Bengaluru riots: Karnataka HC directs state govt to submit probe report; seeks response on NIA investigation

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On the plea to appoint Claims Commissioner, the bench said that it would pass an order after receiving consent from two retired high court judges

The Karnataka High Court directed the state government to place on record the measures taken in connection with the investigation into the Bengaluru riot early this month.

In the case, the court on Tuesday also sought the government’s view to invoke the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA), the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and transfer of the investigation to National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The direction is based on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a probe by the NIA under the supervision of the court into the riots that took place in DJ Halli and K G Halli of Bengaluru on August 11, reported Deccan Herald.

The high court also directed the Karnataka government to place on record the investigation report in the next hearing.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Sreeniwas Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi issued the direction after hearing two PILs on Monday in connection with the violence and arson in the tech city.

On the plea to appoint Claims Commissioner, the bench said that it would pass an order after receiving consent from two retired high court judges namely Justices PGM Patil and K N Phaneendra to appoint one of them as the Claims Commissioner, reported The New Indian Express.

Last week, the state government filed a plea seeking directions to appoint a Claims Commissioner to assess the damage to public and private properties during the violence, fix liability, and award compensation to the affected people as per the 2009 Supreme Court order.

A Seshadripuram resident Girish Bharadwaj moved the high court seeking NIA probe into the violence that shook the city after the relative of a Congress MLA posted an objectionable post on social media.

The petition expressed the concern that the violence appeared to be pre-planned and it also violated the coronavirus norms.

Three persons were reportedly killed in the police action to control the violent mob and several people including police personnel injured in the incident.

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