High Court directs State government to file status report on illegal stone quarrying

The Karnataka High Court on Monday asked the State government to file a status report on the complaint that stone quarrying activities are going on on a portion of land, which was handed over to a private firm for the purpose of Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project.

The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna passed the order on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the Karnataka SC/ST, Minorities, and Backward Classes Federation and others.

It has been alleged in the petition that the government had cancelled licences given for quarrying at land bearing survey number 39 of the Gollahalli near Uttarahalli, Bangalore in 2009 as the land was handed over to Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE), which is executing the BMIC project. The petition also pointed out that the High Court in 2010 upheld cancellation of these quarrying licences given to individuals.

However, the petitioners alleged that they had noticed continuation of quarrying activities on that land even now. They also alleged that a stone-crushing unit is also operating unauthorisedly on a nearby land.

During the hearing, the Bench observed: “People are getting killed all over the country in instances of illegal quarrying. Do you want that to happen in Karnataka? Even in Karnataka, are they holding the government to ransom? Illegal quarrying must be stopped. Let us not wait for some more people to be killed. You have to stop it. If you (the government) say you can't do, then you are hand in glove with them.”

The Bench adjourned further hearing to March 26 while asking the petitioners to make NICE as a respondent in the petition.


The High Court on Monday dismissed the petition filed by S.N. Krishnaiah Setty, BJP MLA from Malur, and the former Minister and the present Chairperson of the Muzrai Development Board, challenging the First Information Report (FIR) filed against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2008 in a bank fraud case.

Justice N. Ananda passed the order as the petition had become infructuous as the CBI has recently filed charge sheet against him in the case after getting permission from the High Court. However, the High Court granted him liberty to challenge the charge sheet.

The CBI chargesheeted him alleging that Mr. Setty (through his firm M/s Balaji Kripa Enterprises), along with M.T.V. Reddy, the then Chief Manager of Specialised Personal Branch of SBM, and others, obtained crores of rupees as housing loans through bogus documents.

The CBI probe revealed that the accused had got 263 loans to the tune of Rs.15.61 crore sanctioned for himself by submitting fake documents in the names of employees of BMTC, KSRTC, BSNL, ITI, HAL. It was also alleged that the sites, shown for availing housing loans, were government land, and the loan amount was released to Mr. Setty's bank account.

The land in question is in Gollahalli near Uttarahalli in Bangalore

It is alleged that a stone-crushing unit is also operating unauthorisedly nearby