Hyderabad: A two-judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad, comprising Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan and Justice V Ramasubramanian, on Monday heard inconclusively a writ plea filed by students seeking admission into undergraduate Medical, Engineering and Agriculture courses challenging the GO passed by the Telangana government. Earlier the High Court had directed the State government not to extend the benefit of sports quota for the current academic year for admission to professional courses. Counsel for petitioner B Rachna Reddy contended that deliberate exclusion and inclusion of a few sports in the sports quota was to help vested interests. The counsel prayed for the inclusion of sports common in the State and country to be included in the GO. The bench directed the petitioner counsel to clarify legal provisions, which provide for preference to sports quota over merit quota.
Gram Panchayat: TS gets time to respond
The same bench granted time to Telangana to obtain instructions in a matter pertaining to the reorganisation of Gram Panchayat for Gandhinagar BC Colony. The bench was dealing with a writ plea questioning Section 3 of Telangana Gram Panchayat — establishing a separate Gram Panchayat for Gandhinagar BC Colony hamlet. The Telangana government established a separate Gram Panchayat in Bhcemdevarapalli revenue mandal of Warangal District Urban while bifurcating and deleting Gandhinagar BC Colony from Gram Panchayat Manikyapur village.
Govt told to file counter on village merger
The same bench directed the Telangana government to file its counters in a matter pertaining to the inclusion of 11 villages in Karimnagar district. J Sagar and six other sarpanches of Karimnagar district filed a batch of writ petitions challenging the amended provisions of the Telangana Municipal Corporations Act, 1994 and introducing Section 3A into the statute. The petitioners sought suspension of operation of section 3A in so far as Karimnagar Municipal Corporation was concerned. Earlier, the petitioner’s counsel pointed out that 11 villages were included into the municipal corporation, including the one which was three km from the corporation. In fact, some of the villages located in between were not included. Some villages were intentionally ignored while others were ‘selectively’ included. The bench will hear the matter next week.
Response on allocation sought
The same bench granted time to the Telangana government to file its response in a matter pertaining to final allocation of the Telugu Reporter Category VI. The bench was dealing with a writ plea questioning the placement of N Indira Kumari as the third senior-most candidate in the category. The petitioner sought directions to the government to assign N Indira Kumari to the last rank below the last regular candidate in AP.
Licence suspension challenged
Justice A Rajashekhar Reddy of the High Court granted four weeks to Telangana State Medical Council to file a counter about the suspension of the licence of a medical practitioner. The judge was hearing a writ plea filed by Dr Chandrabhushan challenging the temporary suspension order of his licence in 2016. The petitioner submitted that the order passed by the Medical Council of Telangana was set aside by the High Court in 2016. However, the temporary suspension has not been revoked yet. The petitioner who is an orthopaedic surgeon submitted that he was unable to practise as a result of this.
Plea to transfer students
Justice A Rajashekhar Reddy of the High Court granted two weeks to District Educational Officer, Hyderabad, to file a counter affidavit in a matter pertaining to the transfer of students from Keshav Memorial Boys High School and Keshav Memorial Girls High School to another school. The judge was hearing a writ plea filed by Keshav Memorial Educational Society requesting to transfer high school students of Telugu medium from their school on the ground that they are unable to maintain the school due to lack of funds. The counsel for the petitioner submitted that the school has only class teacher and a drawing teacher and no other subject teacher.
The counsel also submitted that in the English medium school of the society, there are around 800 students and in the Telugu medium there are very few, which is making it difficult for the school management to continue the academic year for the Telugu medium students. The management has requested the Department of School Education, Telangana, to accommodate these students in another school by transferring them. He also submitted that the education department authorities have issued proceedings not to transfer the students and staff from the schools putting the future of these students at stake.