Panel to monitor action on TG Halli encroachments in Bangalore
Dec 21, 2013
Source : The Times of India


BANGALORE: The Karnataka high court on December 18 constituted a seven-member special committee headed by V Umesh, additional chief secretary, to monitor action on encroachments in Zone-III of Tippagondanahalli reservoir (TGR) catchment area.

Justice AN Venugopala Gowda passed the order while hearing petitions challenging notices issued by the authorities to alleged encroachers.

MN Vidyashankar, additional chief secretary; principal secretaries TM Vijayabhaskar (rural development), PN Srinivasachari (urban development) and Basavaraj (revenue) and Ramachandra, secretary (ecology) will be panel members. SA Honnur, additional director, Town and Country Planning, BMICAPA, is the member -secretary.

The court asked the chairman to file a report at the next hearing on January 10.

Notice to Metro contractors

A division bench headed by Chief Justice DH Waghela on December 18 ordered notice to 13 major contractors of the Namma Metro project after a petitioner contended that even during the pendency of the PIL filed by him, various labour laws continued to be violated.

The court set January 20, 2014 as the next date of hearing on the PIL filed by a social activist complaining labour law violations and non-conducive working conditions at the worksites.

Water for Pavagada

The state government on December 18 filed an affidavit in the Karnataka high court, stating that tenders have been called for conducting a feasibility study to bring water from Tungabhadra river, 180 km away. The government said Pavagada taluk needs 2.5-3 tmcft water and if water is to be brought from the Tungabhadra, it’ll be a permanent solution to the fluoride-affected taluk near the Andhra Pradesh border.

Conviction upheld

Justice H N Nagamohan Das on December 18 upheld the conviction of three reporters associated with ‘Lankesh Patrike’, a Kannada weekly tabloid, for defaming retired IAS officer BA Harish Gowda. He confirmed the orders passed by 2{+n}{+d} ACMM court, Bangalore and also FTC-IV convicting Ravindra Reshme, Gangadhar Kushtagi and T K Thyagaraj.

The judge modified the sentence as regards to six months imprisonment awarded to Kushtagi and also the fine amount for all three.

Harish Gowda, then director, PU education board, filed a defamation complaint against the trio for writing false and defamatory reports against him in 1998.

Bail plea rejected

Justice HS Kempanna on Wednesday dismissed the bail petitions filed by Narendra Hittalamakki, former assistant conservator of forests, Ankola, and Chandrakanth G Nayaka, former range forest officer, Ankola.

They were arrested in a case involving illegal export of iron ore from Belekeri port. The judge noted that the evidence produced by the CBI is sufficient to hold their involvement in the case.

Hittalamakki is accused of allowing Greentech Mining India Ltd to illegally export iron ore to the tune of Rs.10.96 crore by allegedly accepting Rs 15 lakh as bribe. Nayak is accused of carrying out the illegal instructions given by Hittalamakki.

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