The Vacation Division Bench of Karnataka High Court on Wednesday stayed the circular issued by the State government banning registration of gramathana sites in Bangalore City, Bangalore Urban and Ramanagaram districts.

In their public interest litigation, petitioners H. Hemanth Kumar and others had challenged the April 3, 2012 circular issued by the government directing District Registrars and Sub-Registrars not to register any gramathana sites in these three districts.

The petitioners have claimed that restricting such a circular to three districts smacks non-application of mind and a selective action apparently passed for “extraneous considerations.”

It has been pointed out in the petition that thousands of the people would be affected from this circular as they would not be able to sell sites for various purposes including marriages, clear debts, etc in the gramathana areas.

It has been contended in the petition that the circular violates the provisions of the Registration Act, the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, and Transfer of Properties Act.

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