Hyderabad: A two-judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad, comprising Justice V Ramasubramanian and Justice J Uma Devi, on Friday pronounced its judgment in the NCC quota case directing the NCC directorate to pay Rs 3 lakh as compensation to each petitioner. Candidates seeking admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses under the NCC quota for the academic year 2018-19 had filed writ petitions against the Telangana government and NCC Directorate challenging the manner in which priorities were accorded to them and the manner in which the priorities, earlier accorded, were altered. The petitioners contended that the priority given to them in the provisional list was altered in the revised priority list.
The counsel for the NCC Directorate submitted that in the revised priority list ‘II-f’ was accorded only to candidates whose participation was sponsored by the NCC based on an earlier order of the court order that was held misleading by the bench. The petitioners contended that candidates’ participation in State-level Republic Day parade was accorded inappropriate priority by the bench based on a report submitted by the investigating officer. The court opined that the petitioners were wrongfully denied appropriate priorities and were entitled to relief. On the submission of Dr NTR University of Health Sciences and Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences that the admission process was over and entire admission process had to be rerun in the software to rectify the discrepancies, the bench directed the NCC to pay the compensation.
Plea against illegal construction
Justice C Praveen Kumar of the High Court directed the GHMC to obtain instructions in a matter pertaining to illegal construction at Yousuf Bazaar in Hyderabad. Mohammed Hameeduddin Quadri, a shop owner at Yousuf Bazaar, filed a writ petition questioning the inaction of the GHMC officials in not removing the illegal construction and the encroachments. The petitioner sought directions to the GHMC to remove the entire illegal construction.
Notice in contempt plea
Justice AV Sesha Sai of the High Court ordered notice in a contempt petition filed against C Parthasarathi, Vice-Chancellor, and Dr K Ravinder Reddy, Registrar of Sri Konda Laxman Telangana State Horticulture University. Boddu Manisha filed a contempt petition complaining of non-compliance of an interim direction passed in writ petitions filed by Boddu Manisha and 751 other petitioners. The writ petition was filed against the action of co-operative banks in deducting crop insurance premium from crop loans of the petitioners/members released and to-be-released at the rate of 1% to 12.5% in kharif and rabi seasons 2018 and 2019. The judge passed the interim order directing the banks not to deduct premiums. It also directed the Sri Konda Laxman Telangana State Horticulture University to ensure that premiums were not deducted. Aggrieved by the inaction of the university in not complying with the orders, the present contempt petition was filed.
Report on Jagan case sought
A two-judge bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising Chief Justice T B Radhakrishnan and Justice S V Bhatt directed the Special Investigating Team to submit a status report on the incident of YSR Congress Party YS Jaganmohan Reddy being attacked inside Vishakapatanam airport. The bench was dealing with various petitions questioning the lax at the airport and one filed by Jagan himself seeking an inquiry. The bench questioned Assistant Solicitor General K Lakshman as to why Jagan was allowed to leave immediately after the attack at the airport longue. AP Advocate General Dammalapati Srinivas alleged that Jagan was refusing to cooperate with the AP Police. He informed the bench that a FIR was lodged and a SIT headed by an assistant commandant of CISF was formed to investigate the matter. The bench adjourned the matter to Tuesday.