Toll hike: HC issues notices to NHAI, Navayuga

Toll hike: HC issues notices to NHAI, Navayuga

The vacation bench of the High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday ordered issuance of notice to the State, Union governments and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in a PIL questioning the concession agreement with Navayuga Engineering Company Limited.

The petitioner contended that though the contract was awarded to Navayuga Engineering Company Limited, the agreement was signed with Navayuga Devanahalli Tollway Private Limited. 

The petitioner, G R Mohan, an advocate, sought to know the propriety of entrusting toll collection to Navayuga-Devanahalli Tollway Private Limited which had never participated in the bid.

The petitioner said that the private limited company is not accountable to the public and not strictly monitored by the Registrar of Companies under the Companies Act.

The petitioner further contended that there were doubts whether the NHAI could allow such violations. He has said that since toll is a matter of public money collection, the CBI has to investigate the agreement between NHAI and Navayuga Devanahalli Tollway Private Limited.

The petitioner has sought directions from the court to restrain Navayuga Devanahalli Tollway Private Limited and Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd from collecting any toll from the local user for non-commercial purpose who commute between Hebbal and Devanahalli and vice versa and also from the private vehicle users en route to Kempegowda International Airport. Justices N Kumar and K N Phaneendra ordered notices.

Commissioner summoned

The High Court on Tuesday summoned the City Police Commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar while hearing habeas corpus petitions. Justices N Kumar and K N Phaneendra questioned the commissioner on the delay in tracing two minor girls who had gone missing.

In one petition, V Dharma, the father of a minor girl had filed a complaint in Sriramapura police station about his daughter who had gone missing since May 5. In an other petition, Shafi had lodged a complaint about his daughter who had gone missing since March 15.
During the hearing, Auradkar submitted to the court that in the latter case, the police were not able to identify the location as the girl was being shifted from one place to other frequently.

He said that the minor girls will be presented to the court in the next hearing.

The bench observed that Karnataka police were one of the best forces in the country and that they had faith in them. The matter was adjourned to Thursday.

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