BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to Sringeri BJP MLA D N Jeevaraj in connection with a petition seeking action against him and Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda for constructing a building in violation of BDA building by-laws.
Hearing the petition filed by K G Nagalakshmi Bai, a Division Bench headed by Justice D V Shailendra Kumar ordered notice Jeevaraj and adjourned the matter till May.
Bai had stated that Gowda constructed a commercial building on a residential site and “amalgamated” his site with the adjoining site owned by Jeevaraj without obtaining permission from the BDA.
She said Gowda, who was allotted 24.84 guntas at Nelagunte village, had approached the BDA seeking permission in this regard. Though the BDA rejected the proposal, he went ahead with the construction of a five-storey shopping complex there, she said.
March 2 Violence: Orders Reserved
The Special Division Bench of the HC comprising Justice Ajit Gungal and Justice B V Nagarathna on Wednesday reserved its orders on handing over the probe into the March 2 City Civil Court violence to the CBI. The counsel for the Advocate Association, Bangalore, said the petitioner did not have faith in the state police and the CID as “they would not conduct a free and fair investigation against their own officers”. Advocate General S Vijay Shankar said a special investigation team headed by the DG & IGP would conduct the probe, and there was no need to hand it over to the CBI.
Status Quo On Mini-Hydel Project
The HC on Wednesday ordered to maintain status quo till the disposal of a petition filed against an upcoming mini-hydel project at Kagneri and Kenchankumari Reserve Forests in Sakleshpur Taluk.
During the hearing of the PIL filed by Bangalore-based Prashanth Yavagal and the Western Ghat Environment Forum, the respondents demanded that they be allowed to continue the work as they had completed 70 percent of the work.
The petitioners said mini dams in the Western Ghats had been destroying forests.
Hearing the petition, a Division Bench, headed by Justice D V Shylendra Kumar, observed that the Supreme Court had ruled that developmental works should not be carried out in forest areas, but the state was allotting works in forest areas.
HC Notice to State, PUE Board
The HC on Wednesday issued notices to the state government, the Department of Pre-University Education, Karnataka (PUE Board) and Thimmaiah Purle, president, Karnataka State Pre-University College Teachers’ Association, in connection with a petition filed by advocate V Vasudev against the PU teachers for boycotting paper valuation works.
After issuing notices, a Division Bench headed by Justice Shylendra Kumar adjourned the matter.
KPSC Scam: CID Submits Report
The CID police submitted their investigation and forensic report at the HC on Wednesday in connection with the alleged irregularities in selection of candidates for Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) in 1998, 1999 and 2004.
Hearing a batch of petitions filed by the then chairman of KPSC Krishna, and four candidates, a Division Bench headed by Justice Shylendra Kumar adjourned the matter for further hearing.
The CID police had earlier submitted that the investigation revealed the irregularities in recruitment.
Somalingappa’s Bail Plea Rejected
The Lokayukta Court on Wednesday rejected an anticipatory bail plea filed by M S Somalingappa, BJP MLA from Siruguppa, whose house was raided by the Lokayukta police on April 13, on a private complaint.