Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday came to the rescue of people with disabilities manning telephone booths at all bus stands in Bangalore city by directing the transport authorities not to disturb them.

The petitioners had come to the court saying that the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) were contemplating their removal. They said the phone booth was their only means of survival and appealed for relief to the High Court.

When the matter came up, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph and Justice S. Abdul Nazir, in an interim order, directed the KSRTC and BMTC authorities not to remove the people with disabilities who were operating the phone booths at Subashnagar, Shivajinagar and Shantinagar BMTC bus stands and also the KSRTC bus stand at Majestic.

Reservation of posts

The State Government is all set to file before the Karnataka High Court a revised list of reservation of posts to urban local bodies in the State.

The court had permitted the State Government time to redo the reservation of posts to 207 local bodies, excluding Bangalore, after the State said it had received a large number of complaints about the issue.

The State had then asked the court to permit it to redo the list. The State Election Commission (SEC) had opposed any extension of time, saying that the election process had already been set into motion and courts could not halt them.

An appeal by the SEC against an order of a single judge granting time to the State to redo the reservation of posts is being heard by a Division Bench headed by Justice K. Sreedhar Rao and Justice L. Narayanaswamy. The revised list relating to reservation of posts is also slated to come up for hearing before the same Bench.

Notice

The Karnataka High Court on Monday ordered issue of notices to the State Government and Forest Minister C. Chennigappa on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition by a resident of Bangalore.

The resident, N. Rajanna, who said he was a journalist, said there are irregularities in the purchase of land for the orphanage the Minister had built near the villages of Byranayakanahalli and Kammasandra over 26 acres in Nelamangala taluk.

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