HC disposes of PIL against Janardhana Reddy

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday disposed of a PIL charging former tourism minister G Janardhana Reddy with flouting a lower court directives by not appearing before it despite nine non-bailable warrants issued against him.

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2011, 16:24 PM IST

Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday
disposed of a PIL charging former tourism minister G
Janardhana Reddy with flouting a lower court directives by not
appearing before it despite nine non-bailable warrants issued
against him.

A division bench disposed of the plea after Principal
Secretary Home, S M Jamdar filed a report indicating that the
department would take action against the concerned constable,
inspector and other officials upto level of DySP for
non-execution of NBWs by "misleading the court, lying and
perjury", given the fact that Reddy was very much present in
Bellary when the warrants were issued by JMFC court, Sandur.

Jamdar, in his report, stated that the department would
initiate action against the said officials within a week.

Additional Advocate General K M Nataraj said the
government would within a month deploy a constable each in the
criminal courts in the state exclusively for purpose of
execution of warrants and summons.

The PIL by advocate G R Mohan also sought a mandamus
directing the Home Secretary and DGP to ensure that
warrants/summons issued by criminal courts in the state,
should be executed promptly for speedy trial.

In the light of the report filed by Jamdar and assurance
given by Nataraj, a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and
Justice Ashok B Inche disposed of the PIL.

Reddy is currently in judicial custody in Hyderabad
after CBI, probing alleged illegal mining and irregularities
in allotment of mining leases to his Obulapuram Mining
Company, arrested him from Bellary on September 5.

PTI