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Circular on BMTF questioned

Published: 18th June 2013 09:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th June 2013 09:54 AM   |  A+A-

The high court on Monday issued notices to Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF), the state government and other government agencies on a writ petition filed challenging the government’s move to ask the BMTF not to investigate into the offences which can be probed by the police and other investigative agencies by issuing a circular in this regard.

While requesting the court to quash the circular, petitioner H Promod contended that the BMTF is authorised to inquire into the irregularities committed by officials and politicians.

However, when the BMTF is inquiring into the alleged irregularities committed by influential people like former Home Minister R Ashok, former Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar and former Urban Development Department Principal Secretary Bharat Lal Meena, the state government issued a circular on February 2, 2013 asking the BMTF not to probe into issues that can be probed by police and other investigative agencies.

The circular takes away all the powers of the BMTF and was issued to dodge the investigation, he contended.

A Division Bench headed by Chief Justice D H Waghela ordered notices to the government, the BBMP and the BMTF.

He directed the officials to hand deliver the notice to the BMTF and adjourned the further hearing of the case to July 2.

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