QChennai: HC Wants VIP Lanes at Toll Booths and More

From DMK’s change in stance on God to a PIL challenging a Vishaka panel, catch the latest news from Chennai.

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1. Give Separate Lanes for VIPs, Judges at Toll Plaza

The second bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday directed the concerned authorities to provide a separate lane for VIPs, including judges of the High Court, to pass through the toll plazas in the country without any hindrance.

Any violation of this directive will be viewed seriously and show-cause notices will be issued to the authorities of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) if circulars are not issued forthwith to all toll plazas, a bench of Justices Huluvadi G Ramesh and MV Muralidharan warned and posted the matter after four weeks. The bench was passing interim orders on a batch of PIL petitions praying for a directive to TNSTC to pay toll fee.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

2. Driver Held for Sexually Assaulting Minjur Schoolgirl

Parents learnt about it when the girl complained of stomach pain.
Parents learnt about it when the girl complained of stomach pain.
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A 30-year-old school van driver was booked on Wednesday under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, for sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl in school.

The girl, a resident of Minjur, was an LKG student at a private school in the locality, and travelled every day by van. On Tuesday, she returned home and complained of a stomach ache. Suspecting sexual assault, her parents approached the school management. Pal Pandi, 30, of Tirunelveli, a driver who had been working in the school for the past few months, was the suspect.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. Car Driven by Underage Schoolboy Kills Man

The third fatal accident caused by cars driven by minor boys in Chennai and its peripheries this month. Representational image.
The third fatal accident caused by cars driven by minor boys in Chennai and its peripheries this month. Representational image.
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A car driven by a 16-year-old boy mowed down a motorcyclist on Tuesday at Tiruvallur, the third fatal accident caused by cars driven by minor boys in Chennai and its peripheries this month. Police said the accident took place when a Class 11 boy sneaked out with his father’s car and went on a joy ride with four friends.

The boy was reportedly driving on the Chennai - Tiruttani high road at 8pm when he hit a motorcycle driven by K Lakshmipathy (55), a resident of Pullarambakkam in Tiruvallur district running a tea shop in Tiruvallur town.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

4. DMK Changes Stand on God

Stalin’s recent statement on religion is being seen against the backdrop of the emergence of BJP and its Hindutva discourse.
Stalin’s recent statement on religion is being seen against the backdrop of the emergence of BJP and its Hindutva discourse.
(Photo: IANS)

While Annadurai and his successor in the party and in government, M Karunanidhi, remained atheists, and the DMK was widely viewed as a party of atheists, the statement of newly elected party president M K Stalin on Monday that “we are not opposed to God” has heralded a marked shift in the party’s approach towards God and religion, particularly the Hindu religion.

In the past, one would rarely come across a senior DMK leader with the outward symbols of his religion. Today, there are many who openly display their religious belief without any hesitation and some of the party MLAs bear testimony to the change.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Vishaka Panel Challenged by PIL

Litigant says it should be reconstituted as there is no NGO member in it.
Litigant says it should be reconstituted as there is no NGO member in it.
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A public interest litigation petition has been filed in the Madras High Court accusing the Director General of Police of having constituted a “defective” Internal Complaints Committee in an attempt to help a senior police officer in the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption escape from a sexual harassment complaint lodged by a female Superintendent of Police.

K Prem Anand, 31, a resident of Choolaimedu, had filed the petition urging the High Court to stay all further proceedings pursuant to the constitution of the committee by the DGP on 17 August. He also sought for a direction to reconstitute the committee by including a member of a non governmental organisation committed to the cause of women.

(Source: The Hindu)

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