'Consider plea to prosecute ex-Palike chief'

 The High Court on Monday directed the Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development, to consider the application of Koramangala residents for sanction to prosecute the then BBMP commissioner, M Lakshminarayana.

Namma Bengaluru Foundation had approached the court after repeated letters to the government for sanction order to prosecute Lakshminarayana did not elicit any response. The Foundation wanted to start criminal proceedings against him for issuing trade licence to a person for operating a commercial outlet in a residential area.

It contended that Lakshminarayana had made a note to Palike’s health officials , “Please help in getting the trade licence” to a person who is running an eatery ‘Breakfast Club’ in a residential area in Koramangala. It said by granting the licence, the commissioner violated the Revised Master Plan 2015 that disallowed commercial activity on roads measuring 40 feet or less. 

A division bench of Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice Ravi Malimath directed the government to consider the representation within six weeks.

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