Press Note: High Court Stays Government’s Circular that violates the rights of Gram Sabhas

Posted on February 16, 2017

The Housing Department of Karnataka had issued a circular that usurped the constitutional power of the Gram Sabhas to select beneficiaries for the housing scheme by handing over that power to a Vigilance Committee composed of legislators. Challenging this move in the High Court, Smt. Nandana Reddy and Sri. Damodar Acharya filed a writ petition (WP 6015/2017) on behalf of the Grama Panchayath Hakkottaya Andolana. The plaintiff for the petitioners, Sri Ravi Verma Kumar made the submission today. Following the hearing, the High Court has stayed the circular number VE 67 HAH 2015, dated 26-11-2015, thereby upholding the constitutional rights of Gram Sabhas.

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