Nayak's appointment as law panel chief challenged

December 16, 2014

S R Nayak
Bengaluru, Dec 16: The appointment of Justice S R Nayak as the chairman of the Karnataka Law Commission has been challenged before the Karnataka High Court.

A writ petition has been filed in this regard by H M Farooq stating that Justice Nayak's appointment as chairman was in violation of the Protection of Human Rights Act.

The State government had appointed Justice Nayak as the chairman of the Law Commission in June 2013. A person to be appointed chairman of the Law Commission shall be a person who has held the office of the Chief Justice of High Court or that of a judge of the Supreme Court. Justice Nayak was the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court.

In the capacity of a retired Chief Justice, Justice Nayak was appointed chairperson of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission in 2007. He served as chairperson of the SHRC from July 2007 to July 2012. Justice Nayak took charge as the Law Commission chairman on June 27, 2014.

The petitioner claimed that the government notification (Number/Law/26 /KLM 2014 dated 26.06.2014) was in contrary to Section 24 (3) of the Protection of Human Rights Act. The petitioner stated that Section 24 (3) of the Protection of Human Rights Act 1993 stipulates that, œOn ceasing to hold office, the chairperson or a member (SHRC) shall be ineligible for further employment under the government of the State or under the Government of India. 

œIt is pertinent to note that Justice Nayak, after ceasing as chairperson of Karnataka Human Rights Commission, was once again appointed and employed by the Government of Karnataka with utter disregard for the provisions of Section 24(3) of the Protection of Human Rights Act,  the petitioner claimed.

The petitioner has prayed for quashing of the appointment of Justice Nayak as the chairman of the Law Commission.

œThe Law Commission of Karnataka is a very important body under the Government of Karnataka, which is constituted to look into the lacunae in laws and recommend abolishing obsolete laws. The

appointment is ex facie illegal, void and abuse of process of law resulting in gross failure of justice. Further, it is in utter violation of the mandatory provision stipulated under the Protection of Human Rights Act,  the petitioner submitted.

The Karnataka Law Commission was constituted by the State government in 2009 and consists of a full-time chairman, a full-time member who shall be retired judge of High Court of Karnataka, a full-time member secretary who shall be retired district judge and five ex officio members who shall be Advocate General of Karnataka, Law Secretary of Karnataka, secretary, Karnataka Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council, Dean, Faculty of Law, Bangalore University, secretary, Parliamentary Affairs and one more ex officio honorary member, director, Karnataka Institute for Law and Parliamentary reform.

The functions of the Law Commission of Karnataka include suggesting amendment, modification in the existing laws, proposed laws, drafting new laws for effective functioning of the market economy, deletion of obsolete laws, providing assistance to the State Legislature in drafting laws, suggesting steps for administrative reforms and providing suggestions of settlement of inter-state disputes.

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November 20,2021

Mangaluru, Nov 20: Mangaluru MLA U T Khader termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on repealing the three controversial farm laws as the victory of the farmers.

It is the victory of farmers and Opposition parties who held protests against the farm laws for the last one year.

“After farm laws, now people of the country should launch their agitation against the rise in price of petroleum and LPG. The common man is affected by the rise in price of petrol, diesel and LPG. There is a need to carry out a nationwide stir against it.”

Stating that the BJP-led government was forced to repeal the farm laws in fear of defeat in the elections in five states, the former minister said that the BJP had tasted defeat in the byelections that were held recently.

He demanded that the central government should announce at least Rs 10 lakh to the kin of farmers who died during the protest.

“Those political parties who flayed the protesting farmers should apologise now. The victory of farmers is the victory of democracy,” he said.

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November 22,2021

Bengaluru, Nov 22: As many as 24 persons lost their lives due to tragedies related to the heavy rainfall in Karnataka since September. The rains have also caused loss of agricultural crops in five lakh hectares in the state.

These were some of the important points that emerged from the Sunday evening meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai at his home office, Krishna, to review the damage caused by incessant rains in various parts of the state.

According to sources, the preliminary report on the damages stated that 658 houses were completely damaged and 8,495 houses were partially damaged. It has also resulted in the death of 191 livestock.

Around 5 lakh hectares of agricultural crops were lost and the horticulture crop loss has been assessed at 30,114 hectares. The continuous rains have damaged 2,203 kilometres of roads in the state.

As many as 165 bridges are also damaged. The report mentioned that 1,225 school buildings, 39 public health centre (PHC) buildings in various districts are also severely damaged by rains. 1,674 electric poles are damaged and 278 transformers have also suffered damages, the report says.

Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Tumakuru, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Ramanagar, Hassan districts have suffered extensively.

An amount of Rs 689 crore has been made available with District Commissioners in districts under the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). The Chief Minister Bommai has assured allocation of more funds if necessary.

Officers of the Agriculture department at all levels were instructed to conduct surveys of crop losses. Crops in 3.43 lakh hectares were affected due to incessant rains in August and September affecting 1.5 lakh farmers and Rs 130 crore has been released for them. Compensation for 79,000 farmers is pending and Chief Minister Bommai instructed for the release of Rs 79 crore towards clearing the compensation due for them.

Action for immediate release of Rs 1 lakh each as the first installment of relief for those lost their houses. Officers have been instructed to take action for speedy disbursal of crop loss insurance amount by the insurance companies. Orders were issued to take up the road repair works immediately after the rain spell in the meeting.

It was also suggested to take up the repair of irrigation tanks on war-footing. The government has also decided to release Rs 25 lakh for each zone in the BBMP limits for pothole fillings. Instructions for submitting ward wise reports on damages in the BBMP limits have been given.

Home Guards, Civil Defence Force teams are ready to take up the rescue and relief work. Officers were instructed to augment their strength, if necessary in the meeting.

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November 15,2021

Chikkamagaluru, Nov 15: The videos of a group of women barging into a liquor shop and smashing the furniture have gone viral in Karnataka. The women were opposing the opening of the liquor shop in their village.

The incident took place in the Muslapura village in Chikkamagalur district on Saturday. The women had opposed the opening of the liquor shop in the village twice before.

The liquor shop was opened in spite of the resistance, and about 50 women from the surrounding villages and with the help of locals decided to get the liquor shop closed.

The women claimed that their husbands will spend everything on liquor if the bar is allowed to open and leave them with nothing.

The women first questioned the persons who were in-charge at the liquor shop and later, when they did not agree to close the liquor shop, they barged inside and smashed the tables and chairs and other infrastructure. The liquor bottles were shifted before the group barged inside, police said.

Meanwhile, the people are appreciating the courage of the women for taking on the powerful liquor lobby in the area. The police are looking into the case. Further investigation is on.

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