The high court refused to grant a stay on cancellation of licence to firecracker traders in the city who approached the court against the police commissioner’s decision to withdraw no objection certificate (NOC) issued to them.
The police commissioner had withdrawn the NOC on December 12, 2011, as the traders had stored inflammable crackers in lanes at Sultanpet, Mamulpet and Avenue Road which were too narrow for fire force vehicles and ambulances to enter in case of emergencies. Later the joint chief controller of explosives (south circle) canceled licences issued to 37 dealers.
Madhi Enterprises and other traders contended that the police commissioner’s action will affect their business during the festival season. They said they have been doing business at Sultanpet, Mamulpet and Avenue Road for decades and have the permission to store 100 kg of fireworks and 1,200 kg of Chinese fire crackers. They said the BBMP had renewed their licences on July 22, 2011, which was subsequently withdrawn by the city police chief.
The high court posted the case for the final hearing.
HC dismisses appeal by Wakf Board
The high court on Monday dismissed an appeal filed by the Wakf Board challenging the notification issued by the state government in 1960, extending the Inam Abolition Act to 600 acres of land in Bellahalli village.
The Wakf Board filed a petition before the single judge. It contended that 600 acres of land in Bellahalli village is its property and it cannot be declared by the state government as the Inam land. The single judge dismissed the petition.
Thereafter, the board filed an appeal before the division bench. The division bench headed by Justice N Kumar dismissed the appeal due to the fact that the appeal was filed after more than 50 years.
HC adjourns hearing on habeas corpus petition
The high court adjourned the hearing of the habeas corpus petition related to the telegram sent to the court by Ramaiah, father of JD (S) leader Surendra Babu who was arrested on charges of killing his wife Hemasree. In the telegram, Ramaiah stated that his son Jaya Gopal has been illegally detained and harassed by the Hebbal police. Jaya Gopal is the brother of Surendra Babu .
Based on the telegram, a Habeas Corpus petition was registered. It came up for hearing on Monday.
The state government informed the high court that Gopal is not required in any interrogation and that no cases are pending against him. Hence, there is no need for investigation against him.
The high court adjourned the case and asked the police to file an affidavit concerning their submissions.
The state government on Monday informed the high court that a separate entity, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation (KSMDMC), has been set up to take care of the needs of thousands of mango growers.
Mango growers filed a PIL seeking a direction to authorities to provide minimum facilities at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC ) yards. They alleged that the yards lack basic facilities like electronic weighing machines and a board indicating prices. They also asked for directions to check the practice of middlemen determining prices and to cancel licences issued to a few private parties.
The case came up for hearing before the division bench headed by chief justice Vikramajit Sen. The state government informed the high court that KSMDMC has been set up to take care of the needs of the mango growers.
The state government’s counsel submitted that all concerns of the growers will be taken care by KSMDMC. The case has been adjourned.