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Telangana HC takes up PIL on paddy procurement

Published: 30th Nov 2021 12:09 am

Hyderabad: A two-judge Bench of the Telangana High Court comprising Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice A Rajashekhar Reddy took up a PIL challenging the inaction of the government in procuring paddy from farmers. The Bench directed the government pleader for Civil Supplies, Food Corporation of India and Ministry of Consumer Affairs, food and public distribution to seek instructions within two weeks. The Bench was dealing with a PIL filed by one Bommanagari Srikar challenging the refusal by the Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Telangana, to purchase paddy from lakhs of Telangana farmers during the Kharif season for the year 2021. He also sought to declare the refusal on part of the government to purchase paddy and other agricultural produce from farmers as illegal as it has agreed to procure 40 lakh MTs of paddy from the farmers earlier. The matter will be heard after two weeks.

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Wakf properties

The same Bench directed the State Wakf Board to protect the Wakf properties throughout the State and ensure the properties are protected from encroachments. The Bench closed a PIL filed by one Mohd Viqaruddin who contended that the Revenue and Wakf authorities were guilty of inaction in protecting Wakf properties in Patancheru. The Wakf Board filed a counter stating that it had taken steps by issuing notice to encroachers and had also filed an appeal challenging the occupancy right certificate granted in favour of certain third parties.

Maximo Tyres case

The Bench imposed costs of Rs 1 lakh on one M Sitaram Reddy who filed a PIL questioning the grant of permission to Maximo Tyres for establishing a tyre factory in Chevalla Mandal Ranga Reddy district. The petitioner complained that the permission to the tyre factory violated GO 111. It transpired that the establishment of the tyre factory was with the consent of the authorities and approval by the Pollution Control Board. When the court faulted him for not coming up with relevant facts he sought to withdraw the PIL. The Bench faulted the approach of the petitioner and imposed exemplary costs to be deposited to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

Committee on Covid norms

The Bench directed the State government to constitute a high power committee to conduct periodic inspection and ensure that all Covid related norms are followed by schools in the State. It also directed the State government to carry out surprise checks in schools to see if there is any non-observance of Covid norms. The Bench expressed its concern in view of reports of a fresh variant of Covid that is reported to have hit the world. The Bench was dealing with PILs filed against the orders issued by the State government to open schools across the State. The matter was posted to February 2022.

Proceedings stayed

Justice Sreedevi of the Telangana High Court on Monday stayed all further proceedings against the Managing Director of the Mahesh Cooperative Bank. The bank and its MD filed a writ petition questioning the action of the Enforcement Directorate for initiating proceedings under the Money Laundering Act. The High Court said that the petitioner has always responded to the notices issued by the Enforcement Directorate. The petitioner raised various questions of law on the applicability of the PMLA Act based on the complaint and therefore the proceedings are illegal.

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