BENGALURU: A Sherlock Holmes may be needed to trace the missing lakes of Bengaluru, high court chief justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka said in a lighter vein on Thursday. He was hearing a batch of PILs on the lakes and made this remark after he was given different numbers of the water bodies in Bengaluru, ranging from 168 to 420. The court was also told that 15-20 lakes were extinct or had lost their character. While the BBMP’s website showed it to be 210, a statement submitted by the civic body on the last occasion claimed there were 168 lakes under its control. In the 2014 court order, it was mentioned that 183 lakes were with the BBMP. But another report said Bengaluru had around 420 water bodies and the Lake Development Authority’s (LDA) survey report said there were 374. The government, meanwhile, informed the court that it is not averse to the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), a central agency, conducting an audit of the city’s lakes and suggest measures for improving them. Taking note of the same, the high court adjourned the case hearing to Monday, indicating that it would pass necessary orders on the issue then.