Thursday, March 31, 2011

[ZESTCaste] HC rejects bail pleas of lifers in Dalits’ murder

HC rejects bail pleas of lifers in Dalits' murder
Bangalore, March 30, DHNS :

The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday rejected the bail
applications of 20 persons from Badanavalu near Mysore, who were
sentenced to life imprisonment in a triple murder case.

On March 25, 1993, some Dalit residents of Badanavalu village were
attacked by 23 people following a dispute over their entry into
Siddappaji Temple. The 23 accused were convicted of killing B R
Narayanswamy, his son Madhukar, and their neighbour Nataraj.

Three of the accused had died during trial and the sentencing was
given by the lower court in November 2010. The Sixth Additional
District and Sessions Court Judge L F Malavalli also sentenced them to
three years' rigorous imprisonment for causing grievous hurt under
Section 326 (A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and one year for
spreading hatred among the two communities, under Section 153 (A) of
the IPC.

Atrocity on children

The Court disposed off the matter related to the poor implementation
of the Juvenile Justice Act, giving liberty to the petitioner to
approach the local magistrate, if they knew of any incidents of ill
treatment of children by the police.

Ullas, a social worker had filed a petition seeking prevention of
child abuse and strict implementation of the Juvenile Justice Act. He
had submitted that not much was being done to check rampant atrocities
against children, in spite of the provisions in the Act.

The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice A
S Bopanna gave the petitioner the liberty to conduct raids with the
help of the Karnataka Legal Services Authority (KLSA) if he suspected
any ill treatment of juvenile offenders.

The KLSA was directed to provide a vehicle for such raids. The
petitioner was further given the liberty of approaching the local
magistrate if he came across any instance of harassment. The
Magistrate was directed to lodge a complaint and inform the local
Superintendent of Police or Director General of Police who would then
have to take action.

Intake to Tumkur varsity

The High Court has disposed of the matter related to enhancement of
intake to Tumkur University after the vice chancellor and registrar
submitted an affidavit stating that the errors will be rectified.

Earlier, in his affidavit filed before the Division Bench comprising
Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice A S Bopanna, V-C S C Sharma had
apologised before the High Court for an 'unintended' error in
enhancing the student intake for the year 2010-11.

Devaraj had filed a PIL claiming that the decision of the varsity to
increase the intake to 44 students from 34 was contrary to resolutions
of the academic council, syndicate and provisions of the Karnataka
State University Act and UGC norms.

He had alleged that the intake was enhanced under pressure from
various organisations. The Registrar apologised for the errors that
had crept in fixing the intake.


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