Madurai: The Madurai Bench of Madras High court lent a helping hand to a poor washerman by mobilising Rs 60,000 from advocates for his son's education after his plea for loan was rejected by a bank on technical ground.
Justice K Venkataraman, who took pity on the petitioner, C Muthiah of Pannaipuram from Theni district, made a request to the six advocates in the court hall if they could meet the educational expenses (Rs 59,705) of the boy doing Diploma in Electronics and Communication Engineering.
When the petition challenging rejection of the education loan came up before him, the Judge observed that a Division Bench of the court had given some judgements which were binding on the banks and they could not be compelled if the loans had been rejected on technical ground.
The petitioner submitted initially that Tamil Nadu Mercantile Bank, Pannaipuram, refused to give even the education loan application.
He approached the court in 2011 and the court directed the bank to give him the application and consider it and dispose it of in two weeks. But the bank rejected the application on the ground that his s on got only 70 out of 200 in mathematics and he got the seat under Management quota.
The bank also cited that the petitioner's wife was a member of a Self-Help Group which was in the Non-Performing Asset status with an outstanding loan of Rs 37,118, and rejected the loan.
Unable to grant any relief on the petition, the Judge, who had himself offered to undertake the education expenses of a student similarly placed earlier, made the request to the advocates.
Responding to the Judge's request, Pala Ramaswamy, Isaac Mohanlal, Ajmal Khan, Prabhurajadurai Maheswaran, Lajapathiroy and Anandhapadmanbhan together contributed Rs 60,000.