Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday continued a stay it had granted earlier against a single judge order annulling the division of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) into smaller entities. A Division Bench comprising Justice S.R. Bannurmath and Justice A.N. Venugopal Gowda passed the order on appeals by the KSRTC and others against the order annulling the division.
On July 2, 2007, a single judge allowed petitions by workmen of KSRTC, represented by the KSRTC Staff and Workers Federation and its office-bearer, S. Nagaraj, and quashed Government notifications “dividing” the KSRTC into smaller corporations. The single judge had said that the consent of the Centre had not been obtained before the State decided to establish separate road transport corporations for Bangalore (BMTC), and three other corporations. The State Government, KSRTC, BMTC, and other corporations had filed an appeal against the single judge order and also sought a stay of the order.