The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed a Karnataka High Court order for framing of charges against the state’s Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industry Department in a contempt case for his alleged failure to implement an order in connection with land acquisition for Bangalore-Mysore Corridor Project.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan stayed the contempt proceedings till April 30, when the petition filed by Principal Secretary, Commerce KM Shivakumar would come up for hearing. The order was passed after his counsel mentioned the matter for an urgent hearing and stay. His counsel contended that there was no wilful disobedience on his part.
The High Court on April 4 had directed that charges should be framed against the officer by April 18.
The landowners of Gottigere village, who moved the contempt petition, had accused the officer of non-compliance of High Court's November 18, 2005 order directing them to file their objections vis-a-vis land acquisition for the construction of a peripheral ring road near Gottigere tank which is connected to the Bangalore-Mysore Corridor.
The Karnataka government later decided to construct straight alignment of the peripheral ring road instead of the earlier curved alignment near Gottigere tank.
Shivkumar contended that the competent authority was the Special Land Acquisition Officer before whom the landonwners filed their objections and their grievance in the contempt petition was that in spite of repeated requests and reminders their objections had not been considered.