Judge hearing cases against Yeddyurappa among them

C.B. Hippargi, Judge of the 23 {+r} {+d} Additional City Civil and Sessions Court and Special Court for Lokayukta Cases, Bangalore, was among the 174 judges transferred by the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday. Nangali Krishnarao Sudhindrarao is the new judge of the court which is hearing criminal cases against Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa and Home Minister R. Ashok.

As many as 50 civil judges, 49 senior civil judges, 22 ad-hoc district judges and presiding officers of fast track courts and 53 district judges are among those transferred.

The controversy over appointment of Director-General and Inspector General of Police reached the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday with Bangalore City Police Commissioner Shankar M. Bidari challenging the April 21 order of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) asking the State Government to send to the UPSC only the names of those officers who are working in the DGP rank in the pay scale of Rs. 75,500 - 80,000 for empanelling them for selection to top police chief's post.

The petition was moved before the vacation bench headed by Justice V. Jagannathan.

Bidari claimed that CAT had directed the State Government to finalise the names of those working in the DGP rank by May 1.

In view of the CAT's directions, only a few officers' names would be sent to the UPSC and names of six officers, including him, would not be sent.

He further claimed that to enable the UPSC to shortlist three names for final consideration by the State Government there should have been names of at least nine officers.

The CAT had passed the order on a petition filed by senior IPS officer D.V. Guruprasad, who challenged the January 20 communication sent by the UPSC to the State Government.