Hyderabad: The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday directed the directed Mahabubnagar and Wanaparthy districts collectors to ensure that the lands which were sold to private individuals to set up 29 solar power plants in both districts shall not be registered in the name of power plants.
A division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice G Shyam Prasad was dealing with the PIL by Palamoori Migrant Labour Union of Mahabubnagar seeking to order for judicial enquiry or CBI probe into alleged sale of hundreds of acres of prime government lands and also assigned lands to private individuals to set up 29 solar power plants in both districts.
The petitioner’s counsel told the court about 400 acres belonging to bonded labour, Inam lands, temple lands and assigned lands in both districts was registered in favour of the owners of solar power companies based on forged and fudged documents.
Mr D. Prakash Reddy, advocate general submitted that some the sale transactions were cancelled after enquiry by issuing notices to the seller and buyer.
TS grilled on parks in city
The Hyderabad HC on Tuesday asked the Telangana government, the GHMC and HMDA to file counter affidavits explaining the details of parks available in the city and also the land allotted to the parks.
The bench was dealing with a PIL seeking declare the action of authorities in failing to provide for adequate green spaces for the citizens of the state as a constitutional failure of the State duty, violating the citizens’ fundamental rights.’ The bench granted two weeks time to the respondents to file their affidavits.
Worried over chemical in fruits
The Hyderabad HC on Tuesday asked the governments of AP and Telangana why they had not been conducting regular checks at fruit shops and markets to curb the rampant use of calcium carbide in the ripening of fruits.
Taking up a petition based on news reports regarding the use of calcium carbide, the bench said ordered Poonam Malakon-daiah, the principal secretary of the AP department of health, medical and family welfare, to appear before it and explain the reasons for the delay in the filling-up of vacancies in the food safety wing. It said the affidavits must be submitted by both the governments within a week.
Revanth moves HC against ACB
Legislator A. Revanth Reddy has moved the Hyderabad HC seeking to declare the action of the Telangana Anti-Corruption Bureau in not taking action against the Telangana ministers for collecting funds from the public to hold TRS party plenary in April 2017 as illegal.
He informed the court that he had lodged a complaint with the ACB on August 31, 2017 against a minister for collecting fu-nds in the name of Gulabi Coolie for their party plenary which was held from April 21 to 28 this year as the act of the minister within the purview of Pre-vention of Corruption Act.
He contended that the act of the ministers falls under Section 7, 11 and 13 of the PC Act and also it is an offence under Section 120 B of the IPC.
While citing the funds collected by the minister by acting as ice-cream vendors, hamali, tea vendor, he said despite of the complaint, till date the ACB has not taken any action.
GHMC must end encroachment on footpaths
Expressing displeasure at the failure of GHMC authorities in removing encroachments on pavements in twin cities, The Hyderabad HC on Tuesday directed GHMC commissioner B. Janardhan Reddy to app-ear before it by next week to personally explain the stand of the civic body in taking action against the offenders.
The bench said due to the civic body’s inaction shopkeepers in Siddam-bar Bazaar had got emboldened and even violated the assurance given to the court.
The petitioner placed photographs before bench to demonstrate how, despite the court’s order, shopkeepers in the area had not removed their illegal structures. After perusing over the photos, the bench said it was a failure on part of GHMC to let shop keepers use footpaths for their wares and deny pedestrians the right to use them.
The bench said the court would not tolerate such an attitude, and if GHMC officials were not in position to act against the errant individuals, they must admit that before the court, after which the court would itself take action against them. The bench told the GHMC to take pictures of affected spots every day for one month, and then get encroachments removed based on them.