The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the Isha Foundation to maintain status quo in relation to the construction it is carrying out near the famous Nandi Hills in Chikkaballapur district [Kyathappa S v The Secretary]..The order was passed by Chief Justice PB Varale and Justice Ashok S Kinagi in a public interest litigation (PIL) petition calling into question the proposed construction."The parties are directed to maintain status quo as on today, till the next date of hearing," the Court directed. .The petitioner claimed that he was espousing the cause of the general public with respect to the illegal utilisation and exploitation of the land in question for the purpose of business.However, permission was sought to make certain additions to the petition including a challenge to the March 2019 notification issued by the State government allotting land to the Centre.The Court allowed this prayer and gave the petitioner one week to make the amendments. .At the same time, a response was sought from all the respondents and the case was listed for further hearing January 13..According to the petitioner, the government has allowed the Isha Yoga Center to damage the ecosystem in Nandi Hills in violation of environmental laws. It was their stand that this would have a direct impact on the lives of people and wild animals in the area..Advocate M Sivakumar appeared for the petitioner, while advocate Pratima Honnapura represented the State.