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The judge, while allowing the petition, directed that the petitioners might be released on bail on executing a bond for Rs. 25,000 and surety of the same amount. The petitioners were directed to surrender their passports and not to leave the country without the permission of the trial court. They were directed to attend the sessions case at Karwar on the date of the hearing.
A Division Bench of the High Court on Thursday dismissed a public interest litigation seeking a direction to the State and other authorities to provide details about the renovation and repairs carried out at the designated residence of the Chief Minister, `Anugraha', on Sankey Road in Bangalore.
The petitioners, G.K. Govinda Rao and 11 others from Bangalore, told the court that the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, had spent several lakhs of rupees on repairs to his official residence to suit his belief in Vastu Shashtra.
According to the petitioners, Rs. 1.21 crore was spent in the "past decade".
They said there was no justification in spending Rs. 3.27 lakh on purchase of furniture, and Mr. Krishna was liable to refund the amount.
The respondents told the court that the petition had been filed with the intention of bringing high offices to disrepute. The Bench, comprising the Chief Justice, N.K. Jain, and Justice V.G. Sabhahit, dismissed the petition after hearing the counsel.
Plea against article dismissed
The Division Bench on Thursday dismissed a public interest writ petition seeking a directive to the authorities to probe who was responsible for the controversial and "objectionable" article in the book, Kannada Chalana Chitra Itihasa, against Rajkumar, Ambarish, Ravichandran, Upendra, and other Kannada stars. The petitioners, Deshi Gowda and five others from Mysore, office-bearers of the Dr. Rajkumar Abhimanigala Sangha, prayed for a directive to recover Rs. 24 lakh, the cost of publication of the book, from the persons responsible, and publish the book afresh.
The petitioners said the Kannada University had published the book, and it was released by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.The respondents Vijaya, M.B Singh, and V.N. Subba Rao were the editors.
The judges dismissed the petition after hearing the counsel for the petitioners.
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