HC seeks details of SC, STs in BBMP wards

The Court further instructed the State government to clarify Clause 5 and 6 of the BBMP guidelines, about reservation of wards for various categories. “We will interpret the guidelines based on the submission,” Justice H N Nagamohan Das observed.  BBMP, in its affidavit on Wednesday, had stated that Urban Development Department was responsible for the formation of wards and reservations and all the ward-wise statistics was with them.
Rejecting the government advocate M C Nagashree’s plea for more time to submit the affidavit, Justice H N Nagamohan Das said it was not possible to delay as October 23 was the date fixed by the division bench to announce a schedule for the elections. “From 2006, we have delayed this. There is no justification for further postponement,” he said.

Location to be shifted

The BBMP on Wednesday informed the High Court that it has decided to shift the location of late actor Rajkumar’s idol on J C Road. Advocate B V Puttegowda had filed a PIL, asking the idol to be installed next to Kittur Chennamma’s statue near Town Hall, as the present location would block the view of Kittur Chennamma’s idol.

BBMP’s counsel told the Court that it had already sought the consent of the State government to change the location and once the consent was given, the Palike would look for appropriate place to install it.

The petitioners had contended that the BBMP had disregarded its earlier decision to install the statue in the park next to Kittur Chenamma’s statue and chose a place that would block Chenamma statue’s view. In view of government’s submission, the division bench comprising Chief Justice P D Dinakaran and Justice Mohan Shantanagoudar has asked the
BBMP to proceed on it and disposed the matter.

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