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April 25, 2019

I-T office protest: Karnataka HC rejects PIL seeking action against CM

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Bengaluru, Apr 25: The high courthas dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL), seeking police action against chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and other public servants for holding an unlawful assembly outside the income tax office on March 28.

A Mallikarjuna, a resident of Chelur village in Gubbi, Tumakuru district, had filed the PIL, claiming police have not taken any action in the matter despite a complaint to the DG&IG.

Citing several media reports, the petitioner claimed the main motto was to threaten the I-T officials who were on election duty and were unearthing huge amounts of cash and valuables while working as per the directions of Election Commission of India.

However, a division bench headed by acting chief justice L Narayana Swamy rejected the plea while observing that even if the petitioner may have a good case, the same cannot be remedied in a PIL.

HC rider on new autorickshaw permits

The high court has put a rider on issuing permits for new autorickshaws in Bengaluru while hearing a PIL challenging the March 27, 2018 notification increasing the permits in the city from 1,25,000 lakh to 1,55,000 lakh.

While agreeing to hear the PIL after the summer vacation of the court, a division bench headed by acting chief justice L Narayana Swamy said any new permits granted during the interregnum period will be subject to the result of the petition.

City resident Nithin R Puthige has filed the PIL seeking directions against permitting new autorickshaws in the city and urging action against autos plying without valid permits.

According to him, despite increase in noise and air pollution levels in the city, a gazette notification has been issued to enhance the ceiling by 30,000 units.

During the hearing, the government advocate informed the court that they are digitising autorickshaws to check those plying without valid permits.

I-T office protest: Karnataka HC rejects PIL seeking action against CM

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