The High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka in connection with the construction of Indira Canteen at Rajaji Nagara 3rd block at a place that belongs to BDA, reported Kannada Prabha.

Residents of Rajajinagara, Geetha Mishra and 3 others had filed a PIL which was inquired into by chief justice S K Mukherjee and justice P S Dinesh Kumar. The bench issued notices to Chief Secretary, State Government, BBMP Commisisoner, Forest Conservator, City Deputy Conservator of Forest, BDA commissioner and KPTCL MD.

Arguing on behalf of the petitioner G R Mohan said 23.14 acres of land in Rajaji Nagar was handed over by the then Urban Development Authority to KEB in 1949.  Of this around 6.1 acre was considered excess.  This area had grown into a natural forest.  Now, to construct Indira Canteen BBMP had used JCB and broken down the wall and cut several trees.

The same court had earlier investigated into a PIL filed with regard to the same issue and had ruled that an appeal must be submitted to the Chief Secretary in this regard and the Chief Secretary must consider the appeal.  However, even before the Chief Secretary could act on the appeal, BBMP had already started the construction work. Hence the construction work for the canteen must be stopped, BDA must be instructed to take back the 6.1 acre from KPTCL, the appellant requested.

Accordingly the HC issued a notice to the chief secretary.