Bhardwaj returns Country Planning Amendment Bill

Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj, often at odds with the BJP government, has returned a bill seeking to regularise unauthorised constructions built on revenue lands.

Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 00:54 AM IST

Bangalore: Karnataka Governor H R
Bhardwaj, often at odds with the BJP government, has returned
a bill seeking to regularise unauthorised constructions built
on revenue lands.

Law Minister Suresh Kumar told reporters here today
that the governor had returned the Karnataka Town and Country
Planning and Certain Other Laws (Amendment), Bill 2010.

He said he would discuss the issue with Chief Minister
B S Yeddyurappa and Chairman of the Cabinet Sub-committee and
Transport and Home Minister R Ashok, who had recommended
regularisation, to decide the future course of action.

Official sources said the governor`s action was based
on a state high court verdict last year, which disapproved of
regularisation of illegal constructions.

Bhardwaj had recently declined consent to the state`s
Bill on banning cow slaughter and referred it to the President
for assent, inviting the anger of the ruling party which has
vowed not to rest till the ban was implemented.

Ever since occupying the gubernatorial post, Bhardwaj,
a former Union Law Minster, has been openly critical of the
BJP government on various issues, including illegal mining and
law and order, bringing him and the ruling party on a
collision path.

-PTI