Occupancy certificate must for live bands: Karnataka High Court

Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Monday ordered bars and restaurants running live bands from buildings constructed after 1977 to get occupancy certificates and submit their applications to the police within 30 days.

Several restaurants running live bands had challenged the legality of the notice issued by the city police asking them to obtain occupancy certificates (OC) of buildings and making it one of the mandatory provisions to issue licences.

The HC declined the request of live bands to allow them to operate till their applications are considered. For live bands operating in buildings constructed before 1976, the court has ordered the owners to obtain structural stability certificates by jurisdictional officers.

The police had issued closure notices to live bands and bars and restaurants in the city as they had not obtained licences as per the provisions of the Licensing and Controlling of Places of Public Entertainment (Bangalore City) Order, 2005. The court disposed of the matter.

Pattandur Agrahara encroachment: HC stays tribunal order
The Pattandur Agrahara Lake, whose existence dates back to 1043 AD of the King Rajendra Chola era and was facing threats of encroachment, found new hopes of survival on Monday after the Karnataka High Court stayed an order of the Land Tribunal passed in December 1980.

The Tribunal had granted a private party 11 acres and 20 guntas of land (bearing Sy.No.54 in Pattandur Agrahara village).After a series of legal battles over the ownership of land, the revenue department had approached the HC, alleging a fraud in the lake encroachment issue. The state argued that the Land Tribunal has no jurisdiction to grant away a lakebed. It pointed out that the encroacher had obtained court decrees and orders on the basic document, which was supposed to be a Land Tribunal Order. The case was adjourned to July 24, with interim order staying the land tribunal order till further consideration.

Ajitabh missing case
The High Court on Monday asked the state government to submit the original records on the investigation into techie Ajitabh Kumar missing case in a sealed envelope by the next date of hearing.

The court was hearing a plea by Ajitabh’s father seeking a CBI probe into the case. Ajitabh had reportedly gone to meet a potential buyer of his car, who had approached him through e-commerce website OLX, but went missing.

Ajitabh’s father submitted to the court that it has been close to six months since Ajitabh went missing and there is still no development in the case. The state submitted earlier that they are doing their best to trace the missing techie. The court adjourned the hearing to July 5.

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