A city-based advocate on Monday made a plea before a Division Bench of the Karnataka High Court seeking its suo motu intervention in the ongoing strike by doctors and other medical staff.

Vasudev made a plea before the Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice K. Sreedhar Rao and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer. The plea said that poor people have been affected in various government hospitals due to the strike while placing before the Bench the copies of reports published in various newspapers.

The court has now treated the plea a suo motu Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition and it has been listed for hearing on Tuesday.

And, a Division Bench of the Karnataka High Court on Monday extended till March 5 the stay on hanging of Saibanna Ningappa Natikar as the Union government sought more time to file its objections on his plea for commuting death sentence to life imprisonment.

This is the second time that the High Court has extended the stay on execution after granting stay on execution through its January 22 order.

Saibanna, in his petition has claimed that the delay of seven years and 8 months by the President in taking decision on his mercy petition made him suffer and hence he was entitled for his death sentence to be converted to life imprisonment. The President on January 4, 2013 had rejected his mercy petition submitted on April 29, 2005.

Notice

Justice K.N. Keshavanarayana on Monday ordered issue of notice to the prosecution on a petition filed by Surendra Babu, husband of film actor Hemashri. The trial court had on February 4 refused to release him on bail. He was arrested and chargesheeted for allegedly killing Hemashri, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances in October.