QBengaluru: Govt Defers Call on Ballari; CBI on Phone-tapping Case
Latest news and updates from Karnataka
1. BSY Govt Defers Ballari Division Call Till Bypolls
The state government on Wednesday decided to shelve the controversial Ballari district bifurcation proposal until the December bypolls due to differences of opinion among legislators.
A meeting of Ballari district MLAs, MPs and former legislators convened by chief minister BS Yediyurappa in Bengaluru failed because legislators refused to budge from their stand on the issue of creating Vijayanagara district from the existing 11-taluk Ballari cluster.
Yediyurappa ended the meeting abruptly, saying they will meet again after the bypolls. The byelections to 15 assembly segments — crucial for the government’s survival — will be held on 5 December.
2. Bandipur Night Traffic ban to Continue: CM
Chief minister BS Yediyurappa said that ban on vehicular movement through Bandipur forest during night will continue.
Speaking to reporters in Mysuru on Wednesday, he said: “The court has ordered the night traffic ban in Bandipur Tiger Reserve. I cannot go against the court order.” The chief minister’s statement comes in the backdrop of protests in Kerala. Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday met Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss the issue.
Expressing hope of Rahul empathising with Karnataka government’s helplessness in the matter, Yediyurappa added, “The court has ordered us to enforce the ban. The court has since refused to amend its decision, and the Karnataka government is merely executing the court’s writ.”
3. CBI Suspects Phones of Politicians Were Tapped Under False Pretexts
The Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) probe into the phone tapping case in Karnataka has taken a new turn. The probe team is now looking at whether the phones of Congress, JD(S) and BJP legislators were tapped under the pretext of local crime investigations based on criminal cases registered across police stations in Bengaluru city.
CBI sources say that disqualified Yeshwanthpur MLA ST Somashekar’s phone was allegedly tapped by police officers who were investigating a case registered in the Bagalakunte Police Station in January this year. On the night of January 2, six men led by gangster Tattoo Jagga had been accused of attempting to kill one of their rivals Gangadhara P at a hotel room in Bagalakunte.
(Source: The News Minute)
4. Fire at Airshow: HC Notices to MoD, HAL, Top Cop
The high court has issued emergent notices to the Ministry of Defence, the HAL, the chief of the state fire force and the Bengaluru police commissioner over the fire during the airshow at the Yelahanka airbase that destroyed about 300 cars on 23 February.
A division bench of Justices H T Narendra Prasad and Ashok S Kinagi on Tuesday heard a PIL petition filed by Wg Cdr (Retd) G B Athri and advocate Geetha Mishra. The petitioners demanded a one-man judicial commission probe the incident under the Inquiries Act and urged the court to direct the authorities to submit a detailed report on the action taken. G R Mohan, the petitioners’ counsel, said the authorities failed to get to the root cause of the fire even seven months after the incident.
While an FIR was lodged on 24 February, police failed to find out the truth, he stated.
5. False Ceiling Falls; Metro Passengers Unhurt
A few passengers had a narrow escape from a falling brick, which also brought down the false ceiling at National College metro station.
The incident happened on Monday but came to light after the CCTV footage from the metro station was released to the media on Thursday. The video shows the false roof coming down at the exit gates just as four passengers, including three women, try to access it. A BMRCL staffer said a loose brick from the adjoining wall fell on the false ceiling, leading to the accident, but added that no one was injured. A metro staffer said the problem was rectified with minor repair work.
Defects in civil work have dogged metro stations for long.
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