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Kerla HC pulls up Kochi Corp on waste management

KOCHI: Expressing concern over piling up of waste in the city, the Kerala High Court has directed the Kochi Corporation to ensure that sufficient bins are provided to gather waste or make necessary arrangements for the house-to-house collection on a day-to-day basis. Other than regular removal of waste, Kochi corporation should provide sufficient camera surveillance in [...]

Open spaces disappearing, Kerala HC stays construction on ‘Pioneer Ground’

Kochi: The Kochi Corporation’s proposal to construct a community hall at Pioneer Ground in Moolamkuzhy division in Fort Kochi, ignoring widespread protest, has been stayed by the High Court. The civic body was moving ahead with its plan to convert open spaces and grounds in west Kochi areas for building construction, ignoring public protest. The [...]

Indian temple priests turn back women, defying court ruling

NEW DELHI (AP) Dozens of Hindu priests on Friday joined conservative protesters to block women of menstruating age from one of the world’s largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, defying a ruling from India’s top court to let them enter. The priests threatened to stop rituals and prayers in the Sabarimala temple in southern Kerala state if [...]

Indian temple priests turn back women, defying court ruling

NEW DELHI — Dozens of Hindu priests on Friday joined conservative protesters to block women of menstruating age from one of the world’s largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, defying a ruling from India’s top court to let them enter. The priests threatened to stop rituals and prayers in the Sabarimala temple in southern Kerala state if [...]

Religion and Women’s Rights Clash, Violently, at a Shrine in India

Members of the B.J.P. and other political parties have demanded a review of the court’s order. But Kerala’s chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, who accused fringe Hindu groups of backing Wednesday’s attacks, said the state government would do everything in its power to uphold the Supreme Court’s ruling. “Those who want to pray cannot be stopped,” [...]

Kerala HC issues notice to State govt, AMMA on women’s collective plea

A Division of the Kerala High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the State government and the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) on a writ petition filed by the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) seeking a directive to AMMA to constitute a complaints committee against sexual harassment in terms of the Supreme Court guidelines [...]

Chekannur Moulavi Murder Accused Let Off by Kerala High Court …

New Delhi: A double murder case that has intrigued the state since 1993 had its sole accused acquitted by the Kerala High Court on Monday. VV Hamsa, the only man prosecuted in the Chekannur Moulavi murder case, was acquitted after the High Court set aside a 2010 order by the CBI court which convicted and [...]

Legality of disaster management authority appointment: Kerala HC seeks govt’s views

KOCHI: The Kerala high court has sought the views of the state government on a petition alleging that appointment of member secretary of Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) is illegal. A petition (WP-C No. 33841/2018) filed by Vijay V Paul of Thottakkattukara in Aluva through advocate Santhosh Mathew is being considered by a division [...]

Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau can’t probe cabinet decisions if graft not involved: Kerala HC

KOCHI: Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) cannot register a case against a cabinet decision unless it involves corruption or criminal misconduct, the high court has held. The ruling by Justice P Ubaid came while framing guidelines for VACB in view of vexatious litigations. The court had considered a petition filed by former home minister Ramesh [...]

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