Wednesday, May 26, 2004

HC quashes hope

The High Court has dismissed the petition filed by 109 residents of Basavanagudi against the construction of the National College Flyover stating that it was not in public interest to stop construction. The High Court admitted that it had no expertise in the matter of flyover construction and relied on data submitted by the BMP to conclude that there was an increase in traffic in that area and a flyover was required. The Court also accepted the BMP's submission that concerns about pollution and loss of green life had been taken care of. How? Doesn't the public have a right to know? Is this how our courts function? Give judgements based on data submitted by one of the parties in the dispute without having it verified by an independent third-party?


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