M GEORGE CHOUDARY Vs. COMMISSIONER OF ENDOWMENTS A P
HIGH COURT OF ANDHRA PRADESH
COMMISSIONER OF ENDOWMENTS A.P.
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S.Parvatha Rao, J. -
(1.)This Writ Petition is filed for isue of a Writ of Mandamus or any other
appropriate Writ, order or direction (a) declaring that the Vani Press Society
registered under the Andhra Pradesh (Telangana Area) Public Societies
Registration Act (1 of 1350 Fasli) bearing No.1016/80 and Amruthavani Society
(Communication Centre) registered under the aforesaid Act bearing No.579/
73 as charitable institutions as defined under Section 2(4) of the Andhra Pradesh
Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and Endowments Act, 1987, (b)
directing the Commissioner of Endowments, Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad to
publish the aforesaid Societies in the prescribed manner as required under
Section 6 of the A.P. Charitable and Hindu Religious Institutions and
Endowments Act, 1987 and (c) directing the Commissioner of Endowments of
Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad to appoint trustees to both the respective Societies
namely, Vani Press Society and Amrutha vani Society as required under Section
15 of the aforesaid Act and pass such further orders as this Hon'ble Court may
deem fit and proper in the circumstances of the case.
(2.)In this Writ Petition, notice before admission was directed on 18-12-1991
and the learned Government Pleader for Endowments took notice and sought
ten days time for obtaining instructions. Thereafter at the request of the counsel
for the petitioner the matter was posted to 27-3-1992. In spite of time being taken
by the learned Government Pleader for Endowments, till now no counter has
been filed. In the circumstances, in view of the fact that this Writ Petition is yet
to be admitted I heard the learned counsel for the petitioner on the question
whether this Writ Petition should be admitted or not. Already counter affidavit
has been filed on behalf of respondents 3 and 4 by one Sister Goretti, Assistant
Secretag of the Vani Press Society, the 3rd respondent herein. An additional
counter affidavit was also filed by S. Arulappa, who states that he is the Arch
Bishop of Hyderabad, on behalf of respondents 3 and 4. The 5th respondent also
filed a counter affidavit.
(3.)The petitioner claims to be the Business Manager and Acting Manager of
the 3rd respondent-Society i.e., Vani Press Society. He claims to be a member
of the said Society apart from being its Acting Manager and Business Manager.
He states that the 3rd respondent is a Society registered under the Andhra
Pradesh (Telangana Area) Public Societies Registration Act, 1350 Fasli under
certificate of registration No.1016/80 and that its aims and objects are as
(a) To assist Amruthavani (Communication Centre) Society (Regd. No.579
of 1973) in religious cultural activities.
(b) to promote sound literature.
(c) to foster thereby the welfare and integral development of all castes and
(d) to help in the building up of a society in India especially in A.P. based on
principles of truth, honesty, justice and mutual love."
Amruthavani (Communication Centre) Society referred to in the aims and
objects of the 3rd respondent is the 4th respondent herein. The petitioner states
that the aims and objects of the 4th respondent are as follows:-
(a) To provide to all men of good will, without distinctions of a caste and
creed further education in matters of philosophy, religion and morals
through the means of books, correspondence course, audio-visual education
(b) to assist in building a just society through mass communications media
working through present structures at all levels in all fields,
(c) to promote the further training of talented local persons in the various
branches of mass media communications."
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