Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the Karnataka State Judicial Department Employees House Building Society not to allot any site to any person until further orders.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph and Justice B.S. Patil passed the order on a petition by three judges and several others who had questioned “irregularities” in the allotment of sites by the society and its functioning.

The petitioners Kedambady Jagannath Shetty, G.P. Shivaprakash and M.P. Chinappa, all judges, and others had moved the court, saying that the society is allotting land to those who are not employees of the Judicial Department and to judges after enrolling them as associate members.

They alleged that the society was releasing to the owners part of the land it had acquired from them even after paying compensation. Besides, it was selling corner sites in violation of its building by-laws.

The Bench, in its interim order, directed the office-bearers of the society not to allot any site to any person until further orders and adjourned further hearing on the petition.

Adjourned

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph, and Justice B.S. Patil on Wednesday adjourned a public interest litigation (PIL) petition challenging the Outer Ring Road project from Magadi in Bangalore Rural district to Mysore and directed the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to place before the court a statement indicating to what extent the project has been completed, and the work remaining.

The Bench passed the order on a petition by G.R. Murali of N.R. Colony, Vadivelu of Yeshwanthpur and the Karnataka State Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Minority and Backward Classes Progressive Federation.

PIL admitted

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph and Justice B.S. Patil on Wednesday admitted a public interest litigation (PIL) petition by Adam Sait of Bangalore seeking a direction to the authorities to stop six bars and restaurants in Bangalore from operating discotheque.

Details sought

Justice H. Billappa on Wednesday asked Sreenivasa Shastry, prime accused in the Viniv Inc fraud case, to furnish details of the property he owned and he intended to sell to pay back the depositors. The court adjourned further hearing on the case.

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