alok Aradhe recused from hearing a writ petition filed against the National Law School Nalsar as he was the chancellor of the university and said it would be improper on his part to adjudicate matters of the institution. The matter relates to a writ petition filed by M. Karthik, a resident of Tirupati. It is the case of the petitioner that he scored All India rank of 871 and Nalsar had failed to consider his domicile status thereby proceeded to insert his candidature at serial no 78 of Provisional 5th List CLAT 2024 UG. The petitioner contended that such an action of the respondents was contrary to Section 95 of The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act 2014 which provides for “Equal opportunities for quality higher education to all students. In order to ensure equal opportunities for quality higher education to all students in the successor States, the existing admission quotas in all government or private, aided or unaided, institutions of higher, technical, and medical education in so far as it is provided under article 371D of the Constitution, shall continue as such for a period of ten years during which the existing common admission process shall continue.” Earlier the vacation panel, after considering the arguments, directed NALSAR to hold a seat in the BA-LLB course and posted the matter after vacation. The matters will now be heard by a division bench presided by Justice Sujoy Paul.

HC notice on railways’ scanning charge

Justice C.V. Bhaskar Reddy of the Telangana High Court ordered notice in a batch of writ petitions questioning the power of the railways in levying and collecting scanning charges. The judge was hearing a batch of writ pleas filed by contractors, who were successful bidders to handle parcels from one railway cargo section to another. They alleged that the authorities charged Rs 10 and `five, respectively, as scanning charges for the parcels. The petitioners contended that such imposition was not part of the tender conditions and therefore it was without the authority of law. The judge, not inclined to order an ad interim order, granted time to the authorities to file their response.

Cleared once, official booked on same charges

T. Madhavi Devi of the Telangana High Court took on file a writ plea on the question as to whether authorities could initiate disciplinary proceedings on the same set of facts on which an employee was exonerated in a criminal case. K. Looka filed the writ petition complaining that the Telangana agriculture and cooperation department had initiated a departmental inquiry against him for the same set of facts for which he was exonerated in a criminal case earlier. The petitioner is an agricultural extension officer grade II at Bichkunda, Nizamabad district. The petitioner alleged that the conduct of respondents in conducting departmental inquiry again in respect of the same set of facts is unjust, illegal and in violation of various articles of the Constitution. He also sought sanction of his annual grade increments with retrospective effect and revised pay scale with all attendant benefits, including the special promotion scale on completion of 16 years of service.

Remove bathrooms, sheds near temple: HC

Justice T. Vinod Kumar of the Telangana High Court directed the removal of the encroachments of tin sheds and bathrooms constructed near the Balaji Temple at Nimboliadda. The judge was dealing with a writ plea filed by the management of the Sri Balaji Temple complaining of illegal encroachments by GHMC, which had allegedly constructed the said structures.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle )
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