The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday suggested to the State Government to explore the possibility of constructing an underground and mechanised parking complex for Legislators' Home.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice A.S. Bopanna made this suggestion orally when the application filed by the State Government seeking court's permission to build a car parking facility near the Legislators' Home came up for hearing.

Construction activities in Cubbon Park area cannot be taken up withoutthe permission of the High Court.

While putting forward the suggestion, the Bench said that the State Government should make use of available technology so that space is saved. Underground-mechanised parking facility can be a better option, the court pointed out.

Facilities

The State Government on Wednesday informed the High Court of the stepstaken by it to provide infrastructure to the judiciary in the State.

In an affidavit, Secretary of the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms said that a Government Order was issued on March 5 to hand over bungalows under construction in the area belonging to Agro Industries Corporation Limited at Hebbal in Bangalore (which were originally proposed for residential quarters for Ministers) for allotment of residential quarters for judges of the Karnataka High Court. It has been stated in the affidavit that Rs. 75 crore has been earmarked in the budget for various works being taken up by the PublicWorks Department for the judiciary.

The Government informed the court that a parking place for the High Court building is planned by the side of the old KGID building and that it required amendments to the Karnataka Government Parks (Preservation) Act 1973.

It said that the Cabinet recently approved the amendments and they will be soon placed in the Legislature for approval.

Protection

The High Court on Wednesday directed Government counsel to seek instruction from the authorities regarding an application filed by Hussein Mueen Farooq, on whose complaint MLA Y. Sampangi was caught by the Lokayukta police while allegedly accepting a bribe. Mr. Farooq has sought directions to provide the promised security to him. Justice B.S. Patil adjourned further hearing to March 14 while allowing respondents to file objections, if any, to the application.

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