CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has directed the State government to give priority to the staff of the judiciary in allotment of government houses.
The First Bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana gave the direction on Friday while passing interim orders on a PIL from the TN Judicial Ministerial Officers Association, by its general secretary SP Rajendran of Chidambaram taluk, on Friday.
The Bench said that when compared to other departments, allotment to the judiciary was quite low. It directed the Housing Secretary to immediately attend to the requirement and not to make any allotment to other departments without giving priority to the judiciary, in view of the starking difference in the allotment. “We hope and expect that a situation will not arise where we will have to stop allotment of quarters to other departments till the requirement of the judiciary is satisfied,’’ the Bench added. It also made it clear that the object was not to keep the 15 per cent accommodation reserved with partly unoccupied accommodation, but that so long as the requirement of the judiciary was 15 per cent or less, it should be fully met. It posted the matter to Jan 8.
HC vexed over relief handling
Chennai: Madras HC has deplored the alleged lack of coordination between the State and the Central agencies in the matter of handling the flood situation, more particularly, distribution of relief materials to the victims. The observation was made by the First Bench of Chief Justice S K Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana when a writ petition from A P Suryaprakasam came up.