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Chamundi Hills violation: High Court lambasts state govt

Mysuru: There was widespread criticism over violation of lockdown rules at Chamundi Hills recently by some important persons. Sandalwood actor Tugdeep Darshan and many politicians from the ruling BJP were accused of flouting rules during their visit. In fact, the case had reached Karnataka High Court. Advocate Geetha Mishra had filed a petition in the court.

Taking a serious note of the violations, the High Court on Monday lambasted the state government for not initiating any action. Taking up the case on Monday, the bench headed by Justice A S Okha wondered why the state government is reluctant to take action.

On an earlier occasion, the High Court had asked the government to act against anybody found violating the lockdown rules, no matter what their political leanings are. Darshan, BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje and former MLA M K Somashekar had visited the Chamundi Hills without wearing masks and maintaining social distance.  The High Court asked the state government if they were given permission which amounts to violating lockdown strictures.

“There can’t be special treatment. Everyone is the same under the law. Which law permitted actor and politicians to visit the temple and what action has been taken?” the court asked. After the hearing, the case was adjourned to August 11. (MR/KS).

 

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