Karnataka High Court fines petitioners with Rs 15 lakh cost

Bengaluru: In a rare instance, the Karnataka High Court on Thursday imposed a cost of Rs 15 lakh to 11 petitioners who had moved the court questioning the tender invited by Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Tiptur, to construct its administrative building block at a cost of Rs 4 crore.

The court imposed the cost after dismissing the PIL filed by 11 petitioners challenging the huge amount of money being spent towards the construction of the block.

While the court imposed Rs 5 lakh on one H.B. Diwakar, a resident of Hogavanghatta, Tumakuru, the rest of them were fined with one lakh each for suppressing and misusing the jurisdiction of the plea filed in public interest.

The main petitioner, Diwakar, had to face the judicial wrath as he failed to disclose the fact that as being an APMC member he had participated in the meeting which decided in favour of constructing the said building.

The court has directed the petitioners to pay the costs to the Tumakuru Deputy Commissioner.

State okays kidney transplants
After facing some tough questions, the State Government on Thursday submitted before the High Court, an order passed by the State level Authorisation Committee for Transplantation of Human Organs granting permission to Varsha Sharma to donate her kidney to Col. Pankaj Bhargava for kidney transplant.

The order was passed by the authorisation committee in an emergency meeting called by the committee following the High Court's order on Wednesday.

The order also stated that recipient is permitted to undergo the transplantation at the Columbia Asia Hospital, Hebbal by the doctors authorised by the appropriate authority.

Varsha had moved the court after the Commissioner for Health and Family Welfare Department denied to grant her permission on April 10, 2018 to donate kidney to Col. Pankaj Bhargava who was serving in Pune. 

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