The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday ordered issue of notice to the Chief Secretary on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition complaining that the State Government had not provided adequate infrastructure and staff to the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC).

A Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice A.S. Bopanna passed the order on a petition filed by South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM), a non-governmental organisation.

The petitioner pointed out that effective functioning of the KSHRC had been hindered due to hostility of the State towards fulfilling the requirement of the commission. The petitioner pointed out that as against the total staff of 491 sought by the commission, the State Government had sanctioned only 105. The sanctioned posts were not filled by the commission for want of space; and only 77 employees (52 on contract basis and 25 on deputation) are working in the commission, the petitioner claimed.

The proposal to open wings of the KSHRC in six police ranges in the State had been kept in cold storage, the petitioner pointed out while claiming that though Rs. 7 crore was allocated for the commission in the previous budget, only Rs. 2.25 crore had been sanctioned till date. The petitioner sought directions to the State Government to provide adequate staff and infrastructure among other facilities for protection of human rights.

Kumaraswamy's plea

The High Court on Wednesday adjourned to next week the petition filed by the former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and his wife, Anita Kumaraswamy, questioning the complaint of corruption and summons issued by the Special Lokayukta Court after taking cognisance of the alleged offence.

He is accused of corruption in showing favour in making bulk allotment to Vishwabharati House Building Society and granting permission to lift mined iron ore to Janthakal Enterprises.

Justice V. Jagannathan, before whom the matter came up for hearing, also directed for clubbing of this petition along with another petition challenging Special Lokayukta Court's decision not to proceed against the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and some of his other family members in the same case in which it took cognisance against Mr. Kumaraswamy.

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