Madras HC directs constitution of a committee to decide on implementation of OBC Reservations regarding seats in Tamil Nadu Medical colleges

Today, the Madras HC directed the formation of a committee to decide the manner in which reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in State-surrendered medical seats for the All India Quota (AIQ) in non-Central Medical Colleges in Tamil Nadu can be implemented.The Bench of Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Senthil Ramamoorthy passed the verdict on a batch of pleas filed by a number of petitioners, including various political parties in Tamil Nadu as well as the Tamil Nadu Government. However, since the Centre is yet to enact any law on this particular issue, the Court refrained from issuing any positive, straight mandamus. It was noted that the Centre had only proposed to bring about a policy to allow OBC reservation for State surrendered seats with some riders. Therefore, the Court opined that the question of implementing OBC reservation would require the participation of the Central Government, the State Government, the Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India.

(BY- SAMARTH GOGIA)

Madras HC issues notice on Plea seeking online booking facility for Railway concessional tickets

In response to the PIL filed by Dr. Mohamed Khader Meeran, a native of Trichy, The Madras High Court on Friday issued a notice to the Ministry of Railways and the Railway Board online booking facility for concessional tickets in the official website of IRCTC.

A division bench of Justice Subbaiah and Justice Krishnan Ramaswamy has asked the Railway Board and the Central Government to respond within four weeks.The petition argued that announcing a special concession for the patients and not providing the facility for availing concession is not fair.

The patients suffering from Kidney or Heart diseases are at most risk if they visit reservation counter to avail concession during this Corona pandemic. Hence, the IRCTC website needs to be changed accordingly so that the people can avail concession on online reservation.

(BY- SAMARTH GOGIA)

Police brutality is endemic: Madras HC on custodial death of a father-son duo”.

The Madras High Court on hearing a suo moto petition on the alleged custodial death of a father-son duo, in Thoothukudi ,Tamil Nadu who were arrested after they allegedly had altercation with the police for keeping their shop open beyond permitted hours. The bench took a serious view on this issue and stated “The government should come up with the ideas to alleviate work stress of the police personnel”. The court suggested psychological counselling for police officials so that they could “handle such situations calmly”.

The bench recorded the submissions of  K Chellapandian (AAG) that the DGP, pursuant to observations of the court in an earlier hearing, issued on Thursday containing Standard Operating Procedures to be followed by all police personnel in the state during lockdown. He further added that the DGP had spoken to the Chief Secretary for the formation of a high-level committee to frame guidelines. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanswani and Deputy Chief Minister Palaniswani granted a solatium of Rs 25 lakh on behalf of the AIADMK to the bereaved family.

                          Source: The Indian Express 

                          By – Durga Bhatt

Three Judges of Madras High Court tested positive : Court to limit its functioning to urgent matters only

Trying to normalise the  judicial function amid the continuing brutal effect of Covid-19, at least three judges of the High Court of Madras have been tested positive for the said virus which has led to limit the functioning of the said court to hearing the urgent matters only.

Subsequently the administrative committee decided to revert back to hearing only the urgent matters through certain number of benches. The committee was of opinion that only two division benches and four single judge benches out of thirty three judges in total will be hearing the matters of aforesaid nature. 

The High Court on June 1st ruled out the possibility of physical court hearing in spite of  several plea from advocate organisation and expanded it to video conference hearing of all cases by all the 33 judges in their respective jurisdiction they are empowered with. The administrative authority has assured to put the said detailed notification in the official website of the said High Court. 

It was confirmed that the judges who have been tested positive have not be infected from the spread emanating from the High Court arena but from other personal sources, like from their staffs such as their drivers, cook etc. and one of the said judges has caught the virus from attending a wedding ceremony.  The staffs from which the judges have been infected have quarantined themselves and the all the Judges tested positive have been in home Quarantine. 

(By -Satyajit Pattanaik)