The Madras High Court on Tuesday overturned a government order providing for more than 50% reserve for women in the Greater Chennai Corporation elections. The order follows a petition challenging the validity of a 2019 state government order.
The petition filed by R Parthiban concerned the government’s 2016 amendments to municipal laws, including the Chennai City Company Law, to grant a 50% reserve to women in local elections. Later, in 2019, a government decree in this regard was issued, reserving 16 seats of the Chennai Corporation for registered castes, 16 for women from registered castes, and 89 for women in the general category.
The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) said on Monday that the elderly will be given the precautionary dose of the Covid-19 vaccines at their doorstep and asked all the elderly to call the helpline and reserve a niche. Speaking to Twitter, the Chennai company wrote, “People over the age of 60 with co-morbidities can benefit from home vaccination by booking through the 1913 Emergency Helpline or the Helpline. #COVID – 044-2538 4520 and 044-4812 2300. “
The Madras High Court on Tuesday banned environmental authorities in Coimbatore from taking punitive action against the Isha Foundation, led by Jaggi Vasudev. The first bench of Acting Chief Justice MN Bhandari and Justice PD Audikesavalu granted the brief respite, while allowing and passing interim orders on a written request from the foundation.