KARNATAKA

Raitha sangha plea admitted

BANGALORE, OCT. 11. The Karnataka High Court on Monday admitted a public interest litigation by the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) on the agitation by farmers of Hirebanagal village in Koppal district in June 2003 and police atrocities on them.

A Division Bench comprising Justice S.R. Nayak and Justice Manjula Challur ordered production of records by the Junior Magistrate First Class, Koppal, and adjourned further hearing of the petition.

The PIL had prayed for a direction to the State Government to take action against the respondents, particularly the police, by suspending them and preventing them from tampering with the records and evidence. It sought a judicial inquiry into the incidents.

In its petition, the KRRS said it had chalked out a programme against the harassment meted out to farmers by Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL).

During the agitation by farmers, the police had harassed them and assaulted people. The police had allegedly lathi-charged the people apart from causing damage to houses.

It said the district administration had arrested the farmers. Cases had been booked against them and they were produced before the JMFC, Koppal.

Employment

Justice R. Gururajan on Monday asked the Bijapur District Cooperative Bank to consider within eight weeks the application for employment under compassionate grounds by a daughter of an employee who had died while in service.

The petitioner, Manjula Bijapur, said she was doing her BA course when her father, who was employed in the bank, died. The petitioner said her husband too died and she was staying with her mother.

The petitioner applied to the bank for employment. The bank, however, rejected the application on the ground that she was married.

Justice Gururajan observed that "no woman could be denied entry into service on compassionate grounds just because she was married. There can be cases like the present one in which married women could be dependent on their parents on account of death of their husbands."

He asked the petitioner to file within four weeks an application for job and the bank to consider it within eight weeks.

Dismissed

Justice N. Kumar on Monday dismissed a petition challenging the appointment of eight district judges.

In their petition, R. Jagannatha and Hemasudha Reddy, said the eight judges were appointed by a notification on June 16, 1998. They alleged that the process of interview for the posts was not transparent.

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