Karnataka High Court stays regularisation bill

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Bangalore, Dec 11 (UNI) 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 Mr Justice Ashok B Inchageri, in its interim order, ruled that the Bill, seeking regularisation 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 the then Chief Minister Mr H D Kumaraswamy, last year in the Belgaum session of the Assembly.

The Court had received two separate petitions, one from the Federation of Bangalore Residents Association and another from the Federation of Residents Association of Mangalore, seeking a stay on the operation of the impugned Act.

While the Residents Association of Bangalore had prayed for reduction of penalty and extending the deadline for those wanting to opt for the scheme, the residents of Mangalore had urged the court to come to the rescue of law abiding citizens and quash the scheme itself.

The State had also witnessed large scale protests against the implementation of the scheme ''much against the wishes of the people.'' UNI

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