BENGALURU: The High Court on Friday permitted the organising of ‘Sampradayabaddha Kambala’, which does not involve racing, in Udupi.
Justice A S Bopanna passed the interim order to this effect after hearing the petition filed by Udupi Zilla Sampradayabaddha Kambala Samiti, which challenged the rejection of its request to allow it to hold Sampradayabaddha Kambala by the Deputy Commissioner.
Following this, the Samiti approached the High Court. The petitioner contended that banning Kambala will hurt religious and traditional sentiments, and it is also highly arbitrary and illegal.
“The object of Kambala is to create awareness for the wellbeing of cattle in villages. The authorities have failed to appreciate the fact that the landowners treat buffalos as God’s. The authorities have also failed to understand the different types of Kambala,” the petitioner said.
On October 28, the High Court gave the green signal to the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Districts Kambala Samiti to conduct the event in terms of the government order dated December 17, 2015 wherein certain conditions were imposed to prevent cruelty to animals.
The High Court on Friday asked the BBMP to submit a status report in two months on steps undertaken to fill up potholes, remove encroachments and barricade open drains. A division bench of Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee and Justice R B Budihal issued the directive after hearing PIL filed by a city-based foundation. In the petition, which was filed in 2014, the petitioner explained the instances wherein two children drowned in open drains/pits in city.
The High Court on Friday reserved its judgment on two separate petitions filed by former vice-chancellors, Prof K S Rangappa and Prof M G Krishnan, of Karnataka State Open University, challenging the criminal case registered against them with regard to certain irregularities during their tenures in Mysuru. Both have challenged the proceedings initiated against them pursuant to the FIR registered on August 20, by the Jayalakshmipuram police, Mysuru, for alleged financial irregularities.