Removed BBMP corporators move Karnataka HC

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BANGALORE: In an interesting development, three of the removed nominated members of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have moved the Karnataka high court against the newly elected congress government in the state.

Ramakrishna Reddy, Vishwanath Gowda another corporator who were nominated by the previous BJP government, have challenged the July 15,2013 government order whereby their services came to be relived/withdrawn. The petitioners have claimed that though they have not completed their term, the state government terminated their nomination and relieved from service without any prior noticeand the same is arbitrary, illegal. Meanwhile, Justice L Narayanaswamy ordered notice to the state government and the BBMP in response to the petition.

Exercising powers under section 8(1) (ii) of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, the state government had issued an order on July 15 to dismiss the services of 20 nominated corporators in the BBMP council , who were nominated during BJP’s rule Earlier, on May 14, 2013, the state government had in fact instructed the BBMP commissioner to collect resignation letters from these nominated corporators. The commissioner then had sent a circular to the corporators to give their resignations to the council office. But none had tendered their resignations.

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