Karnataka High Court reprimands the state government and Congress. Karnataka High Court reprimanded the state government and Congress

Digital Desk, Bangalore. The Karnataka High Court has reprimanded the BJP government and the Congress party for the Mekedatu padyatra and issued a notice. The court has also directed both the parties to give explanation by January 14. The notice has been issued on a petition filed by social activist Nagendra Prasad.

The High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the state government, the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), the Ramanagara District Commissioner and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The petition was heard by a division bench headed by Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi. Taking a dig at the government, the bench asked whether the government was unable to take action in this regard.

The bench also directed the government to clarify by January 14 what steps they have taken to stop the rally. He also questioned the helplessness of the government. The bench has also questioned how the Congress violated the guidelines of Kovid and organized the rally. The court questioned the timing of the padyatra and directed them to reply on January 14. The counsel for the state government told the court that an FIR has been registered against the Congress leaders. The bench expressed concern over the issue and said that the state is already affected by the COVID crisis and how can this happen which is against the interest of the public.

Siddaramaiah, reacting to the court’s observations, said that his lawyer would represent him in the court. He said, Kovid is not spreading because of Congress’s padyatra. It is spreading due to the negligence of the government. We will wait and see the court order in this regard. The Congress has taken out a 10-day padyatra demanding speedy implementation of the Mekedatu project to provide drinking water in Bengaluru and surrounding areas. Tamil Nadu has objected to the project and the matter is in the Supreme Court.

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(IANS)

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