High Court (of Karnataka) Directive to Co-operative Society.

(Deccan Herald, January 23-01-2003, Page No. 05)

Bangalore: Jan 22 (DHNS) The Karnataka High Court today directed the Karnataka State Judicial Department Employees' House Building Co-operative Society not to change the nature of a site, which was reserved as civic amenity site for the purpose of construction of a temple, in Judicial Layout on Bellary Road.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice N.K. Jain and Justice K. Bhaktavatsala passed the above order on a public interest litigation filed by Judicial Layout Residents' and Site Holders' Association.

The association has alleged in the petition that the Society was illegally converting the open space reserved for parks, sites reserved for civic amenities, underground drainage, roads in the layout as residential sites in clear violation of the layout plan approved by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). The society had formed 2,048 residential sites by utilizing some portion of 193 acres of land allotted to it by the government. The remaining portion was kept for various public purposes. The petitioner alleged that the society had sold more than 500 sites in addition to 2048 sites by illegally converting land reserved for other purpose.

The petitioner also said BDA which as per the law had to take over the control of open space in the layout had failed to discharge its duty. The High Court has also ordered issue of notices of BDA and Yelahanka CMC.