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File counter-affidavit on status of hospitals, Govt. told

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, JAN. 27. The Karnataka High Court on Thursday directed the State Government to file a counter-affidavit within two days on the status of government hospitals in Bangalore.

A Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice, Nauvdip Kumar Sodhi, and Justice B. Padmaraj passed the order on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition by S. Vasudeva, advocate, who had sought a direction to the authorities concerned to take disciplinary action against junior doctors (interns) who went on strike in December 1999 seeking higher stipend.

The petitioner said the strike had affected work in government hospitals and put patients to hardship. There were several Supreme Court rulings banning such strikes. The Bench observed that it was unfortunate that the health authorities had not responded to the advocate's request to file a counter-affidavit. It said junior doctors could not go on strike and hold the people to ransom. If doctors went on strike, the Government could invoke the provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA). The Bench adjourned further hearing to February 1.

Adjourned

Justice Hulavadi G. Ramesh on Thursday adjourned a bail petition by P.N. Jayasimha, a former Principal of the Prison Training Institute, Mysore, and former Superintendent of the Central Jail, Parappana Agrahara. The petitioner was arrested by the Stamp Investigation Team (STAMPIT) on the charge of helping Abdul Karim Telgi, alias Lala, in conducting his business from the jail.

The STAMPIT had filed a case in the Madivala police station accusing Jayasimha and some other prison officials of helping Telgi when he was lodged in the jail. The First Information Report (FIR) stated that Jayasimha and others helped Telgi between July 27, 2002 and October 5, 2002. Jayasimha contended that the Special Judge, Manoli, had erred in not granting him bail. He appealed to the High Court against the Special Judge order.

Pleas against BDA

Justice Gopala Gowda adjourned the hearing on several petitions against the acquisition of land by Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) for the formation of Arkavathy Layout.

When the matter came up for hearing today, the BDA rebuffed the petitioners' contention that the acquisition violated Sections 17, 18 and 19 of the BDA Act as well as the Town and Country Planning Act. It cited Supreme Court decisions to support this contention.

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