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Bureau of Mines official penalised

Staff Reporter

Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Friday imposed costs of Rs. 5,000 on the Controller of the Indian Bureau of Mines for not carrying out the survey of some mining areas as directed by the court in April 2009.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice V.G. Sabhahit passed the order while rejecting the application filed by the Bureau informing the court that it had certain constraints like lack of manpower to conduct the survey.

The court took serious exception to the application filed by the bureau when it was pointed out by counsel for the State Government that the bureau had conducted the survey of certain neighbouring mines in the same area. The court said the Controller will have to pay the cost from his pocket .

The Bench also directed the bureau to complete the survey in eight weeks. The petitions were related to certain issues pertaining to V.S. Lad and Sons and other companies.

Reddy to pay up

Meanwhile, the Bench also imposed a cost of Rs. 2,500 on Tourism Minister G. Janardhan Reddy and Health Minister B. Sriramulu. The cost was imposed for not filing a second set of petitions and for the absence of their advocates when the petitions filed by them challenging the Governor's order of referring the disqualification of the three Karnataka ministers to the Election Commission of India.

Quashed

The High Court on Friday quashed the appointment of an administrator to the Tumkur City Corporation.

Justice B.V. Nagarathna passed the order while allowing the petitions filed by elected members of the erstwhile Tumkur City Municipal Council, who had challenged the appointment of the administrator while contending that the Government should have held the elections to the corporation within six months of its creation as per the provisions of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act. Upholding their contention, the court set aside dissolution of the elected body while directing the Government to hold elections to the corporation before May 25.

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