QBengaluru: SC Verdict on Rebel MLAs Case; HC Dismisses DKS’ Plea
Latest news and updates from Karnataka
1. SC Verdict on Disqualified MLAs Today; BJP on Edge
More than 100 days after 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs were disqualified from the assembly for a six-year period, the Supreme Court will on Wednesday pass orders on their petitions challenging the action of then speaker KR Ramesh Kumar.
The court will deliver its verdict at 10.30am. The outcome could break new ground on determining the speaker’s powers, including on rejection of resignations by members of the assembly. The verdict will decide whether the disqualified MLAs can contest the December 5 bypolls. It will also have a bearing on the Yediyurappaled minority government.
2. DK Shivakumar I-T Probe: Karnataka HC Dismisses Petition to Quash Case
The Karnataka High Court on Monday dismissed the petition filed by former Water Resource Minister DK Shivakumar’s associate, who had sought to quash the Income Tax Department’s investigation against him regarding alleged tax evasion and money laundering.
The court dismissed Shivakumar’s business associate – Sachin Narayana’s petition in the wake of the Enforcement Directorate’s probe, into Shivakumar’s alleged money laundering activities.
The Karnataka High Court had granted a stay on the Income Tax Department’s probe against Shivakumar on July 30 this year. One of the accused in the case – Sachin Narayana, DK Shivakumar’s business associate, had initially filed a petition to quash the Income Tax Department’s investigation with a Bengaluru sessions court in July this year. However, the sessions court had dismissed his petition.
(Source: The News Minute)
3. Govt to BBMP: Send Mixed Waste to Processing Plants Instead of Landfills
Days after the high court asked the government to supersede BBMP if it failed to implement Solid Waste Management (SWM) Rules 2016, the state has issued a fresh diktat to the civic agency to send 2,800 tonnes of mixed waste to its processing units instead of landfilling it.
The government has reportedly overruled objections from civic officials that such a move would flout SWM Rules, which mandate only segregated wet waste should go to processing plants.
Deputy chief minister CN Ashwath Narayan issued the order last week during a meeting to review Bengaluru-related issues. In fact, chief minister BS Yediyurappa, who was in the chair, backed Narayan’s decision, observing that the load on landfills will reduce once the Palike starts processing mixed waste instead of waiting to achieve total segregation at source.
4. Amid Soaring Prices, Onions Rot on Bengaluru Streets
While onion prices have shown no signs of cooling over the past few days, the Bengaluru market is witnessing yet another peculiar problem with bulbs worth lakhs of rupees rotting on the streets.
According to estimates by traders at the Yeshwantpur APMC market, every day, around 60 to 75 tonnes of onions are rejected as waste and dumped on the streets to be either cleared as garbage or picked up by migrant labourers who sell them outside the market at throwaway prices.
For almost a week, rotten and poor quality onion bulbs have been strewn across open spaces along Tumakuru Road and surrounding areas raising a stink.
5. ASI Assaults Woman SI in Mandya
A woman sub-inspector was reportedly assaulted by an assistant sub-inspector at the Basaralu police station in the taluk. An FIR has been lodged against the ASI.
The incident had occurred on 9 November, when Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa paid a visit to KR Pet taluk. Basaralu SI Jayagowri returned to the police station in the evening after duty. ASI Shivananjegowda was in the station at that time.
There was a quarrel between the duo over night patrolling. It is said that Jayagowri told Shivananjegowda to be on night patrol. He refused to do so, saying he was on duty the whole day and it was difficult to continue for the night.
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