Telangana HC Orders GHMC to Probe into Unauthorised Construction

HYDERABAD: Justice T. Vinod Kumar of the Telangana High Court directed the commissioner of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to conduct a thorough investigation into unauthorised and illegal constructions.

The order was issued in response to a writ petition filed by A.Thiruapathi Reddy challenging the inactions of municipal authorities in addressing complaints about unauthorised and illegal constructions at Govt Press Colony, Saidabad.

The counsel for the petitioner, E. Venkata Siddhartha, contended that GHMC granted permission for the construction of a ground + 2 floors to Mansani Rama, but the construction exceeded the sanctioned plan by adding an additional floor and even a penthouse.

He further contended that such violation was already brought to the attention of the municipal authorities. When all the attempts of the petitioner failed, the petitioner filed the writ petition.

The counsel argued that the failure of the authorities to consider representations made by the petitioner is contrary to the provisions of the TS B-pass Act, which stipulates that any complaint or case brought by a citizen regarding unauthorised construction or deviations from the sanctioned plan must be examined within a week of receipt, with necessary action initiated promptly.

The judge after considering the submissions directed the municipal authorities to adhere to these legal provisions, and further directed the GHMC commissioner to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter and initiate appropriate legal actions as required by the law.

HC orders GP to get details on disallowing mulakat for lawyers

Justice CV Bhasker Reddy of the Telangana High Court on Wednesday issued notices in a case pertaining to mulakat (meeting) of undertrials in jail. The judge was dealing with a petition filed by an advocate Jabali, complaining that he was denied in person meeting with his clients, who were undertrial prisoners at the Cherlapally Central Prison.

The counsel for the petitioner argued that due to restricting the mulakats, the advocates are facing difficulties in securing information from their clients thereby affecting either fundamental right to profession. He further contended that the advocates are the officers of court.

The government pleader for the prisons department informed the court that the undertrials of the petitioner are Naxalites and terrorists who are not allowed to meet the advocates in person as it is not specified in the prison manual. The court, while directing the government pleader to obtain detailed instructions, posted the case to two weeks.

HC refers Congress plea on detentions to division bench

Justice CV Bhasker Reddy of the Telangana High Court referred to a division bench a petition complaining of police harassment of Congress workers. The writ petition was filed by former Gajwel MLA Tumkunta Narsa Reddy and other party workers.

The counsel for the petitioner contended that police officers of the Siddipet district are bringing the petitioners and sympathisers to the police stations and detaining them illegally. The police are also obtaining their signatures on the printed forms without following proper procedure and relevant provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

The government pleader informed the court that the procedure is being followed and no violations are taking place. The court, after hearing both sides, observed that the prayer in the petition is involving members other than petitioners, and referred the case to a division bench.

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