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Directive to Revenue Dept. over petition against society

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, FEB. 14. The Karnataka High Court on Monday directed the Revenue Department and the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to file statements on the status of land at Halagevaderahalli near Rajarajeshwarinagar 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 Sri Rajeshwarinagar Prajashakti Samithi, a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

In its petition, the samithi alleged that Ideal Homes House Building Society had encroached upon 17 acres and 13 guntas of government land at Halagevaderahalli. It said the society had parcelled the land and was in the process of allotting sites.

The samithi urged the court to stay the allotment of sites by the society on survey No. 52. It also sought a direction to the Bangalore Development Authority not to approve the layout.

The Bench was dissatisfied by the counter filed by the Government and directed the Revenue Secretary and the Bangalore Development Authority Commissioner to file within the next date of hearing a counter on the status of land.

Adjourned

The Division Bench asked the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) and other respondents to file a counter to a public interest litigation (PIL) petition by K.N. Subba Reddy.

The petitioner had moved the court against the BMP's action in developing a private park. The petitioner claimed that the then Mayor, K. Chandrashekar, and the BMP officials had not examined the land records and unilaterally developed the Hari Hara Gudda Park in Hanumathnagar though it belonged to the Gosai Mutt. He said the mutt had symbolically taken possession of the park by putting up a signboard claiming ownership.

He said the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike and the then Mayor had deliberately wasted crores of rupees by developing a private park. The Bench adjourned further hearing on the case. In another case, the Bench directed the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP), the State Government and other respondents to file their statements on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition by K.N. Subba Reddy.

The petitioner claimed that the Basavanagudi MLA, K. Chandrashekar, and the Rajajinagar MLA, Narendra Babu, had not resigned as corporators even after they were elected to the legislative Assembly.

Mr. Reddy said by holding two elected posts, Mr. Chandrashekar and Mr. Babu had violated the provisions of Section 31(2) of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (KMC) Act.

He urged the court to direct the authorities to ensure that the two respondents resigned from one of the seats.

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