One more PIL against Green Corridor project
Chennai: One more PIL petition has been filed in the Madras High Court challenging the proposed Chennai-Salem Green Corridor project. A division bench of Justices M Venugopal and M Nirmal Kumar, before which the PIL from S Gnanasekaran of Tambaram came up for hearing on Friday, issued notice to Assistant Solicitor-General Karthikeyan, returnable by August 9. Petitioner disputed the claim of the government that the new project would reduce the distance between Chennai and Salem by 70 km. It will only be a meagre 20 km, petitioner claimed. For saving just 20 km distance, the government need not spend a huge sum running to several thousand crores of rupees. It can very well think of improving the present NH 7 Bengaluru to Krishnagiri which can cater to the needs of all concerned. Further, for the new project, a huge tract of agricultural lands are to be acquired for reducing the distance by just 20 km which is unwanted.
Single judge order assailed by financier Bothra
Chennai: Financier S Mukanchand Bothra of Sowcarpet has moved the Madras High Court with an appeal assailing an order of a single judge, which went in favour of superstar Rajinikanth.Justice N Sathish Kumar on July 24 last had dismissed a civil suit from Bothra against Rajinikanth in connection with a money transaction dispute. Holding that the suit was an abuse of process of law and cheap publicity stunt, the judge had also imposed costs of `25,000 on Bothra. Challenging this order, Bothra filed the present appeal. He contended that the judge was carried away by the personality of the defendant, rather than looking at the allegations in the plaint. The suit was never meant for publicity and he was a reputed person with his own charm, he said.
PIL against tender for medical kits rejected
Chennai: A division bench of the Madras High Court dismissed a PIL seeking to quash a notification of the State government inviting tenders to supply over one lakh medical kits, to be distributed under a welfare scheme for kids. In his PIL Mohammed Rafik, of Ramanathapuram district, alleged that the authorities diluted tender rules to favour some companies that are close to people heading the government. He wanted the court to stall the tender process. When the plea came up before the bench on Friday, Advocate-General Vijay Narayan submitted that a third party, who had no connection with the process, could not be allowed to challenge it through a PIL. Accepting the submission, the bench dismissed the plea.