BENGALURU: The High Court on Friday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking direction to BBMP to follow due process of law before demoliting buildings allegedly built on SWDs and the state government to implement a Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) order for rehabilitation of the affected. The petition was filed by RTI activist T Narasimha Murthy.
“Certain constructions were raised encroaching on stormwater drains. Authorities have initiated a drive to remove those. In this process, certain houses have been demolished. The persons who were affected are not before us. ...As we do not find any public interest to be involved in this litigation, as the persons who are affected are entitled to come in their individual capacity, we do not think we can entertain this petition,” a division bench of Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice Ravi Malimath said.
In a letter to the Chief Secretary on August 11, KSHRC had stated that state should come out with a feasibility package for temporary rehabilitation to relocate the displaced families.