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High courtround-up They wanted the authorities to be restrained from demolishing the structures

Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday rejected a petition that sought to restrain the authorities from demolishing structures that had come up in a green belt in Yelahanka, near Bangalore.

Sending a strong signal to all those persons who have put up constructions in the green belt, the court observed that if the constructions were illegal, they would have to go.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph and Justice N. Kumar made these observations while rejecting a petition that sought a direction to restrain officials from demolishing structures in the green belt. The Muneshwara Layout Residents Welfare Association, Yelahanka, had challenged the order of the tahsildar on May 16, 2006 in which revenue inspectors were directed to demolish all buildings that had come up in the green belt. The tahsildar had also stated that those officials refusing to act would be subject to disciplinary proceedings. The petitioners stated that they lived in the Atur Layout which had over 1,500 sites.

The tahsildar's order also stated that the buildings in Kogilu, Vaderahalli, Doddabettadahalli and Chikkabettadahalli areas, which come under the green belt, should also be demolished.

The petitioners pleaded before the court that they had paid the betterment charges and that they had invested money for the construction of buildings. They further stated that the action of the tahsildar would violate their fundamental rights and liberty as enshrined in the Constitution.

The Bench, while rejecting the petition, said that the authorities shall verify whether the buildings were constructed legally. Further, the authorities were also directed to verify whether the buildings were part of a layout formed legally. If it was found to have violated norms, the authorities would have to carry out the order of the tahsildar, it said.

Dismissed

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday dismissed as withdrawn a bail petition by Rehan Baig, an accused in the multi-crore stamp paper racket and brother of the former Minister Roshan Baig.

Justice Ajith Gunjal dismissed the petition while permitting Baig to withdraw the petition.

CBI counsel V.M. Sheelvant, while opposing the plea, told the court that a bail plea was filed in 2004 by Baig before the Karnataka High Court, which was pending. However, after filing of the additional report Baig moved the Special Court at Parapanna Agrahara seeking bail on June 12. When this was brought to the notice of the court, Baig's counsel opted to withdraw the bail plea and exercise his right before the Special Court.

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