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SC stays Karnataka's controversial 'Akrama Sakrama' law

  • The Karnataka government decided to regularise bylaw deviations in buildings of the state.
  • The Supreme Court has in effect granted a complete stay on the operation of the scheme.
  • The Special Leave Petitions was filed by Namma Bengaluru Foundation and MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
SC stays Karnataka controversial Akrama Sakrama law
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The Special Leave Petitions filed by Namma Bengaluru Foundation and MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar, challenging the 'Akrama Sakrama' laws in Karnataka had come up for hearing before the Supreme Court of India today. 


Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Sajan Poovayya, Senior Advocates, appeared for the petitioners. After hearing them, the Honourable Supreme Court admitted the petition and the same was converted into a Civil Appeal. 


Further, the Supreme Court has granted interim protection that no applications made under the 'Akrama Sakrama' scheme shall be processed, therefore in effect granting a complete stay on the operation of the scheme, until the appeal is heard by the Supreme Court. 


Counsel for BBMP and Karnataka presented their request for expediting the hearings. The petition was not allowed.


The Karnataka government decided to promulgate an ordinance to regularise bylaw deviations in residential and commercial buildings in urban areas of the state by collecting penalty in 2013. 
 
 
Governor H R Bhardwaj had given the green signal to the "Akrama Sakrama" Bill which allowed property owners to regularise their building bylaw deviations, specifically those related to setback and floor area ratio, but this applied to buildings constructed before December three, 2009. 
 
 
Deviations in building constructions are common in urban areas of the state, particularly Bengaluru, and regularisation is expected to generate considerable revenue. 
 

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