HC quashes proceedings against former DC of Bangalore Rural

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BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday quashed proceedings against MK Aiyappa, senior IAS officer and former DC of Bangalore Rural district, in the special Lokayukta court in the Vinayaka House Building Co-operative Society case.

Justice KN Keshavanarayana allowed Aiyappa’s criminal petition on the ground that there was no prior sanction from the competent authority. Aiyappa had challenged the order of the special Lokayukta court on October 30, 2012 asking Lokayukta police to investigate the private complaint against him and the FIR registered thereafter. Aiyappa contended he’s a public servant and the allegations related to his actions taken in discharge of official duties.

“In such a situation, it was mandatory for the complainant to obtain sanction from the competent authority as prescribed under Section 197 of the CrPC for prosecuting him with respect to IPC offences alleged in the complaint,” he had stated.

Markandayya S Gombe had filed a private complaint against Aiyappa and other officials with regard to falsification of records, etc. with regard to sites in Nagarbhavi village.

False information

A division bench headed by Chief Justice DH Waghela on Wednesday imposed a cost of Rs 1.4 lakh on 14 petitioners (Rs 10,000 each) for providing false information and misleading the court in their PIL. DV Devaraj Gowda and 13 others, all residents of P Dasapura village, Chanarayapatna taluk (Hassan district) alleged that 111.2 acres of government land, including 44 acres of gomal land, meant for grazing animals had been encroached upon and some portion allotted to influential persons.

Government advocate B Veerappa told the court that gomal lands have not been allotted to anyone and the local assistant commissioner had issued an order asking encroachers to clear out. He said the petitioners suppressed the fact that they too had applied for these gomal lands and it had been rejected.

Life sentence upheld

A division bench headed by Justice K Sreedhar Rao on Wednesday upheld the life sentence awarded by a fast track court in Mysore to Roshan, a native of Gajanur near Hunsur, in a dowry death case.

In March 2010, the fast track court imposed a life sentence holding him guilty for killing his second wife, Bhavya, by mixing liquor with poison and it was treated as dowry death as he had been harassing her to bring more dowry and allegedly forced her to prostitution.

Mayoral poll

Justice L Narayanaswamy on Wednesday commenced the final hearing on petitions concerning the election of BBMP mayor and the next hearing is on Friday. The court has extended till Friday the interim order restraining the government from issuing the calendar for the election.

Spot inspection ordered

Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh has directed all concerned including those residing adjacent to rajakaluve in Kothanur/JP Nagar to visit the spot on July 21 to suggest mechanism for laying underground pipelines to carry sewage water to sewage treatment plants. A report has to be submitted to the court so as to take a decision on July 29, the next date of hearing.

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