Hyderabad: A two judge panel of the High court comprising Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Tukaram on Wednesday, while extending time to the GHMC to respond to a bunch of writ pleas and PILs, made clear that if the counters are not filed on the said day, the Commissioner will have to be present in person. While some of the cases are related to inaction on the part of the civic body in acting against encroachments and illegal constructions, few other petitions are filed by persons complaining the GHMC was acting illegally in seeking to evict them. In some of the cases the Wakf Board is also made a party and in one PIL filed by RTI activist Satya Naresh, the complaint is that the GHMC and the department of Municipal administration have completely failed in ensuring proper maintenance during rains. Senior Counsel L Ravichander pointed out that the earlier response by the GHMC was vague and their assurance to file a more detailed counter has not been fulfilled. He also pointed out that a few millimeters of rain in the city leads to a complete stand still and flooding of rain waters. The court granted time to all the respondents including the government and the Wakf Board to file their response in four weeks.
Steps to make polls friendly
The Election Commission of India on Wednesday informed the panel about the steps it is taking to make elections friendly for the physically challenged. Avinash Desai, advocate for CEC pointed out to the court about the steps being taken. He was responding to a suo moto writ through a letter addressed to the court complaining that the election commission failed to include intellectual and psycho disabilities while arranging special polling booths for disabled persons. Further seeking that the audit report with recommendations shall be implemented, the letter further addressed that all announcements shall be made through electronic media including street campaigns. The panel required CEC to file its report in 4 weeks.
The panel required the Osmania General Hospital to take steps in accordance with law to evict encroachments on its land. The panel further required the hospital to file a report on its action in 6 weeks. The panel is dealing with a PIL complaining about a large scale encroachment in the land belonging to Government Hospitals in the State. While the superintendent of the Hospital for Mental Health informed the court of having taken effective steps against the encroachments including construction of a compound wall, the Osmania General Hospital, stop shot of effective action and said that it has identified and enlisted the encroachers.
Time extended to forest department
The panel extended the time granted to the State Forest Department to file its report in a week on felling of trees between Gandhi Nagar and Mylaram Villages. The earlier interim order not to fell any trees was extended by the panel. The panel made the order in a PIL filed by Vempati Ganga Prasad, a practicing advocate, seeking the following relief against the action of the alienation of forest land in favour of various organisations and statutory bodies for construction of district court building and complexes. The petitioner further pleaded to cancel the allotment and alienation of the land in favour of various organisations and statutory bodies.
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