HC stays order on Ejipura flats

The Division Bench headed by Chief Justice K S Khehar, while hearing an appeal by Aakruthi City Limited (ACL), a Mumbai-based relator company, directed that there would be no construction activity on the EWS quarters until further orders.

The appellant had claimed that the single judge while deciding the matter had not considered that it was the only eligible bidder and that the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike colluded with the respondents, altered the bid criteria favouring the latter. It had also pointed out that the MHI bid was beyond the scheduled time and did not meet financial eligibility criteria.

Fine imposed

The ACL had challenged the award of contract to MHI and the single judge had dismissed the petition on September 21. The court had also slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on the ACL for making unsubstantiated contentions.

Dismissing the petition, Justice Ram Mohan Reddy had observed that 1,650 people were homeless as demolition was carried out about five years ago. It had also  directed the BBMP to commence construction immediately and put the displaced families in possession of the flats at the earliest.

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