HC defers plea on OU not responding to RTI

Hyderabad: Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy of the Telangana High Court on Monday deferred hearing in a matter relating to the non-disclosure of information under the Right to Information Act (RTI). The judge was dealing with a writ plea filed by Mohammed Absar Ahmed, a law student, alleging that the deputy registrar, academics, at Osmania University has failed to dispose of the RTI application made in May 2023. The applicant had sought information regarding implementing a biometric form of attendance in OU, and the cost. Deepak Misra, counsel, said the petitioner had made a statutory appeal before the OU registrar, the first appellate authority, but was unsuccessful. The judge adjourned the matter to November 15.

Seniors get relief from attendance:

Justice Radha Rani of the Telangana High Court on Monday insured against the attendance of an elderly couple in a criminal case involving allegations of cheating. The judge was dealing with a petition to quash a criminal case against a septuagenarian couple, P. Gopal Rao and his wife. They contended that a complaint was filed against them of non-repayment of a loan, without filing proof. They said that at the most a recovery suit could be filed, and the invocation of criminal jurisdiction was in order to harass them. The court observed that the presence of the petitioners, senior citizens, would not serve a valuable purpose and dispensed their presence. The matters would be heard on December 15.

HC seeks DRI word on testing drugs:

Justice S. Nanda of the Telangana High Court on Monday refused to grant an ex-parte order to send samples of seized psychotropic drugs to an independent testing agency. The judge was dealing with two writ petitions filed by Dr Peddolla Sreenivas, complaining against the seizure of 101 Kg of methaqualone, a psychotropic substance. According to the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, the substance was seized by the authorities at Pune while being transported from Hyderabad to Mumbai. While the petitioner disowned the property, the persons from whose possession the material was recovered pointed fingers at him. Earlier, the judge had directed that the investigation may go on but DRI must not take coercive steps. In a fresh petition, the petitioner wanted the samples to be sent to an independent agency other than the FSL. On opposition from the government, the judge refused an interim order and directed the authorities to file their response.

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