Bangalore: CID files charge-sheets in land grabbing cases

The CID has filed charge-sheets against seven persons, including three government servants and a woman, in two different cases of land grabbing in Bangalore and Bellary districts.

Bangalore: The CID has filed charge-sheets
against seven persons, including three government servants and
a woman, in two different cases of land grabbing in Bangalore
and Bellary districts.

In the first case, the CID filed charge-sheet against
three government servants in connection with the alleged
grabbing of prime land worth about Rs 20 crore here belonging
to Muzarai (Religious Endowment) Department, a CID release
said today.
The CID has chargesheeted T G Ramachandra, Second
Division Assistant, H C Srinivasalu, Assistant Revenue Officer
and T S Sheshadri, Revenue Inspector (deceased), all of the
city corporation (BBMP-Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike).

It has also chargesheeted individuals Shamanna and
Venkatesh for cheating, forgery, creation of false documents
and criminal conspiracy, the release said.

Investigation into the alleged land grabbing was
initiated following a complaint by BBMP Deputy Commissioner.

The release said as per the complaint, the land was
donated by late Chowbeen Subbarao to the Muzarai department
about 100 years ago. The property at 3rd main road,
Chamarajpet here, is a site of 90 by 110 feet and includes
nine shops and a house.

Investigations revealed that three officials entered into
criminal conspiracy with the two individuals and got the land
registered in their names by resorting to forgery and creation
of false documents, it said.
It added that subsequent to registering the land in his
name, the SDA, T G Ramchandra, also fraudulently entered into
an agreement with Shamanna and Venkatesh to buy the property.

In the second case, chargesheet was filed against two
persons, including a woman, in a land grab case in Bellary
district, the release said. They were also arrested.

Chargesheet was filed against Jagannath, the mastermind
behind the crime and Ambamma, a woman who claimed herself to
be a representative of the Good Shepherd Convent and illegally
sold its land to the former, it said.

The CID said illegal mining of iron ore was taking place
in the land, which is situated in the forest in Ramghad
village, Sandur taluk of Bellary district. A case had been
registered by Forest Department over illegal mining of iron
ore there.

During the inquiry, which was first taken up by the
police and then taken over by the CID, it was established that
some persons had created false documents and sold the land to
private individuals, the statement said.

Lady Superior of Good Shepherd Convent, Bellary, who
claimed ownership of the land, lodged a criminal case against
one Jagannath and others in Sandur police station.

Investigations revealed that the land did not belong to
Government but to Good Shepherd Convent and that Ambamma sold
the land with bogus documents.

PTI

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