On May 12, the Karnataka HC questioned the State’s delay in disclosing certain details about Nikhil Kumaraswamy’s wedding party. This included the number of movement passes issued for the inter-district movement of attendees. Nikhil Kumaraswamy is the son of the erstwhile chief minister, HD Kumaraswamy.
Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice BV Nagarathna headed the Division bench for the matter. It reprimanded the government by saying that if it doesn’t provide information, an inquiry would proceed. The State’s defence was that the MHA had not initially mentioned a restriction on the number of guests allowed for such gatherings.
The State government claimed that the Deputy Commissioner of Ramanagara should have specified the permitted number of guests. Furthermore, the State also submitted an assurance that such a situation would not take place again. The latest MHA notification had restricted the no. of guests permitted for marriage-related functions, at 50.
The Bench said that the State cannot act as a private litigant by saying that guidelines issued by the MHA did not mention the number of persons. Hence, they asked the State Government to reveal details of vehicle passes granted for the marriage function.
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