HC orders recounselling for COMED-K PG students

 The COMED-K had moved the High Court after it entered into an agreement with Director, Health Department, fixing the seat matrix on May 15. The Consortium claimed that it was pressed by the department to fix the seat matrix and issue seat allotment letters to students. It said the seat matrix was fixed by the government without taking it into consideration.

“This has led to overlapping of seats, excess students in some colleges and no allocation to a few colleges,” the petition said.

As the matter was posted for arguments, the COMED-K and the Health department filed a joint memo stating that the counselling would proceed on the basis of the seat matrix.  The COMED-K assured that the confusion will be resolved through fresh counselling.
Following the joint memo, the Division Bench headed by Justice Manjula Chellur disposed of the matter with a direction to conduct recounselling at the earliest.

CM files affidavit

Chief Minister B S Yedyurappa has filed an affidavit before the High Court, that the application seeking to make him a party in the land scam be rejected.

The affidavit said that the application filed by a member of the Opposition party, was politically motivated. Y S V Datta of JD(S) had filed the application. The court also extended till July 29, the stay on the probe by Justice Padmaraj Commission into the land scams in the State.

Petition dismissed

The High Court has dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a ban on gutkha. A Division Bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar dismissed the petition on the basis of the Supreme Court verdict which held that unless banning tobacco, prohibition of only a few of its products would not serve any purpose.  The counsel for the respondent submitted that gutkha cannot be singled out. The Chief Justice observed that tobacco-related cancer kills more people than road accidents.

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