A PIL making serious allegations against the State administration in dealing with the Guthi Koya tribe was filed in the High Court at Hyderabad. Ravinder, Joint Secretary of Civil Liberties Committee, filed the PIL against the action of the officers in the name of evicting them.
The petitioner stated the Guthi Koya tribe traditionally live in forest. These people, including pregnant women, have been subjected to harassment by police and forest department on September 16, it alleged. It sought a stay on their eviction from Jalalancha and Tadwai of Jayashankar Bhupalpally district. The case is likely to be listed on Friday.
Court reprimands temple officer
Justice MS Ramachandra Rao of the Hyderabad High Court faulted A Surya Kumari, executive officer of Kanakadurga temple in Vijayawada, for the manner in which she proceeded to implement orders of the court. She appeared in person in a contempt case.
A Krishna Durga Siva Kumar and V Praneeth Babu had earlier filed a writ petition seeking regularisation of their services at the temple. The judge directed the officer to regularise casual employees, known as NMR employees. However, it was not implemented. The officer argued that there was ban but the court was not convinced. The judge directed the EO to file an affidavit expressing regret for raising the ban issue once again despite a court order asking them to not rely upon this ground while dealing with the issue of NMR employees. The judge wondered how the officer could take the plea of a ban in view of the court orders and adjourned the matter to next week.