The Karnataka High Court on Friday ordered issue of notice to the State Government and the trustee of the Art of Living (AoL) International Centre, Sri Ravishankar's Ashram, in a public interest litigation petition alleging that AoL has raised constructions encroaching upon the water spread area of Udipalya tank on Kanakapura Road.

A Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice A.S. Bopanna passed the order on the petition filed by advocate N. Srirama Reddy. The petitioner had contended that the tank was constructed in the 1960s with an intention to provide irrigation facilities to farmers. The tank was constructed with a registered catchment area of 42.52 hectares and water spread area of 14.8 hectares. However, now the tank is spread over only 8 hectares, due to land grabbing, the petitioner alleged.

“AoL has encroached upon the tank and constructed structures and a compound wall on the left and the right sides of the canals, blocking the inflow of water,” the petitioner contended while seeking directions to the authorities to demolish the illegal structures .

Stay extended

In another case, the Bench extended the stay still December 9 against Justice Padmaraj Commission of Inquiry constituted by the State Government to probe into alleged irregularities in the allotment of land and de-notification of acquired land since 1996.

Janata Dal(S) leader Y.S.V. Datta had filed a petition challenging the constitution of the commission by the Government headed by then Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. The Government had constituted it following allegations of illegal de-notification of acquired land and allotment of land to his kin by Mr. Yeddyurappa. The court had stayed the functioning of the commission in January.

  • Udipalya tank was constructed in the 1960s
  • PIL alleges AoL has encroached upon it