The Karnataka High Court on Thursday directed the Chief Secretary to appear before it in person next week.

Justice D.V. Shylendra Kumar passed the order on a petition by Venaraj who had challenged the failure of the authorities to enter his name in the land register.

The Government had stated that the land is ‘gomal' land and that it had been illegally encroached upon. It had submitted that the Government had formed a land bank where details of land repossessed by it would be available. When the case had come up on January 27, 2011, the judge had asked the Government to furnish details about the factual position of the bank. When the details were not forthcoming, the judge asked the Chief Secretary to be present in person at the next date of hearing and inform the court about the factual position of the land bank.

Pending payments

A Division Bench comprising Justice K.L. Manjunath and Justice H.G. Ramesh gave a direction to the Chief Secretary who was present in the court to furnish details regarding the non-payment of money to the contractors who had completed repair and renovation of government hospitals.

Petitions

The Bench passed the order on petitions by some contractors challenging the non-payment of money even after they had completed works.

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