Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Two residents of Shivanasamudra on Thursday petitioned the Karnataka High Court against the proposed acquisition of their lands by the Government for setting up a power plant.

The petitioners, Syed Hazrath Peer and Syed Hazadullah, both of Shivanasamudra Sathegal Post, Kollegal in Chamarajnagar district, challenged the proposal to acquire the lands belonging to the dargah.

They said the Dargah of Hazrath Mardane Ghaib at Shivanasamudra was earlier known as Peer Ghaib’s Math.

It was established in 1860 by Akal-Sha Khadri and the properties were given to it by the then Maharaja of Mysore, the petitioner said. They said the Government, without following the due course of law and the procedures laid down in the Land Acquisition Act, had proposed to take over their land for setting up a two MW mini-hydel power plant.

Subsequently, the capacity of the plant was enhanced to 24 MW. They alleged that the Karnataka Wakf Board, had during proceedings held on March 13, 2006, leased the land to the private power company. They urged the court to stay the proceedings.

Justice K. Bhatktavatsala adjourned hearing on the petition to June 26.

Fishing in KRS

Justice N. Kumar on Thursday stayed for eight weeks a notification by the State Government granting fishing rights in the Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) reservoir to the Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation (KFDC), Mangalore.

The Judge ordered issue of notices to the State Government, KFDC and other respondents and adjourned further hearing on the case.

The petitioners, Fisheries Cooperative Society of Hampapura in K.R. Nagar and Meenakshipura Mahila Fisheries Cooperative Society said they were granted fishing rights in K.R. Sagar after obtaining licences. They said on December 18, 2007 the Government unilaterally granted fishing rights to the corporation. They urged the court to quash the notification.

Viniv Inc’s plea dismissed

Justice N. Kumar on Thursday dismissed as withdrawn a petition by K.N. Sreenivasa Shastry questioning the action of the tahsildar of Bangalore south in issuing a notification for auctioning a building belonging to him at Gajendra Nagar in Bangalore.

Shastry, who was one of the promoters of Viniv Inc, said the tahsildar had said that the building was being auctioned on May 17 as he owed various government departments Rs. 6,43,576.

The petitioner said he had not been served notice of the auction.

He had not been given an opportunity to be heard. He had urged the court to stay the auction.

When the matter came up, Shastry sought the permission of the court to withdraw the petition. Justice Kumar dismissed the petition as withdrawn.