Mysore, June 17 (KK&DM)- The Karnataka High Court has granted stay to the construction of Raitha Santhe Complex by the Karnataka Exhibition Authority (KEA) on Vani Vilas Road in city.

The High Court has granted stay based on a petition filed by Bangalore's K.N. Ramamurthy and 12 others seeking stay on the construction, a copy of which was handed over to the KEA Executive Officer Chandrasekhar, it is learnt.

Meanwhile, KEA Chairman B.P. Manjunath, who spoke to Star of Mysore, said one Ramamurthy has filed a petition in the High Court claiming that he had bought the Raitha Santhe land belonging to Mysore Maharajas through an auction and as such, the land belonged to him. Now the HC has granted stay until it gives verdict on the matter. But efforts would be made to get the stay vacated and the work on the Raitha Santhe completed, he explained.

The Raitha Santhe was in the the last stage of its completion and the Chief Minister was scheduled to inaugurate it after the Legislative Council elections.

The then DC P. Manivannan, noticing the plight of farmers and traffic jams caused on M.G. Road (now Vani Vilas Road) due to haphazard movement of vehicles, had taken measures for the construction of Raitha Santhe through MUDA at a cost of Rs. 25 lakh. The city-based Nirmiti Kendra has almost finished the construction and only the compound wall is left incomplete.

It may be mentioned here that prior to the petition filed by K.N. Ramamurthy and others, many land developers had run into legal disputes with the KEA regarding possession of land. But the KEA had been successful in winning most of the legal battles.

The Doddakere Maidan was granted by Mysore Maharajas for public use and an agreement in this regard was reached between the Indian Government and Mysore rulers in 1950.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore