HC stays BMTF notice to Palike engineers

HC stays BMTF notice to Palike engineers

The High Court on Tuesday granted stay on the notices issued by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF), to eight BBMP engineers in connection with asphalting of roads.

Former corporator N R Ramesh had lodged a complaint with BMTF stating that the Palike spent Rs 1,200 crore on repair and asphalting of 1,706 km of road and the job was entrusted to the Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited (KRIDL).

He had stated that even before the expiry of fault liability period, these roads worn out and that an other additional Rs 400 crore had to be spent for repairing them again. It was further alleged that the provisions of the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurements Act were not followed in awarding the contract and t he work executed by the KRIDL was substandard.

The BMTF had issued notices to the engineers asking them to produce documents pertaining to the road repair work.

The engineers had challenged the notice contending that the work executed by KRIDL was assessed and inspected by independent agencies also which gave a report stating the work was satisfactory. They had stated that the BMTF was threatening to arrest them in the event of non-compliance with its notice. Justice Anand Byrareddy, while staying the notice, ordered issue of notice to BMTF.

Orders reserved

The High Court has reserved its orders in a criminal appeal filed by Shivakumar, the cab driver convicted for rape and murder of BPO employee Prathiba Srikanta Murthy in 2005.

A fast track court has awarded life imprisonment to Shivakumar in 2010. He has approached the High Court questioning the lower court order. A division bench comprising Justices H Billappa and Justice K N Phaneendra reserved the orders.

Plaint against Moily quashed

The High Court on Tuesday quashed the complaint and the charge sheet filed against former Union minister and Chikkaballapur MP M Veerappa Moily in connection with violation of election code of conduct during the Lok Sabha elections.

S S Abid had lodged a complaint with the police stating that Moily had violated election code of conduct by allowing children to take part in the victory celebrations. The Chikkaballapur town police had filed a charge sheet after investigation.

Moily had challenged the action. Justice Rathanakala quashed the complaint and the charge sheet stating that police cannot investigate into the matter and that complaint has to be filed with the magistrate court.  

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