HC drops contempt proceedings against BDA

The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday dropped contempt proceedings against Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) after its commissioner filed an affidavit tendering apology for the delay in complying with the directions of the Court.

The High Court on August 25, 2012, had directed the Authority to constitute a committee within four weeks to scrutinise allotment of ‘G’ category sites and provide the panel with required infrastructure. It had also directed the BDA to place applications pertaining to allotment of sites before the panel.

Vasudeva, a city-based advocate had filed a contempt petition charging the Authority with ‘deliberately and intentionally’ delaying the process of forming the committee.

On Tuesday, BDA Commissioner T Sham Bhat appeared before the Court and submitted an affidavit tendering apology. He stated that the BDA had already handed over 314 files pertaining to allotment of ‘G’ category sites to the secretary of the committee.

The Division Bench comprising Justices D V Shylendra Kumar and B Manohar accepted the apology tendered and dropped the contempt proceedings against the State government and the BDA.

Hookah bars

The High Court on Wednesday directed the petitioners to furnish details pertaining to hookah bars in the City to the Police department and thereafter seek action against them.

The division bench comprising acting Chief Justice K Sreedhar Rao and Justice B V Nagarathna issued the directions while hearing a petition seeking action against hookah bars.

The petitioners also submitted that the police raids on hookah bars in the City was a conspiracy hatched by the media and the police and said, “the media had prior information about the raid and was present there on time when the raids took place. This means that it was fully aware of the facts.”

The petitioners also said that all the television channels had violated the rule that faces of the minors arrested during the raids should not be telecast.
The bench directed the petitioners not to make allegations against the media and suggested that the petitioners can lodge a complaint with National Broadcasting Authority, if they have any complaints against media.

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