The Karnataka High Court on Friday directed the State government to preserve the documents related to the land and buildings to all local bodies and digitise them through scanning and indexing on the lines of revenue records.

Justice Huluvadi G. Ramesh issued the direction in this regard to V. Ponnuraj, Commissioner for Survey Settlement, to initiate necessary action after placing the matter before the State government.

The court said that that maintenance of comprehensive records, and rebuilding of records that were destroyed due to fire or mischief of the personnel or the department, would help the authorities to take timely action for augmenting the income of the respective local bodies by putting these properties for better use.

Yogeshwar’s cases

The High Court on Friday transferred four of the five criminal cases of forgery, cheating, etc., against the former Forest Minister C.P. Yogeshwar related to the dealings of his company Megacity (Bangalore) Developers and Builders Ltd. (MDBL) to a single court as these cases were fragmented in two courts. Now all cases registered under different sections of the Indian Penal Code would be transferred to the 1st Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court from the 4th ACMM court.