Hyderabad: A two-judge Bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice G Shyam Prasad on Tuesday voiced disappointment at the steps undertaken by the governments of Telangana and AP in effectively preventing malpractices in examinations.
The Bench was dealing with a writ plea filed by Dr Srinivas Guntupalli of Eluru district complaining about the failure of the authorities in not taking effective steps to curb malpractices such as mass copying and guided copying which is illegal, unconstitutional and contrary to the provisions of AP Education Act 1982 and the Andhra Pradesh Public Examinations (Prevention of Malpractices and Unfair Means) Act, 1997.
The bench directed the petitioner to put forth ways to prevent copying except forcing the government to install CCTV camera as it involves huge expenditure and cannot be directed through a mandamus by the court. The Telangana government pointed out that it has installed CCTVs in 400 centres and would install more as and when necessary.
AP told to check cockfights
A two-judge Bench of the High court at Hyderabad comprising acting chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice G. Shyam Prasad on Tuesday directed the authorities to strictly comply with its earlier orders and ensure that cockfights are not held during Sankranti.
The bench made clear that a Joint Inspection team as directed by the Supreme Court shall be constituted to prevent cockfights. The court directed District Superintendent of Police and District Collector of West Godavari to monitor and ensure cockfights don’t take place failing which they will be held personally accountable.
Encroachments on lakes
A two-judge bench of the High court at Hyderabad comprising acting chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice G. Shyam Prasad on Tuesday admitted a writ plea complaining of encroachments on the Sambi cheruvu and Bandalavu cheruvu. A writ petition was filed by T Chandra Shekhar Reddy of Sangareddy district complaining that the authorities are not taking steps against encroachment of Ameenpur, Patancheru mandal, Sangareddy layouts. The petitioner complained that the civic authorities have failed to protect the natural lakes and in preventing unauthorised encroachments of lake and government lands.
Felling of trees opposed
A two-judge bench of the High court at Hyderabad comprising acting chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice G. Shyam Prasad will hear on Friday a writ plea complaining of illegal felling of over 2800 trees between Suryapet to Siddipet. The bench is dealing with a plea filed by P N Kumar Reddy questioning the high handed action of the respondents in indiscriminately felling down about 2800 trees which are more than 100 years old for the purpose of road widening from Suryapet to Siddipet via Jangaon, as arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional and in violation of Article 21 of Constitution of India. The petitioner also sought specific directions to the authorities not to indiscriminately fell down about 2800 trees. The bench while directing the matter to be listed on Friday directed the government pleader to detail the methods to be adopted for reforestation.
Notice to TTD
A two-judge bench of the High court at Hyderabad comprising acting chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice G. Shyam Prasad on Tuesday directed the TTD to file its response on irregularities committed in the management of the affairs of the Bhakti Channel (SVBC) run by the TTD. The bench is dealing with a writ plea filed complaining of large scale financial irregularities in the affairs of the channel and also in the making of appointments. The standing counsel submitted the vigilance report to the court on Tuesday. The bench noticed that the vigilance report prima facie pointed to financial irregularities and ascertained that tenders are given to known persons and not in accordance with law. The bench adjourned the matter by four weeks to ensure filing of a detailed counter and the steps being taken to the response if any to the show cause notice already issued by the TTD.