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Published: 12th June 2013 09:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th June 2013 09:42 AM   |  A+A-

Two women corporators of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have filed a petition before the High Court on Tuesday challenging the modified government’s notification on February 8, announcing the reservation for the mayoral elections for the year 2013-2014.

The counsel for petitioners Varalakshmi J and Noor Jahan submitted that as per the reservation for 2013-14 mayor/deputy mayor post was reserved for General (Women), but the  word ‘Women’ was removed in the February 8 notification to facilitate male BJP corporators contest for the post of Mayor. This is violation of the Karnataka Municipal Council Act, the petition said and sought to quash the notification and directions to reserve the post for General (Women).

Justice H N Nagmohan Das adjourned the case for final orders, to June 18.

Land Identified

The BBMP on Tuesday informed the High Court that five acres had been identified for relocating 140 ‘unauthorised occupants’ found at the EWS quarters site in Ejipura.

Following the submission, a division Bench of Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna issued notices to 70 original allottees in the EWS quarters on a petition filed by Shantha Mary and 139 tenants and occupants seeking sites as promised by the BBMP in 2005.

The petitioners have sought to reconsider the previous High Court order which directed that 1,512 original allottees will be entitled to the newly-constructed houses and that all occupants should be evicted from the present site after October 8, 2012.

The petitioners’ have sought benefits, not only to the original allottees, but also to the occupants who have been given certificates of residence by the BBMP.

“There are 1,140 other tenants and occupants who needs the plots,” the petitioners said.

The bench said that other tenants are not mentioned in the petition and they will have to implead in the petition to get any relief.

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