BANGALORE: The state government and former DG and IGP Shankar Mahadev Bidari filed review petitions in the High Court on Wednesday on the latter’s appointment as state police chief.
A division bench comprising Justices Bhaktavatsala and Arvind Kumar referred the petition to Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and adjourned it for further hearing.
The Supreme Court on March 25 had set aside a High Court order on Bidari’s removal, adding that the state was, however, free to appoint anyone of its choice as the DGP. Bidari is due to retire on May 31.
The apex court further stated that the court should decide on the matter before May 31 - when Bidari and Infant are due to retire from service.
Stay Ordered in Ramesh Kumar Case
The High Court on Wednesday ordered three weeks’ stay to the acqusition of 64.23 acres of land on a petition alleging former Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar of encroaching forest land in Jangalagunte forest area in Rayalpadu hobli, Srinivaspur taluk, in Kolar. During hearing, the petitioner questioned the notice issued by the Kolar Deputy Conservator of Forests and added that 50 years ago, the government sanctioned the land to farmers, which was later purchased from them.
He also added that there was no encroachment done on any portion of forest land there.
Justice Bhaktavatsala stayed the land acquisition and adjourned further hearing on the case till May 22.
Notices to Lokayukta, State on HDK Plea The High Court on Wednesday ordered issuance of notice to the state government, Lokayukta and complainant on a petition filed by former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy relating to a private complaint against him.
The petitioner, Mahadevaswamy in a interim prayer sought exemption from personal appearance in the case on May 30.
The main petition was adjourned till May 21. The anticipatory bail petitions of the third and fourth accused in the case, Dr Ravi Prakash and Sriram, was disposed of.
Sampangi Case Adjourned The Lokayukta Special Court on Wednesday adjourned a case against KGF MLA Y Sampangi, who was caught taking a bribe red-handed, till May 21.State Told to Announce PGCET Seat Matrixhe High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to announce the seat matrix for the PGCET in three days and publish a related list on a petition filed by physically challenged doctors demanding three per cent reservation in seat allotment to postgraduate medical courses conducted by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences.
The petitioners stated that the state had announced a separate seat matrix reserving PG seats for doctors with locomotor disability ranging from 50 to 70 per cent.
However, the seats are offered only in courses that aren’t much sought after.
They sought direction to direct the government to provide three per cent horizontal reservation to physically challenged doctors in pre-clinical, para-clinical and clinical courses.
Jaya Case: Court Pulls up Sasikala
A Special Court hearing the disproportionate assets case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday pulled up her aide and second accused Sasikala Natarajan for pointing fingers at others during her deposition.
Judge B M Mallikarjunaiah adjourned further recording of Sasikala’s statements till May 17 and blamed her for dragging the name of DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan, on whose plea the case was transferred to Bangalore by the Supreme Court. “Instead of pointing fingers at others, which are unnecessary under section 313 of CrPC, you can make written submissions,” the judge said.