The Karnataka High Court on Thursday ordered interim stay on allotment of about 700 Ashraya house sites in three villages of Bangalore North taluk on a batch of writ petitions filed by Munirathnamma and 11 others from the villages of Seethakuppanahalli, Kendaghethanalli and Shivakote.

Justice Ram Mohan Reddy, who ordered the interim stay on a petition, also directed the issue of notices to the government and others.

Do not own houses

The petitioners contended that they have been the residents of the respective villages for many years and do not have their own house. The Shivakote gram panchayat had prepared a list of about 700 beneficiaries for Ashraya house sites and the same was approved by the district authorities.

‘Gram sabha not held’

The Shivakote gram panchayat, the petitioners alleged, did not hold mandatory gram sabha to select the beneficiaries and instead finalised the list in the gram panchayat meetings in 2011. Many of the beneficiaries are not even the residents of the villages concerned, they said.

They sought directions of the court to the government to quash the lists prepared by the gram panchayat and prepare a fresh list after holding grama sabha.