Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court has sought action taken report by the police officials concerned with regard to representations against the functioning of pubs in the residential area of Indiranagar.
The court was hearing the PIL filed by Defence Colony Residents Association and others, who have moved the court challenging the unchecked mushrooming of pubs in their area. They further allege that pubs were operating in violation of various laws.
In a radius of 2 km, there are over 100 vendors who are operating establishments where alcohol is served, the petitioners stated.
They also contended that they have repeatedly submitted representations to the authorities with regard to the hardships and inconveniences faced by them, but no action has been taken.
They have moved the court seeking directions to the state not to grant further licences for applications seeking to sell alcohol within the vicinity of Indiranagar. The case stands adjourned.
Vishweshwar Bhat plea
The High Court has quashed criminal proceedings against journalists - Vishweswar Bhat and Vinayak Bhat Mooruru pertaining to a matter wherein they were accused of revealing the identity of an alleged rape victim in a report published in a vernacular newspaper in 2014.
Following the newspaper report, an advocate, a third party in the case had filed the complaint citing that the newspaper report has published the photographs along with the name of the rape victim, and hence sought action against the two journalists. Later, the two were charged with the offence punishable under the Sec 228A of the IPC.
Arun Sham, the advocate representing the journalists, had argued that the alleged rape victim had herself given television interviews, along with a series of newspapers articles published in various other newspapers along with her name and photographs.
The victim had not raised any objection but it was the advocate, a third party, who chose only these two journalists alleging the offence, the advocate had argued.
On Thursday, the high court has quashed the case while allowing our submission and also that the accused in the rape case itself got discharged, and moreover the victim has been booked for blackmailing in a separate case, advocate Sham said....