KARNATAKA HC TAKES SUO MOTO CASE ON BURNING DOWN OF SHANTIES OF MIGRANT WORKERS IN BENGALURU

(By – Jyoti)

The Karnataka high court on tuesday directed the registrar general to file a suo moto public interest litigation on the basis of a letter written by Advocate Vaishali Hedge informing about an incident in which temporary shanties of migrant workers were burnt down near the sunday bazaar area in Bengaluru East.

The letter addressed to the Chief Justice Abhay Oka, on may 29, relies on reports published in the times of india and other newspaper which reported about the incident. It says, “The newspaper reports indicate the brazen action by unscrupulous and rowdy elements by taking law into their own hands and deliberately setting fire to the shanties/huts in the slum only with a view to ensure that voiceless and poor migrant labourers/workers are disposed from the land and rendered shelterless.”

A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and justice S Vishwajith Shetty directed the registrar to make the state government and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, as party respondents to the petition and posted the matter for further hearing on June 11.