The Karnataka High Court on Monday adjourned till June hearing of two petitions filed by the former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa challenging the Governor's order of granting permission to prosecute him in the alleged corruption in denotification of land, and the order passed by the Single Judge Bench dismissing his plea for quashing summons issued by the Special Lokayukta Court in two land denotification cases.

A Division Bench comprising Justice D.V. Shylendra Kumar and Justice K. Govindarajulu adjourned to June 4 the hearing on the appeal filed by Mr. Yeddyurappa challenging the January 31 order of a Single Judge Bench, which refused to interfere in the summons issued to him by the Special Lokayukta Court in cases initiated on the complaints of Sirajin Basha.

Meanwhile, another Division Bench comprising Justice Ajit J. Gunjal and Justice B.V. Nagarathna adjourned to June 14 the hearing on petition challenging sanction granted by the Governor in January 2011 to Mr. Basha to prosecute Mr. Yeddyurappa.

Notice

The High Court on Monday ordered issue of notice to State and Central governments and the Mangalore Special Economic Zones Limited (MSEZ) on a public interest litigation petition alleging that MSEZ is dumping soil into Phalguni river near Mangalore in violation of environmental norms.

It has been alleged in the petition that debris is being dumped for laying road-cum-pipeline from the New Mangalore Port Trust to MSEZ, and this by reducing the width of the river which would cause floods.

However, the counsel for the MSEZ gave an undertaking to the Division Bench comprising Justice D.V. Shylendra Kumar and Justice K. Govindarajulu that that debris and soil dumped into the river would be removed soon after the work on laying pipeline was completed.

Stay on sand extraction

In yet another case, the Bench stayed the November 30, 2011 notification issued by the authorities permitting sand extraction on the banks of Bhima river at Challeri and Doddihalla in Yadgir district.

Petitioners Girish Mattannavar and others complained in their public interest litigation petition that the permission was granted to use mechanised equipment for sand extraction in violation of the law.