KARNATAKA

Status quo on demolition of buildings in Kanakapura

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday ordered status quo on demolition of buildings on M.G. Road in Kanakapura.

Justice H.N. Nagmohan Das passed the order on petitions by R. Janaki and several others who had questioned the decision of the civic authorities in demolishing buildings on M.G. Road. The petitioners contended that the authorities had passed orders for demolishing 500 buildings on the pretext that the road had to be widened. They said that they had not been given an opportunity of hearing.

Emergent notice

A Division Bench comprising Justice Rammohan Reddy and Justice K.V. Keshavanarayana ordered issue of emergent notice to the State and other respondents on a petition by HSR Sector (1 to 7) Residents’ Welfare Association. The association had challenged the decision of the BDA to grant 7 acres of land in the area for formation of Judges’ Colony. The petitioners said there were 10,000 families in HSR Layout. The area had 14 schools. All families and schoolchildren were using the land in the area as a playground. However, they had now been deprived of the playground as the BDA and the Government had decided to give the land for construction of quarters for judges.

Upheld

A Division Bench comprising Justice V. Gopala Gowda and Justice Keshavanarayana on Tuesday upheld a Government decision to de-notify seven acres of land at Shivanahalli in Bangalore, which had earlier been granted to the UAS House Building Cooperative Society. The Government had decided to de-notify seven acres after it found that the society had not taken possession of it. The society moved the court stating that the land was being de-notified owing to external influence. The society pointed to the role of MP Jalappa stating that he had written to the Government about de-notification. The Bench said mere reference to Mr. Jalappa could not be a ground to say that there was external force on the Government to pass certain orders.

No power

A Division Bench comprising Justice V. Gopala Gowda and Justice K.V. Keshavanarayana on Tuesday held that the Registrar and Joint Registrar of Societies could not hold an inquiry under Section 64 of the Cooperatives Act to decide who were the bonafide office-bearers of a house building society.

The Bench passed the order on a dispute between two factions which claimed that they were the rightful office-bearers of the Shantinagar House Building Cooperative Society, Koramangala.

The Bench directed the Government to hold an inquiry against the official responsible for helping one of the factions in raising a dispute over the genuineness of the office-bearers. It said the sites and flats should be allotted only to those genuine members who were on the rolls of the society at the time of its registration and acquisition of land for the society by the BDA.

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