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Karnataka High Court fiat on probe into murder of RTI activist

Thursday, 6 December 2012 - 9:35am IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna
The high court took a suo mottu public interest litigation based on media reports.

The high court asked the state government counsel to seek instructions on whom to appoint — the special investigating team, the CID or CBI — for investigation into the murder of Lingaraju, an RTI activist.

Lingaraju, 40, was hacked  in front of his house in Vittal Nagar, Chamarajpet, by three unidentified people.

The high court took a suo mottu public interest litigation based on media reports.

The division bench headed by chief justice Vikramajit Sen asked the state government counsel on Wednesday to seek instructions concerning whom to appoint to investigate the case.
 The bench adjourned the case to December 10.

HC dismisses plea by Nithya’s former disciple
The high court dismissed a petition filed by Nithya Dharmananda alias Lenin seeking its direction to the trial court to conclude the proceedings at JMFC, Ramnagar, as early as possible.

Nithya contended that on March 4, 2010, he had given a written complaint against Swami Nithyananda with the Chennai police who transferred it to Bidadi police.

 Thereafter, the officer concerned had filed a final chargesheet on March 19, 2012.

The petitioner alleged that the accused and his followers filed over 20 to 25 cases against him and started harassing and threatening him to stop him from giving evidence in the main case.

HC issues notice to Centre over polluted lake
The high court, on Wednesday, issued notices to the Union government over a petition seeking prevention of further degradation of Bellandur Lake.

The petitioner Kasu Venkata Rajagopal Reddy challenged the inaction on the part of the government in taking effective steps to protect and preserve the lake.

He contended that the water body had been severely polluted in recent times due to urbanisation, dumping of solid waste and discharge of sewage into the lake. One of the largest lakes in the city has, thus, become a breeding  ground for diseases, the petitioner said.

He quoted a physio-chemical analysis conducted by the department of environmental science of Mount Carmel College on the lake in 2007 which found high concentration of chemicals and nitrate.




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