Circuit Bench vacates stay on local body poll

As many as 13 petitions were filed arguing that the government had not followed the roster system and provisions of the Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act while determining the reservation matrix.

On December 3, a Division Bench headed by Justice Billappa granted interim stay on elections to five ZP and TP constituencies in Haveri district, and one ZP constituency each in Gadag and Koppal.

The advocate for the petitioners had contended that the reservation for women exceeded 50 per cent in Koppal ZP and 61 per cent in Kushtagi.

Justice Billappa noted that it was not fair to withhold elections at the present juncture and vacated the stay. The outcome of the election, will however, be subjected to final orders on the petitions, the order said. Meanwhile, the Circuit Bench at Gulbarga admitted a petition challenging reservation to Raichur Zilla Panchayat and ordered notice to the State Election Commission.

The president of Raichur Taluk Kurubara Sangha has filed the petition alleging that the backward classes have not  been given due representation in the reservation matrix. Justice Rammohan Reddy adjourned the hearing to Monday.

On maiden visit CJ slaps fine

Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 on a Tahsildar in connection with a contempt of court case here on Friday.

The Chief Justice, who visited the the HC Circuit Bench here for the first time, conducted the proceedings and fined Gangavathi Tahsildar for not following a court direction.

Earlier, addressing the advocates, the Chief Justice said an additional divisional bench would come up at the HC Circuit Bench here to dispose of cases fast and thereby reduce the pressure on the Circuit Bench. The new additional divisional bench would start functioning on January 3, he added.


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