QChennai: Third Judge Named for MLA Disqualification Case & More

1. Justice Vimala Will Break Tie, Decide Fate of 18 Legislators

Justice Vimala is jurist with a heart, as she is known to pen expressive verdicts backed by meaty legal propositions, keeping the interests of under-privileged litigants alone at the centre.

Justice S Vimala of the Madras High Court was formally nominated as the tie-breaker judge in the case to decide the fate of 18 AIADMK MLAs disqualified by Assembly speaker on 18 September 2017.

On 14 June, the first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar failed to reach a consensus and delivered a split verdict in the case. The chief justice took a moral high ground and said that since she herself was part of the bench, it would not be proper for her to name a third judge whose ruling would be final. She then referred the matter to the next senior-most judge for nominating the third judge. Justice Vimala is 15th in seniority among the 63 judges of the Madras High Court.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: Tamil Nadu MLA Disqualification:  Why Was There a Split Verdict?

2. Activist Piyush Manush Arrested, He Was Against Expansion of Salem Airport

Piyush has been named the prime accused along with Mansoor Ali Khan.

A day after actor Mansoor Ali Khan was detained by the Salem police in Chennai, Salem-based environmentalist Piyush Manush was arrested on Monday evening. Piyush Manush has been protesting the expansion of the Salem airport as well as the proposed eight-lane Chennai-Salem expressway.

Salem Superintendent of Police Georgy George confirmed the arrest. He said that Piyush had been detained for questioning. He, however, refused to divulge what the activist was being questioned over and where he has been held. According to preliminary information, the activist has been charged under section 153a (promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, langauage, etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony).

(Source: The News Minute)

3. Costly Vegetables Set to Get Scarce Due to Truckers’ Stir

Prices of vegetables started shooting up from mid-April and have been escalating ever since. Representative image only.

With June bringing no relief from the scorching summer, several vegetables have already seen a sharp increase in prices in the wholesale market. Now, if the indefinite strike called by truckers, which began on Monday, continues for even two days, it could have a major impact on the cost and availability of vegetables in the city, traders said.

S Chandran, president, Koyambedu Market Licensed Merchants Association, said nearly 30-40% of traders would manage transport of the produce with their own vehicles. On average, the market gets 270-300 truckloads of produce daily, mainly from the southern states. Wholesale traders said that truckers transporting essential commodities normally refrain from participating in the strike during the initial days.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Jayalalithaa Memorial: CJ Says She Can Only Go by the Law

Two litigants, including activist ‘Traffic’ KR Ramaswamy, had challenged the state government’s move to construct a memorial for Jayalalithaa at Marina.

Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee said that though she personally preferred Marina beach to be left untouched, in so far as the issue of constructing former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s memorial on the beach was concerned, she could only decide as per law.

Arguing that the Centre’s Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) regulations came into force only in 1991, Advocate General Vijay Narayan said that MGR’s memorial was constructed after obtaining due permission, as per the laws that were prevailing at that point of time. He said the memorial for Jayalalithaa was also being built strictly as per the rules since clause 8(II)(iii) of a CRZ notification issued by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests in January 2011 permits reconstruction of authorised buildings with the existing floor space index or floor area ratio norms.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. After Flak, DMK Repairs Footpaths

At a meeting on Saturday evening in which DMK working president MK Stalin participated, party men dug holes on the footpaths in Anna Nagar and on Poonamallee High Road.

A day after the DMK drew criticism from residents and commuters for damaging footpaths for hoisting party flags, the party workers repaired pavements in a few areas.

DMK MLA J Anbazhagan posted pictures of his party cadre repairing the footpaths near the Pachaiyappa’s College Metro Rail station. He tweeted: “Our team has successfully repaired the damage in some areas & making sure no damage has been left without repaired. We regret the inconvenience caused, I also made sure contractor will not repeat it again. Thanks.”

They plugged the holes in the footpath with concrete. While some appreciated the effort to repair it immediately, a few pointed out that they should have replaced the granite and not just dumped concrete in the holes.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. Even 1,000 Stalins Cannot Topple AIADMK Regime: CM

Palaniswami emphasised that full credit for the positive developments in the Cauvery row should go to the AIADMK.

Taking pride in his government completing 16 months in power, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami taunted the DMK, saying the AIADMK dispensation was strong, and “cannot be destabilised even if 1,000 [DMK leader] Stalins emerge.” “The present government could never be toppled by Stalin's conspiracies as long as it is guided by the souls of the late [former Chief Ministers] MGR and Jayalalithaa, and supported by 1.5 crore cadre,” Palaniswami said.

He was addressing a public meeting in Mayiladuthurai town to hail the “victory” of Tamil Nadu in its struggle for rights over the Cauvery river. Taking a dig at Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran for “co-conspiring to bring down my government.”

(Source: The Hindu)

7. Cheyyur, 100km Away from Chennai, May Be New Site for Second Airport

Cheyyur is the third location under consideration to decongest the city airport.

The scenic East Coast Road (ECR) may emerge as the gateway to the city’s second airport, as the Tamil Nadu government is considering Cheyyur, about 100km south of Chennai, for the facility which would handle international flights.

The Kancheepuram district administration has collected details of 2,000 acres in three villages of Cheyyur taluk and two hamlets in the neighbouring Madurantakam taluk for the second airport. This is the third location under consideration to decongest the city airport. Earlier, the authorities had looked at a 1,500-acre land parcel at Madurantakam and Uthiramerur, after the government dropped its plan to build an airport in Sriperumpudur. Another 1,250-acre land pocket near Gummidipoondi bordering Andhra Pradesh in Tiruvallur district is also being considered.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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