The Karnataka High Court will hear on May 24 an application to vacate the stay order on the Special Lokayukta court's direction to the Lokayukta police to probe into allegations against Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and others.

Vacation Judge Justice B. Manohar posted the application by Sirajin Basha who has filed complaints against the Chief Minister and his family members. While Mr. Basha's counsel C.H. Hanumantharaya prayed to the court to post the application for hearing on May 19, counsel for R.N. Sonhan Kumar, Mr. Yeddyurappa's son-in-law, told the court that Mr. Sohan Kumar's senior counsel was not in station and that the case be posted to May 24. The court obliged counsel for Mr. Sohan Kumar.

Tender notification

The High Court on Tuesday ordered issue of notice to the State Government on an appeal filed by a private company challenging the cancellation of tender notification for issuing High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) for motor vehicles and the April 18 order of the single judge referring the dispute to an alternative dispute resolution.

A Vacation Division Bench comprising Justice K. Bhakthavatsala and Justice B. Manohar passed the order on a writ appeal filed by Shimnit Utsch India Private Limited. The State Government had, on August 29, 2005, invited tenders for issuing high security registration plates and awarded the contract to the petitioner-company on June 30, 2006. However, the Government cancelled the notification saying that it was not approved by the State Cabinet in accordance with the Karnataka Government (Transaction of Business) Rules as the tender amount exceeded Rs. 5 crore.

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