HC seeks reply on PIL for cancellation of UP CPMT

HC seeks reply on PIL for cancellation of UP CPMT
HC seeks reply on PIL for cancellation of UP CPMT

The Allahabad High Court today asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file its reply on a PIL seeking cancellation of the May 25 Combined Pre-Medical Test which has come under scanner following the arrest of nearly 12 people for allegedly trying to leak the question papers.

Passing the order, a two judges’ vacation bench of justices V K Shukla and Yashwant Verma also asked the Lucknow University, which had been entrusted with conducting the tests this year to file a counter-affidavit within six weeks.

Fixing July 28 as the next date of hearing in the matter, the court asked the Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh Police to submit a report of the progress in the investigation being conducted by it and warned against any “interference” coming in the way of the probe.

The court also noted that the entire examination would have to be cancelled if irregularities were proved.

At least 12 people, including as many as four doctors, were arrested by the STF from Gautampalli area of Lucknow while the tests were being conducted.

The arrested persons were found to be in possession of a number of electronic devices through which they were allegedly trying to provide answers to questions in the paper to candidates for a price.

HC seeks report on SP’s convention from Lucknow DM

The Allahabad High Court today sought a report from Lucknow district magistrate on whether necessary conditions were fulfilled while granting permission for ruling Samajwadi Party’s ongoing national convention at a park here.

A Lucknow bench of Justices V K Shukla and B K Srivastava, which was hearing a plea seeking cancellation of permission for the event at Janeshwar Mishra park, however, refused to interfere on the ground that the convention had already started yesterday and would culminate tomorrow.

In its petition, local lawyer Manendra Nath Rai submitted that the park was categorised as an eco-garden and alleged that there was violation of terms and conditions while granting permission for the event.

He sought direction that the October 4 order of the DM granting permission to organise the party’s national convention at the park be quashed.

He also prayed that heavy fine be imposed on the party and authorities as lakh of people would assemble at the convention site and disturb the ecology.

Advocate General Vijay Bahadur Singh, however, argued that it was merely an apprehension of the petitioner that ecology would be disturbed. He said that the terms and conditions were neither violated nor were likely to be violated.

The court sought a report from Lucknow DM asking whether terms and conditions were fulfilled or not in the grant of permission. It directed that the DM should also produce video footage or photographs as supporting material.

The bench said that other respondents may file their reply while directing to list the petition after six weeks.

Greater Noida land row: Land acquisition of 3 villages cancelled

A full bench of the Allahabad High Court today ordered cancellation of land acquisition of three villages – Asadullapur, Shaberi and Devla village – in Noida extension while ordered hiked compensation in 64 villages besides raising the developed areas to be given to the farmers by the developers.

The court also ordered a high-level probe by the Uttar Pradesh government over the land scam in the Noida extension.

The full bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, S U Khan and V K Shukla gave their judgement after hearing the case of housing projects on nearly 5000 hectares of land on the 491 petitions against land acquisitions in Noida and Greater Noida.

The court has fully cancelled the acquisition of land Chak Sheberi, Devla and Asadullapur villages in Noida Extension and has asked the state government to return all the land to the farmers. The farmers have also been asked to return the compensation received from the State government.

In another order, the court has ordered 60 per cent hike in the rate of compensation in remaining villages while the developed area to be given to the farmers have also been hiked from 6 per cent to 10 per cent by the builders.

Now the farmers of these villages who had received Rs 850 per sq meter compensation would get another additional Rs 544 as compensation for per sq meter after the court judgement.

The full bench has also asked the state Chief Secretary to order a probe into how the farmers’ land were wrongfully acquired enforcing emergency clause by the authorities.