BENGALURU: Questioning the delay in appointment of the Registrar of Karnataka Lokayukta, the High Court on Saturday gave the state government two weeks’ time to clarify on the issue.
Hearing a public interest petition filed by advocate R Ananda Murthy, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice B V Nagarathna asked the government’s advocate how much time the Chief Minister needed.
The government’s advocate informed the bench that the matter had been placed before the Chief Minister for consideration and two names had been suggested for the post. They were Additional Registrar M S Balakrishna and District Principal and Sessions Judge Gunaki Narendra Kumar Basavaraj.
Lokayukta Additional Registrar M S Balakrishna’s name has been recommended for the post of registrar. Earlier, the High Court had recommended judge Gunaki’s name to the DPAR. Sources said the government is ready to withdraw the notification posting Jaffer as registrar of Lokayukta.
Hurdles Cleared for BAMUL Polls
The High Court on Saturday gave the green signal to the election of one of a director to the Bangalore Urban, Rural and Ramanagaram District Co-Operative Milk Producers Societies Union Limited, (BAMUL) on Sunday. However, the court barred announcement of results.
Hearing a writ appeal filed by H C Jayamutthu, president of Harohalli Milk Producers Cooperative Society in Channapatna taluk of Ramanagaram district, the division bench also adjourned the case to October 8. The bench issued a notice to BAMUL, the Cooperative Department and others.
Jayamutthu, who had got 69 out of 134 votes polled, was elected as a director of BAMUL in an election held on May 25. Candidate Lingesh Kumar, who had got 62 votes, challenged Jayamutthu’s election with the HC.
Order on Land Recovery stayed
The High Court on Saturday stayed the Bengaluru North Land Tribunal’s order on recovering 265.24 acres excess land worth Rs 1,500 crore from M/s Jamnalal Bajaj Seva Trust. In its petition, the Trust contended that the survey of the disputed land had been ordered on December 9, 2014. However, the Tribunal reserved the order on July 14, 2015, before receiving the survey report. The report was submitted on July 30, the Trust said. “The report will provide details of the agricultural, non-agricultural land, constructed area, etc. Without taking these into consideration, the tribunal reserved the order and pronounced it in favour of the government,” the counsel for the Trust told HC.