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Hoisting Kannada flag will not be mandatory: Govt tells court

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 - 2:22pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna

The government informed the court that it has withdrawn the notification that made hoisting the flag on November 1 necessary to mark Kannada Rajyotsava.

The high court on Monday disposed of the petition on Kannada flag after the state government submitted that it has withdrawn the notification that said the flag should be hoisted on government offices, schools and colleges.
The government informed the court that it has withdrawn the notification that made hoisting the flag on November 1 necessary to mark Kannada Rajyotsava. Prakash Shetty, an advocate, had filed a public interest petition in the court. He contended that the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV) president has been constantly misusing the flag for the propaganda of the oragnisation.
Shetty contended that Narayana Gowda is involved in several criminal cases. He has been misusing the state flag and the name of poet Kuvempu. He has altered the flag by violating rules and put Vedike’s name on the flag, besides putting his photo next to Kuvempu’s photo on the flag.

Appeal on stray dogs
The high court dismissed an appeal filed by Lokayukta, challenging the single-bench order in an issue regarding stray dogs. The court observed that Lokayukta cannot maintain such an appeal and also cannot pass a direction nullifying a law, a power vested with a writ court. The Lokayukta, aggrieved by the order passed by the single Judge on December 14, 2006, had filed an appeal in the HC.
The Lokayukta had filed a complaint based on the statement of one Dhananjaya of Stray Dog-Free Bangalore. He had complained that there was supposedly lack of action by the BBMP regarding the stray dog menace in Bangalore. The Lokayukta then formulated a report on March 6, 2003.
The report stated that the Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001, referred to as the ABC Rules, were invalid. The Lokayukta had directed the BBMP to kill all the stray and ownerless dogs, stating that it was allowed under Section 58(12) of KMC Act, 1976.
In the report submitted by the Lokayukta, certain observations were made against NGO CUPA. These observations were challenged in the writ petition. The HC has set aside the observations made by the Lokayukta, hence they had filed an appeal.
The division bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen observed: “The Lokayukta has, in fact, held that the provisions of ABC (Dogs) Rules, 2001, are ultra vires, (something for) which the Lokayukta does not possess power. Be that as it may, there is no provision for filing an appeal by the Lokayukta against the order of the single judge.”

SWM land near tiger reserve
The high court on Monday dismissed the PIL challenging the order of the DC of Chamarajanagar district allotting three acres of revenue land for disposal of the municipal solid waste near Biligiri Ranga Hills wildlife sanctuary. The division bench headed by chief justice Vikramajit Sen dismissed the plea.  One Mahadevaiah had filed a PIL in the high court. He argued that the authorities, without any clearance from the ministry of environment and forests and other departments, illegally allotted the land for municipal solid waste disposing even though it is within 500 metres of the BRT Tiger Reserve.

Proceedings against Soorinje

The high court has given a stay order on a lower court’s proceedings against Kannada channel reporter Naveen Soorinje, who was arrested regarding homestay attack near Mangalore. Soorinje had filed a petition in the HC to quash the proceedings against him in Mangalore’s JMFC court. He contended that at 6.50 pm on July 28, at Padil Junction, about 30 men had gathered and were speaking something about Muslim boys and Hindu girls. As a reporter, he rushed to the spot. After reaching the spot, he asked the people if they were from Sree Rama Sene. They said they were from Hindu Jagarana Vedike and barged into the homestay.

No order on rabid dogs
The high court on Monday reserved orders on the case challenging the Animal Birth Control (ABC) rules to control the stray dog menace in the city. One Krishna Bhat had filed a PIL in the high court. He has challenged the ABC rules to control the stray dog menace in the city.  He stated that as per the ABC rules, the authorities can only sterilise dogs and not kill them. He contended that rabid dogs should be killed as they are a menace for the city dwellers.
A PIL was filed by one five-year-old boy Jishnu and his father R Gururaj. On July 6, 2010, in Yelahanka New Town, six dogs had attacked Jishnu and bitten his head. A portion of the scalp on the back side of the skull was torn open and the boy had to undergo more than 20 stitches. The court reserved this case too for judgment.

Reddy’s bail plea today
The high court on Monday granted one day’s time to the CBI to file additional documents concerning the bail petition of mining baron G Janardhana Reddy, the main accused in the illegal mining case involving Associated Mining Company. Reddy had knocked the HC’s door after his bail plea was rejected by the CBI court in September. When the petition came up for further hearing before Justice HN Nagamohan Das, the judge granted time till Tuesday to CBI to file additional documents. Senior counsel for CBI, Ashok Bhan, on Monday opposed the bail petition and submitted that though the chargesheet has been filed, further investigation is on.

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