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Kerala HC rejects top advocate Udayabhanu’s bail plea

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Kerala HC rejects top advocate Udayabhanu's bail plea

Kochi, Oct 31 (IANS) The Kerala High Court on Tuesday rejected an anticipatory bail plea by top advocate C.P. Udayabhanu over his alleged role in the murder of a real estate broker in September.

The police has arraigned him as an accused in the case.

A single bench of the High Court while rejecting his plea, observed that none was “above the law”. It also rejected his counsel’s argument that Udayabhanu “will submit himself” before the probe team.

The court pointed out that the custody of Udayabhanu was “most needed”.

The case pertains to the murder of a real estate broker at Chalakkudy near here in September.

Soon after the murder took place, the police arrested four persons. During the course of investigation, the police found out Udayabhanu’s alleged role, forcing him to approach the court.

With his plea getting rejected, the police are making all efforts to arrest him at the earliest. Udayabhanu is all set to approach the Supreme Court with a new anticipatory bail plea.(IANS)

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Kerala High Court Permits the Employment of Women in Liquor Retail Shops

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December 21, 2016: The employment of women in foreign liquor retail shops got permission by Kerala High Court.

According to court, such orders and rules “are violative of Article 14 and 15 of the Constitution and are therefore unsustainable,” said the court in a recent order about the Foreign Liquor Rules of the state government.

According to PTI, “Justice Anu Sivaraman issued the order while disposing of a batch of writ petitions challenging constitutional validity of Clause No 37 of Rule 7 contained in Chapter VI of the Kerala Abkari Shops Disposal Rules, 2002 and Licence Condition No 36 of Foreign Liquor Rules to the effect that no women shall be employed in any capacity in a toddy or foreign liquor shop.”

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The women said in their petition that they had participated in the selection and they had been included in the ranked list for the appointment to the post of peon/helper in the Kerala State Beverages (Manufacturing & Marketing) Corporation Ltd.

However, they were not given appointment in the vacancies, citing the rules and government order. A notification issued by the Kerala Public Service Commission also stated that women will not be entitled to appointment in shop vacancies.

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PTI reported that the court directed the Kerala Public Service Commission to advise the petitioners to appoint to the post of peon/ helper in the corporation immediately, from the ranked list, as the people who are lower down in the ranked list have already been appointed.

Further said, “This shall be done within a period of two weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of this judgement. The petitioners shall be accommodated against the available vacancies without reference to whether such vacancies are in shops or otherwise.”

The court ruled, “If no such vacancies are available to accommodate the petitioners, they shall be accommodated against the supernumerary vacancies and adjusted against the next arising vacancies.”

The court has also directed the Kerala State Beverages Corporation, Kerala Public Service Commission and the state government in accordance with the judgement and in accordance with law, they should re-work the appointments made from the ranked list.

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The high court said, “In view of the fact that all vacancies have already been reported to the PSC, the 3rd respondent (the PSC) shall also re-work the ranked list and pass orders accordingly within a period of one month from the date of receipt of a copy of the judgement.”

prepared by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Women can now Wear Churidars to Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala

A few years back, the Sree Krishna temple at Guruvayoor also allowed entry of churidar-wearing women

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Thiruvananthapuram, November 30, 2016: The administration of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple here has informed the Kerala High Court that it had decided to let women wearing ‘churidar’ enter it.

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Speaking to IANS, its Executive Officer K.N. Satish said the high court had asked him to take the decision based on a petition.

“I informed the court yesterday (on Monday) that women can enter the temple in churidar,” he said.

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The famed temple that shot into international fame since 2011 after it was found to have a treasure estimated to be in excess of one lakh crores, stacked in five vaults.

The customary dress code for women entering the temple is they should cover their dress using a dhoti or a saree and this was challenged by woman advocate Riya Raji.

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A few years back, the Sree Krishna temple at Guruvayoor also allowed entry of churidar-wearing women. (IANS)

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Kerala’s Communist Government likely to dissolve Devaswom Recruitment Board by handing over temple recruitment to PSC

The board was constituted depending on the recommendations of a single member commission comprising former Kerala High Court judge K S Paripoornan

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Sept 10, 2016: The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala has decided to dissolve the Devaswom Recruitment Board by handing over temple recruitment, with the exception of those performing rituals, to the Public Service Commission (PSC).

The decision comes amidst a continuing stand-off between the CPI(M) and its allies on the one side and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its feeder organizations on the other over matters connected with the management of temples and allowing entry of women at the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, reported a leading news portal.

This will in fact harness the powers of four Devaswom boards in Guruvayur, Travancore, Malabar and Cochin managing around 3,000 temples.

On Thursday, a bill was introduced by the State Cabinet in the Kerala Assembly to assist recruitment from a common eligibility list to be prepared by the PSC, that is, for usurping the rights of the Kerala Devaswom Recruitment Board, reported swarajyamag.com.

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This process is in progress with the passing of the bill, last year in 2015, to replace decree introduced by the previous United Democratic Front (UDF) government, that actually set up the Kerala Devaswom Recruitment Board, taking the first step towards the disbanding of the board.

The board was constituted depending on the recommendations of a single member commission comprising former Kerala High Court judge K S Paripoornan.

Temples dedicated of Swami Ayyappan, Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Temples dedicated of Swami Ayyappan, Image source: Wikimedia Commons

The Hindu Aikyavedi, an organization under the Sangh Parivar umbrella, is in the forefront of the campaign against the LDF government over issues of temple rituals and faith.

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The organization staged a sit-in by the leaders of various like-minded outfits in front of the Secretariat on Wednesday alleging that the LDF government was being privy to efforts to destroy the very foundations of faith at Sabarimala and other temples.

A lot of criticism is faced with the decision regarding the High Court’s intervention against the religious sentiments of a particular community.

A Bill, to replace the Ordinance, was passed by the State Assembly in 2015. Once the new Bill leaving recruitment to Devaswoms to the PSC is enacted, the present recruitment board will cease to exist.

– prepared by Arya Sharan of NewsGram with inputs from various sources