Court directive on minister's sites

The High Court on Monday disposed of a petition challenging the amalgamation of two BDA sites by Union Minister K H Muniyappa and directed the petitioner to approach the Justice B Padmaraj Commission which is probing into the ‘G’ category site allotments.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna issued the direction after hearing a petition by Nanjunda Reddy, who has moved the High Court challenging the allocation of ‘G’ category site and, amalgamation of sites. The petitioner stated that the minister has obtained the sites by furnishing false documents and statement stating that he has no property in the City and, has been constructing commercial structures in residential zone by amalgamating two sites allotted to him in Kathriguppe.

Mutt clarifies

The Sosale Vyasaraja Mutt has submitted to the High Court that reports appearing in a section of the media about the theft of 13 antique idols were far from truth. During the hearing of an appeal challenging the appointment of an administrator to the Mutt, the appellant submitted that the idols were in the safe custody of the pontiff Vidya Manohara Teertha.

The appellant submitted that the idols were normally taken out only during special poojas on auspicious occasions. The division bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna adjourned the matter. Sosale Mutt is under the scanner for misappropriation of funds. The government has appointed former additional chief secretary K Jairaj as the administrator to oversee the monetary affairs of the Mutt.

Hearing adjourned

The High Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of a petition by journalist Naveen Soorinje, seeking bail in connection with the attack on Morning Mist homestay at Padil in Dakshina Kannada district.

The petitioner, who has filed successive bail pleas, had submitted a DVD regarding the incident to the State as well as to State Public Prosecutor (SPP) Doreraj. The SPP said that the bench should view the clippings. The division bench headed by Justice K Sreedhar Rao adjourned the matter to
March 14.

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