news Friday, May 08, 2015 - 05:30
The Karnataka cabinet on Thursday decided to temporarily halt the demolition of houses in BDA layouts that have come up on lake beds, according to a Times of India report. "We have decided to halt the demolition of BDA houses on lakebeds till we get a report from a house committee headed by KB Koliwad,'' Law Minister TB Jayachandra was quoted by the paper.  However, the drive against private layouts will continue unless the building owners furnish proper documents or have acquired a stay order from the court. "If we find that the records indicate the approval of government body or officials, we won't demolish such structures,'' the minister was quoted.  The move to temporarily halt the demolition of houses in BDA layouts is seen as a bid to avoid public anger against the ruling party in the wake of the gram panchayat and BBMP elections, the report said. The State government has also decided to set up special courts to try land grabbers under the provisions of the Karnataka Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Act, 2011. The minister said the government had already obtained the approval of Karnataka High Court to set up the courts. The courts would comprise of Chairperson and four members with civil and criminal jurisdication and will be functional within a month, he said.    

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