Contempt plea against Kageri

Application to impart education in English was not considered

Complainant M S Khan contended that the Department of Primary Education had refused to comply with the Court order to consider the application to impart education in English medium.

The application, he said, was supposed to be cleared within a period of three weeks, as per the law. Besides, the department failed to file an affidavit before the Court, as per its directions on the behest of the minister, he submitted. The complainant said that his application seeking permission to impart education in English was returned twice by the Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI) without any orders, as the minister had directed the department to not file any affidavit before the Court.

He pointed out that the minister and the education department had no regards for the Court order and has sought to initiate contempt proceedings against them.

Halt illegal construction

The High Court on Tuesday orally instructed the State government to stop any illegal construction obstructing historical monuments in Mysore.

The Court was hearing a PIL by M Lakshman and others, who had sought to quash the resolution by Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) to construct a commercial complex near some of the historical monuments.

Petitioners submitted that construction near K R Circle in Mysore is adjoining the Jaganmohan Palace and other historical monuments in the City.

Construction of a commercial complex is planned on 4.19 acres at a cost of Rs 228 crores by Maverick Holdings Pvt Limited. Petitioners said that the construction is illegal and thereby sought to quash the resolution dated September 30, 2005.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice P D Dinakaran and Justice V G Sabhahit has orally directed the government to furnish relevant information and stop the construction at the earliest.

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