Karnataka High Court stayed regularisation bill

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Bangalore, Dec 11 (UNI) The division bench of the Karnataka High Court today stayed the operation of the controversial 'Regularisation of Illegal Construction' Bill aimed at regularising buildings with violations and illegal change in land use by paying penalties.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph and Justice Ashok B Inchageri, in its interim order while disposing off he case, stated that the bill seeking regularaisation of illegal constructions in the state was framed 'in an unscientific way and needed to be amended. The bill was passed by the coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy last year in Belgaum session.

The High Court had received two seperate petitions, one from the Federation of a Residents Association and another from Federation and residents Association of Mangalore seeking stay on the operation of the impunged act which was passed by the previous government.

While the residents' association of Bangalore had urged the court to reduce the penalty and extend the deadline for those wanting to opt for the scheme, the residents of Mangalore had urged the court to come to the rescue of the law abiding citizens and quash the schme itself.

The state had also witnessed a large scale protest against implementation of the scheme 'much against the wishes of the people.' UNI

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