The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday, 17 January, allowed the “Constitution Club” for legislators to be established at the Balabrooie Guest House in Bengaluru.
The heritage building on Palace Road was proposed as the location for the club by the state government. This proposal was challenged in the high court in a public interest litigation, which alleged trees were being cut across Bengaluru city indiscriminately.
The PIL had alleged that trees are being cut to accommodate the Bengaluru Metro and the proposed Constitution Club.
The court’s directions
A division bench of the high court, comprising Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale and Justice Ashok S Kinagi, directed that the club could be established without harming the heritage building and cutting down any trees on the premises.
Advocate for the government Prathima Honnapura submitted to the court that no harm would be caused to the heritage building and no old trees on its premises would be cut down.
The court was informed that efforts were being made to manage the guest house as a club.
There are 159 trees on the grounds of the Balabrooie Guest House and none of them would be cut, the government’s counsel assured the court.
The court recorded these submissions before allowing the Constitution Club to be set up at Balabrooie.
Chief Justice Varale additionally observed that the Constitution Club at New Delhi has a good library and provides very good coffee.
About Balabrooie Guest House
Built in 1850, Balabrooie is a colonial mansion that has borne witness to the city’s history. It was the home to Sir Mark Cubbon, a British army officer with the East India Company who was the Chief Commissioner of Mysore from 1834 to 1861.
Balabrooie, whose name means “river bank farm” went on to remain as the residence of the Mysuru commissioner till India won its independence.
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