The High Court questioned what was the need of the State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) if it failed to do its assigned role.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna observed that the KSPCB was not doing its duty.
“There is a provision in the law that if any government institution is not working properly, it can be closed down,” they added.
They were hearing a PIL filed by the Malleswaram Residents Welfare Association, seeking action against the authorities for allowing demolition of a building sanctioned for free by the then Maharaja of Mysore, to practice Vedanta, but which was now being used comercially.
The building was allowed to be demolished and a new building came up in its place for commercial activities, the petitioners alleged.
The petitioners have alleged the KSPCB, BBMP and others allowed the place to be taken over for commercial activities due to which residents were facing difficulties like pollution, traffic jams and parking problems among a host of other issues.
NMDC Scam: Bail Pleas Dismissed
The High Court on Friday dismissed the bail pleas of the CEO and managing director of Deccan Mining Syndicate Private Limited (DMSPL) in connection with an illegal mining case.
Justice R B Budihal rejected the bail petitions of DMSPL CEO Ritesh Milap Chand Jain and MD Rajendra Kumar Jain following a submission by the CBI counsel that the case was still under investigation. The CBI counsel argued there were chances of the accused tampering with evidence and influencing witnesses and sought that bail not be granted to them.
The CBI has charged the two DMSPL executives with criminal conspiracy, theft and criminal trespass along with offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The firm allegedly carried out illegal mining of iron ore in mining licence No 2525, which falls within the lease area allotted to National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) in mining licence No 1111. The company was allowed to undertake mining after altering and making modifications in the sketch of the lease area of NMDC.
Bill to Conserve Arkavathi
Bangalore: The State Government has submitted before the High Court on Friday that it is planning to bring a Karnataka Arkavathi & Kumudavathi Basin Conservation and Development Bill, to safeguard the river and surrounding areas. Additional Advocate General H Kantharaja, while submitting a status report in connection with a PIL seeking to preserve the river catchment area, stated the notice has been issued to all the illegal encroachers, to move out of the T G Halli reservoir.
Justice A N Venugopala Gowda observed while hearing the case that the court is hoping that the Bill will be made as an Act to preserve the river catchment area, and directed the Committee formed by the High Court to monitor the river catchment area, to visit T G Halli once every 15 days, and submit a status report to the court.
He adjourned the case till April 11.