Row erupts over Kerala HC order on KAT
Protest is brewing in the State capital over the High Court’s interim order calling for sittings of a Division Bench and camp sittings by a member of the Kerala Administrative Tribunal (KAT) in Kochi from January.
The order comes in the wake of petitions demanding that the KAT be wound up, the High Court once again start dealing with cases that are now dealt by the tribunal, and that the tribunal should start sittings in Kochi.
Former Minister M. Vijayakumar, who called a press conference on Thursday along with Vazhuthacaud R. Narendran Nair, the State vice-president of the Indian Lawyers Association, said a public meeting would be convened on December 17 asking the government to immediately call a discussion on the subject and to constitute a joint action council of the public to launch an agitation against any move to shift the KAT from Thiruvananthapuram.
FRAT, which submitted a memoranda regarding the same to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Minister in charge of district V.S. Sivakumar, and Law Minister K.M. Mani, said the KAT was set up here when the public agitation for a High Court Bench in Thiruvananthapuram was at its peak. Now, in a situation when the High Court Bench here remained a dream, the KAT too was being shifted, a statement from FRAT said.