Telangana asked to clarify on library cess

By   |  Legal Correspondent  |  Published: 31st Oct 2017  8:40 pm
Hyderabad High Court (Source: Internet)

Hyderabad: A two judge PIL Bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavili on Tuesday granted two weeks time to the Advocate General AP and GHMC to file their respective affidavits in a matter relating to remittance of 8 % cess to Hyderabad City Grandhalaya Sanstha. It is the contention of the petitioner, Lok Satta Party, that according to Andhra Pradesh Public Library Act it is the duty of the Municipalities, Municipal Corporation, Municipal Council and Gram Panchayat to remit the library cess amount to the Grandhalaya Sanstha.

It is the contention of the petitioner that while the cess was collected it was not remitted to the Grandhalaya Sanstha. The Bench adjourned the matter by two weeks and directed the State of Telangana and GHMC to file their affidavits. It is the case of the petitioner that such collection from the public and non-remittance to the beneficiary is illegal and constitutionally impermissible.

HC poser to State on public meetings

Justice S V Bhatt of the High Court at Hyderabad on Tuesday pointedly asked the State government if it had refused permission for all public meetings in the city during the Assembly Session.  The judge asked the question before postponing to Monday two writ pleas questioning the government stand on the TJAC applications to hold public protests.

The judge was dealing with two writ pleas one filed Prof Kodandaram and another by the sarpanch of a village in Ranga Reddy district. The writ pleas are in the context of the refusal by the government to permit TJAC to conduct its ‘Kolluvulla Kosam Kotlata’ ( rally for jobs) programme on the outskirts of the State capital. The petitioners pointed out that the government predictably had held back its order till the last minute.

Senior Counsel L. Ravichander said that it was not so much about a single meeting for which permission was sought as it was about the right to dissent. He said that while the application seeking permission was made way back on October 13 the police authorities held back the orders till date. At this stage Sharath Kumar who defended the action of the government said that the rejection of permission was communicated to the applicant and since Kodandaram was not an applicant there was no need under the law to communicate the order refusing permission to him. Rachna Reddy appearing in the other writ petition contended that the court must intervene to protect the right of expression of the citizen. The matter was adjourned to Nov 7.

Court directive on sale of apartments

A two judge Bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavili on Tuesday stated that 73 flats of the Lodha Belleza and Lodha Meridian shall remain unsold till further orders of the single judge in the writ petition.

S Ravi, senior council, appearing on behalf of the developers of the Lodha Belleza and Lodha Meridian referred to the affidavit filed by the builders giving such an undertaking. The Bench in their order directed that any person who has entered into an agreement of sale can have his sale deed executed by writing a letter. The letter should contain the undertaking of the owner that the sale will be executed subject to the orders that shall be passed by the single judge in the future in the writ petition.

SFC constituted, court told

A two judge PIL bench of the High Court at Hyderabad comprising acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavili on Tuesday closed a writ plea filed by secretary, Forum for Good Governance, Hyderabad for the appointment of chairman and members of the State Finance Commission. It was contended in the writ plea that State Finance Commission was not constituted as per Article 243 of the Constitution of India. D. Prakash Reddy, Advocate General Telangana, stated that the State Finance Commission has been constituted and that the chairman and the members shall be appointed in less than 6 weeks time. Accordingly, the writ petition was closed by the Bench.