Madras High Court: Remove CMs photos

Lawyers want CM’s photo removed from court halls


Madurai: Nearly 50 lawyers of the Madurai bench of the Madras high court have submitted a petition to Chief Justice HL Gokhale demanding that the state government calendars with photographs of chief minister M Karunanidhi be removed immediately from the court halls.

Speaking to The Times Of India, S Rathinam, advocate and social activist who is leading the campaign, said calendars with political personalities imprinted on them was a violation of Article 50 of the Constitution, which mandates that the state should take steps to separate the judiciary from the executive and should be removed from the court halls.

Only then can the judiciary maintain its independence, he said.

The lawyers, from Madurai and Chennai, had met the chief justice on February 3 and submitted the petition. They urged the chief justice to replace the calendars with a new set without any political affiliation or colour so that the faith of the common man in the judiciary is restored. A copy of the petition was also submitted to the chief secretary.

In a petition last year, Rathinam and over 150 other lawyers from various parts of the state, including Madurai, Chennai, Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Karur and Erode, had demanded that the portrait of BR Ambedkar be placed in all the court halls and that his statue be installed in the Madurai bench.

Mumbai Forest Land Case: Some Hope?

CM takes up forest land case

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Mumbai: Chief minister  Ashok Chavan has assured petitioners in a forest land case that he would take up the matter of those who paid Net Price Value (NPV) as per Supreme Court orders and pursue it with the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) for regularisation.

The apex court had recently passed an order, directing those affected in Mulund and Nahur to pay the NPV as per recommendations of the Central Empowered Committee.

Petitioner Prakash Padikkal, who met Chavan on Thursday, said about 395 societies/individual complexes in the area would benefit from the order.