The Karnataka High Court on Monday reserved its order on a batch of public interest litigation (PIL) petitions about stray dog menace.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna reserved the verdict after completion of hearing.

Meanwhile, the Bench dismissed an appeal filed by the Lokayukta challenging an order passed by a single judge bench quashing the Lokayukta’s report on the stray dog menace.

The then Lokayukta, N. Venkatachala, had, in his March 6 2003 report, asked the erstwhile Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) to perform its obligatory duty of eliminating stray and ownerless dogs in Bangalore.

Adverse remarks

Certain adverse remarks were also made against Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA), an NGO, by the Lokayukta in the report.

However, the single judge had, in 2006 set aside these remarks, and the Lokayukta had, in 2007, filed an appeal against this order, which the Division Bench on Monday refused to interfere with.