Karnataka Court Asks State officers for failing to act on illegal constructions

BENGALURU: The Karnataka High Court has ordered the state government and local government heads to conduct departmental investigations into officers who turn a blind eye to unlawful structures and do not pursue legal action against them.

On Thursday, a bench led by Justice Nagaprasanna issued the ruling while hearing a petition filed by K.S. Eshwarappa, a native of Shivamogga district.

According to the Karnataka Municipal Corporation (KMC) Act, assistant engineers and executive engineers are responsible for inspecting existing illegal buildings inside the boundaries of corporations in the state. If unauthorised structures are discovered, legal action must be taken.

The commissioners of the respective corporations should order a departmental investigation if the officers fail to take action against illegal structures and exhibit dereliction of duty. The court stated that if the policemen are proven guilty, harsh punishment must be taken against them.

There should be no hesitation in prosecuting these policemen. If someone is continuing to erect illegal structures, they should be stopped immediately. The bench stated that officers who support them must face severe consequences.

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