Senior counsel to appear for govt in goods vehicle owners' petition

Senior counsel to appear for govt in goods vehicle owners' petition

Senior counsel to appear for govt in goods vehicle owners' petition

The High Court on Monday appointed senior counsel D N Nanjunda Reddy to represent the State government in a review petition filed by Mysore Raste Saarige Saraku Saganike Maalikara Sangha (Mysuru goods transport vehicle owners’ association).

The petitioner has sought clarification about a submission made by the government counsel in a PIL that old transport vehicles will not be issued fitness certificate unless speed governors are installed in them. The petitioners contended that since the High Court had granted time till April 2016 for installation of speed governors, the transport department should not insist on the same as of now.

The High Court had passed an order in a PIL that sought its direction to the government to enforce rule 118 of the Central Motor Vehicles (sixth amendment) Rules, 2015.

A division bench passed an order after the government submitted that it would comply by March 31, 2016, with a notification issued on August 11, 2015, that calls for compulsory installation of speed governors in all vehicles. The petitioner moved the court for reconsideration of the submission made by the government counsel.

A division bench of acting Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice B V Nagarathna adjourned the hearing till November 9, 2015.

Rs 1 L for illegal detention

The High Court has directed the State government to pay Rs one lakh to the director and chairman of Chitra Publications Pvt Ltd, B V Seetaram, for his illegal detention by the police in some cases in 2008.

Hearing a petition by Seetaram, Justice Anand Byrareddy directed the government to pay the amount in four weeks. If it fails to pay by then, it should pay an additional 10 per cent per year on Rs one lakh.

Seetaram had approached the court seeking Rs 50 lakh as compensation for illegal detention. The bench directed him to establish his stand on how and why he seeks Rs 50 lakh as compensation. Seetaram is also editor of Karavali Ale, an evening published in Mangaluru.