Spl DCs have no revision powers, rules High Court

The High Court has held that special deputy commissioners have no revision powers and the authority vests only with the deputy commissioners.

Freedom fighter H S Doreswamy had approached the court seeking to prohibit special deputy commissioners from exercising revisional powers. He had contended that the special deputy commissioners of Bangalore Urban district were flouting Section 136(3) of Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice D H Waghela disposed of the petition stating that the notification dated October 20, 2011 which conferred revision powers on deputy commissioners will continue to be in force.

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The High Court has questioned the State government and the Karnataka State Legal Service Authority (KSLSA) to clarify on the funds meant for compensation to victims of sexual abuse.

Fifty women advocates of Karnataka High Court Bar Association have filed a petition alleging that the State Home Department and the KSLSA had not implemented the scheme meant for victims of sexual abuse.

The government said that it had released Rs 50 lakh towards the compensation.

 However, KSLSA, the implementing agency claimed that it had not received any such funds. 

The court directed the parties to clarify on the issue during the next hearing.

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