BENGALURU: A division bench headed by Chief Justice D H Waghela on Thursday issued notice to the Bangalore Booksellers’ and Publishers’ Association on a petition filed by the state government regarding allowing a book exhibition at Palace Grounds for seven days.
The State government had challenged an order passed by a single judge bench in February asking the government to consider the request of the Association to hold a book exhibition at Palace Grounds. The Association had planned to organise the exhibition between May 4 and 10.
The government had, however, refused to grant permission stating that as per its guidelines, the ground cannot be let out for an event for more than three days.
The Association had challenged the guidelines and sought relief after which a single judge bench had asked the government to consider the request.
The High Court on Thursday stayed prosecution against a constable who was charged with robbery. The constable had allegedly run away with money brought by the Lokayukta police to trap a police inspector.
According to the police, constable P P Manjunath, attached to Kothanur Police Station, was about to be caught along with his inspector N Purushotham, who was accepting the bribe money on August 16. While the inspector was trapped, the constable escaped with the money which was tagged with a chemical used to trap corrupt officials.
Manjunath later surrendered and was booked by the Lokayukta police. Meanwhile, the Kothanur police booked him for robbery as he had run away with the money. Manjunath had moved the high court pleading to quash the robbery charge.
During the preliminary hearing on Thursday, the high court stayed the case and asked the prosecution to submit a report.