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BDA site allotments by Kumaraswamy challenged

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BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court has posted to January 6, 2011 a public interest litigation (PIL) petition by a city-based advocate S. Vasudeva challenging the grant of 250 sites under ‘G' category by the then Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

In his petition, Mr. Vasudeva said Mr. Kumaraswamy had flouted rules by directing the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to allot house sites in Bangalore to MLAs, MLCs, MPs, Ministers and others.

He said Mr. Kumaraswamy was heading the JD(S)-BJP coalition Government when he made the allotments. He urged the court to take note of the alleged illegal allotments and cancel them.

When the case came up, Mr. Vasudeva urged the court to take it up as it was a big scandal involving bigwigs. A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice A.S. Bopaanna posted the case to January 6, 2011.

Bail plea rejected

The High Court has rejected the bail applications of two residents of Bylanarasapura village near Nandagudi in Hoskote taluk.

The two are accused by the Dibbanahalli police of directly being responsible in the May 8, 2010 hooch tragedy in which six persons died and 40 hospitalised.

According to the prosecution, Imtiaz and Aftab Baig, both of Bylanarasapura, were engaged in the manufacture and sale of illicit liquor. The prosecution contended that on May 8, when Nandagudi Gram Panchayat elections were in progress, they and others were involved in the trade sold hooch to voters of the area.

Six people died and 40 were hospitalised and the Diddabanahalli police had made the arrests.

The prosecution opposed bail, saying that the accused are directly involved in the hooch tragedy and a Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report said the hooch contained lethal quantities of methanol, which had led to the deaths.

Justice N. Ananda rejected the two bail applications while those of others are slated to come up next week.

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