HC seeks details of overstaying foreigners

The High Court on Monday directed the State government to submit details on the number of foreigners who have overstayed in Karnataka.

 During the hearing of a bail petition moved by six persons including five Nigerian nationals, Justice A V Chandrashekhara sought to know from the government the number of cases pending in lower courts pertaining to overstaying foreigners and also the details of such people who had been jailed. The Court also directed Additional Director General of Police (Crime) and Bengaluru City police commissioner to be present before the court for the hearing on Tuesday.

Petitioners - Vijaya and five Nigerian nationals - were arrested on charges of cheating a person by luring him to buy a car on OLX, an e-commerce website.  The petitioners have placed an advertisement in the website to sell a Honda City car pricing it at Rs 3,26,600.  After the buyer approached them, the petitioners directed him to transfer the amount through Internet banking and to visit the airport to pick the car.  However, soon after the transfer of the amount, the petitioners did not turn up to deliver the car.  The police have booked a case and had arrested the petitioners. The petitioners have now approached the High Court seeking bail.

‘No coercive steps’
The High has directed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) not to take any coercive steps against the assets of former minister Katta Subramanya Naidu and his family.

Naidu’s wife K Sowbhagya had questioned the constitutional validity of certain sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, and subsequent amendments made to the Act in 2005, 2009 and 2012. She had also sought quashing of the order issued by the Directorate of Enforcement on September 25, 2012 which had seized 141 documents related to assets of Naidu’s family, Itasca Software Development Pvt Ltd including 23 others. The single judge had dismissed the petition and Sowbhagya had moved the division bench in appeal.

A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice Ravi Malimath directied the petitioner to correct the defects in the appeal and adjourned next hearing after for weeks.

Sanction for prosecution
The High Court on Monday directed the State government to take a decision on the cases against IAS and IPS officers in which sanction for prosecution is awaited.

During hearing of a petition, the Court said separate courts dealing with Lokayukta matters should become operational in the State by February 18. Justice A N Venugopala Gowda appointed Additional Solicitor General Krishna S Dixit as the amicus curiae to assist the court in the matter.

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