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Bangalore Riots: Centre likely to pass order transferring 2 cases involving UAPA charges to NIA, Karnataka HC told

The NIA told the Court that the Centre was likely to make the transfer in a day or two, and that the notification to be passed in this regard would be placed on record by next week.

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Karnataka High Court was informed on Friday that the Central Government is likely to pass an order, either today or tomorrow, transferring the investigation of two cases concerning the Bangalore riots to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The Bench was further informed that the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) had been applied in both the cases that are likely to be transferred.

The development was informed to a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi during hearings in a batch of pleas filed in connection with the Bangalore riots of August 11.

Adding on, the counsel appearing for the NIA further apprised the Bench that the notification in this regard would be placed on record by next week.

During the course of the hearing, the State Government told the Bench that a memo dated September 11 had been placed on record appointing Justice (retd.) HS Kempanna as the Claims Commissioner to estimate and investigate damages caused to property during the riots.

The State has apprised the Court that a nodal officer had been appointed to ensure that all necessary infrastructure and other facilities are provided to Justice (retd.) Kempanna.

As the hearing progressed, the Court also allowed an impleading application to make Union of India, a party in the batch of pleas.

The State Government further told the Bench that the name and details of persons arrested in connection with the Bangalore riots have been displayed on notice boards outside police control rooms as per Section 41C of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

The matter will be taken up next on September 21.

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