Monday, July 22, 2013

High Court issues notice to MLA Ashok Kheny

High Court issues notice to MLA Ashok Kheny

Bengaluru: The high court ordered that notices should be issued to the Election Commission and MLA Ashok Kheny, MD of Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise, following an election petition filed by T.J. Abraham, who has challenged his election as an MLA from the Bidar South Assembly Constituency in the recently held state assembly election.

Abraham has challenged the election of Kheny as MLA, mainly on the grounds that Kheny is not a voter anywhere in Karnataka and that he is not a citizen of India as he has voluntarily accepted a citizenship of the US. Also, Kheny is engaged in a contract with the Karnataka government and the same is subsisting still, he contended.

HC warns of CBI probe into state film awards

Rapping both the state government and Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and others concerned over the controversy relating to state film awards, the HC on Tuesday asked why the CBI should not be brought in to investigate state awards since 2009.

Justice Ram Mohan Reddy made the observation when the respondents in the case alleged that the producer who approached the court challenging the state film awards for 2010-11 has made several telephone calls to the members, seeking the award for his film.

They claimed that the producer who frequently bagged the awards has approached the court after the selection committee members and other did not heed to his demand seeking an award for his film. They even produced the list of calls made by the producer.

The state government, which was told to make its stand clear over withdrawal of the awards for 2010-11 by Friday, sought more time. The court adjourned the case to Tuesday.

Producer Basanth Kumar Patil and actress Priya Hassan have questioned the final list of the selection advisory committee for 2010-2011. The court on Thu­rsday had directed the state to withdraw the awards.