Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday restrained the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) from putting up any further construction of peripheral road at survey No. 71 of Gottigere comprising the government tank area until further orders.

A Division Bench comprising Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Jawed Rahim passed the order on a contempt petition by H.V. Vijayraghavan, a resident of Bangalore.

The petitioner had sought contempt proceedings to be initiated against several IAS officers, including the Chief Secretary, and officials of NICE for allegedly violating court orders on the construction of a peripheral road as part of the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project.

Mr. Vijayaraghavan had initiated the contempt proceedings stating that NICE had violated several court orders relating to the alignment of the road at Gottigere lake.

Advocate-General Ashok Harnahalli appearing on behalf of the State and NICE had opposed the grant of any interim order. They said courts could not generally pass interim orders in a contempt petition. They denied violation of any court order and pointed out that the alignment was as per the design approved.

The Bench said it could pass interim orders in a contempt petition and asked the State Government to ensure that NICE complied with the court directions.