1. Ahead of Trust Vote, SC to Deliver Order on Rebels’ Resignation Today
The Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on the plea of 15 rebel MLAs seeking a directive to the speaker to accept their resignations on Wednesday, a day before the floor test of the tottering Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the assembly.
There was much acrimony between the rebel MLAs on one side and speaker KR Ramesh Kumar and chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on the other, with either side accusing the other of murdering democracy. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose heard arguments from both sides for nearly four hours and said, “We will pronounce orders at 10.30am on Wednesday.”
The order will not only have a bearing on the fate of the Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka but also on the delicate issue of whether the speaker is sovereign in matters concerning the functioning of the legislature.
(Source: The Times of India)
2. Roshan Baig Moves HC Against SIT’s ‘Illegal Detention’
Roshan Baig, Shivajinagar MLA, on Tuesday moved the Karnataka High Court stating that he was taken into “illegal captivity” by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday to allegedly serve the “purpose of the ruling party to coerce him to support the government during the coming floor test even though he had submitted his resignation to the post of MLA on July 11 itself”.
Justice Alok Aradhe, before whom the petition came up for hearing around 5.15 p.m., ordered issue of notices to the State and the SIT after Mr. Baig’s counsel had in the afternoon sought urgency to hear the petition.
Later, his counsel said there was no urgency as the SIT had released the MLA after the petition was filed. Further hearing was adjourned till July 30.
(Source: The Hindu)
3. 11 Karnataka Govt School Kids Hospitalised After Drinking Water Laced With Insecticide
Seven months after the harrowing insecticide poisoning of ‘prasad’ at a temple in Chamarajanagar that killed at least 15 people, a similar case has been reported in Karnataka’s Mandya. Eleven school children of a government primary school in Mandya district have been hospitalised, allegedly after consuming water laced with insecticide.
Students of the government primary school in A Hulikere village, just 7 kilometres away from Mandya town, began vomiting and complaining of stomach ache on Monday afternoon after consuming water from the school's drinking water tank.
The victims have been identified as Chandu, Darshan, Dhanush, Mayur, Nisha, Prajwal, Shivalinga, Somashekar, Tejas and Yeshwanth, all of whom are below the age of 15, Mandya SP Shiva Prakash Devaraju said.
(Source: The News Minute)
4. Mysuru Groom, DK Bride Call off Wedding Midway Over Caste
The temple hall was decked up, the wedding lunch was being prepared, and the priest was getting through the rituals. The boy’s side then noticed that the bride’s family was fumbling their way through, not familiar with the proceedings. An hour later, the 300-odd guests were in for a surprise: the wedding was cancelled, they were told, but they were welcome to enjoy the feast.
It turned out that the bride and groom belonged to different castes and were unaware of it until they got around to the rituals. The boy and girl met each other at another wedding, and, family members say the marriage broker was to blame.
Both parties found out that they belonged to different castes and pulled up the broker who could do little but return his “commission”. Manager of the hall Loknath said necessary documents were taken before letting out the hall. Once the wedding was called off, police were informed but neither side wanted to file a case.
(Source: The Times of India)
5. Building Collapse: Officials Turning a Blind Eye to Violations, Allege Citizens’ Groups
The collapse of two buildings in Pulakeshinagar last Wednesday has drawn the ire of citizens’ groups.
The North-East Residents’ Welfare Association, the Residents’ Welfare Association Bangalore East (REWABE), and others have been fighting cases against builders for building code and setback violations. Citizens allege that despite bringing building violations in their neighbourhood to the attention of the BBMP, the BDA, and the BWSSB, they get little support.
Indira Arun, secretary, REWABE, is considering approaching the court over the recent building collapse and other violations in the area. The RWA is fighting three cases along with the BBMP against a few builders. “However, the officials are apathetic. They absent themselves for the hearing or came unprepared and sometimes without files. This time, we will not fight along with the BBMP. We have decided to take them to the court shortly,” she said. Ms. Arun alleged that apathy on part of the civic officials has not only delayed justice, but also denied it.
(Source: The Hindu)
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