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K'taka HC allows PIL against grant of land to a Trust

Written by: Staff

Bangalore, Aug 9 (UNI) The Karnataka High Court today ordered issuance of notices to the Union and State governments and Revenue authorities of Bangalore district on a writ petition (PIL) challenging the grant of 10 acres 15 guntas of land on long lease to a Trust for setting up a medical college.

The petitioners, city-based advocate K C Suresh and other residents of Chikkasandra village, said the same piece of land had been granted in favour of a private individual for formation of a layout under the Ashraya scheme. However, it was later withdrawn as the Defence Department had prohibited construction of any building as the land came under the prohibited area of Air Force and Airport.

They argued that the impugned grant for medical college would fall within the purview of the circular dated June 22, 2001 and therefore the grant was illegal and liable to be quashed.

The Bench, comprising Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph and Mr Justice N K Patil, while admitting the petition, also stayed any construction by the grantee, the Srinivasa Chartitable Trust run by T Giriyappa.


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