Form new selection panel for film awards: High Court

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High courtBangalore, August 5, 2013: The High Court on Monday directed the State government to constitute a new committee to select artistes for the State film awards.

Hearing a petition by Kannada film producer, Basanth Kumar Patil, challenging the film awards for 2011, on the ground that there were a lot of irregularities in the selection process, Justice Ram Mohan Reddy directed the State government to file a report regarding the formation of the committee within four weeks.

During the hearing, the State government filed an affidavit stating that it is quashing the committee constituted by it earlier as well as its recommendations for the awards.
The counsel for the petitioner mentioned that some of the films and the actors who have been selected for the awards are members of the committee constituted to recommend the names.

The judge, mentioning the film ‘ Super’ which has been recommended for the awards, said, “How can you say this is good film? I happened to see the billboard which the film producers have put up. The hero is seen with funny make-up and is dressed in torn jeans. What message such films give to the society?,” he said. When a counsel said that people prefer such films, Justice Reddy said, “There must be a method for madness also.”
Pointing out that most of the filmmakers go for shooting to Maldives and Singapore, he questioned why these films must get subsidy. Stating that there is no social cause in the films made in recent times, Justice Reddy pointed out that the film ‘Enemy at the Gates’ was shot in a shed. He said that there is no need for globe-trotting for shooting, but the same can be done here, if there is creativity. The matter was adjourned with a direction to constitute the committee.

‘Deposit cost’

The High Court on Monday directed the petitioner Rodda Veerashetty to deposit Rs 10,000 levied on him on June 24 this year for wasting the court’s time, within two weeks.
Veerashetty, a Gulbarga-based advocate, had moved the High Court, seeking to set up a Supreme Court bench in the State. The division bench comprising Justice K L Manjunath and Justice Ravi Malimath had levied the cost and dismissed the petition.

However, Veerashetty again approached the court with a similar demand. During the hearing, when the bench learnt that he had not deposited the amount and questioned him about it, the petitioner requested for more time. The bench granted him two weeks’ time. The bench also suggested him to approach the Supreme Court with his demand.
Notice to minister

The High Court has ordered notice to Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Dinesh Gundu Rao, in connection with a petition seeking to annul his election to the Assembly.

The petitioner, V Nagaraj, alleged that the minister’s victory in the recent election was suspicious, because in as many as 232 polling machines in his constituency, no other candidate other than him have been able to get votes.

Stating that the respondents (Rao and Election Commission officials) have colluded to manipulate the votes, the petitioner sought that the election be annulled, till there is an investigation into it. Justice B S Patil, who heard the matter, ordered notice to Rao and the Election Commission.

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