BANGALORE: The High Court on Thursday dismissed BBMP’s Joint Inspection Committee report which had alleged that Hamara Shelters Pvt Ltd, a concern owned by Mantri Developers, had encroached government land near Sampige Road at Malleswaram.
Justice Ram Mohan Reddy passed the order and said the BBMP Commissioner’s act on constituting a committee of Deputy Commissioners of Health, Estate and Land Acquisition is illegal. He directed the civic body to take action on the commissioner who had constituted the committee by violating rules and also directed it to recover the money spent on the survey and the committee’s expenditure from the officers who had directed to do the same.
Hamara Shelters had purchased a 19.5 acres of land through a public auction by National Textile Corporation of India in 2005 and later it had handed over some portion of the land to BMRCL for joint development for the construction of Sampige Road Metro Station and commercial tower under the first ever pubic-private partnership of Namma Metro. Later, BBMP had refused to sanction the building plan alleging that Hamara Shelters had encroached the land. Later, a petition was filed by Hamara Shelters before High Court challenging the notice issued by the Joint Inspection committee directing to hand over the 4.5 acres of government land.
Counsel representing the petitioner had submitted a khata obtained in 1975 and it showed that they own the land and it was purchased by Hamara Shelters.
Schools Told to Admit Students
The High Court directed three schools to admit 72 students who were earlier denied admission under RTE. Justice S Abdul Nazeer passed the order while hearing a petition filed by Mithun and 58 students alleging that Vidya Shilp School in Yelahanka and Vidyaniketan School in Hebbal had denied admission to them under RTE.