Clean chit to K`taka Home Min in land scam case

Last Updated: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 18:14

Bangalore: Karnataka Home Minister R Ashok was
on Friday given a clean chit by Lokayukta police before a court in a case pertaining to alleged misuse of office in land denotification.

The Lokayukta police submitted a report to Lokayukta Judge N Sundhindra Rao, exonerating the minister of the charge into which it had ordered a probe, based on a complaint by an RTI activist.
Lokayukta police submitted that it was the fault of the
land owner and sub-registrar, and not Ashok, for registering
the property, which the minister had bought after it was
notified by Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).

As per law, BDA notified land cannot be sold and
sub-registrars should not facilitate any such sale, it
contended.

"Hence the Home Minister cannot be faulted for buying
notified land," Lokayukta police said.

Moreover, Lokayukta police said the original land owner,
not Ashok, gave a letter to former Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa, asking for denotification of the land.
After the report was submitted, the judge directed RTI
activist Jayakumar Hiremath to file his objections and posted
the hearing to January 6.

Hiremath had filed the complaint accusing Ashoka of being
involved in illegal denotification of government land, causing
an estimated loss of Rs 50 crore to the state exchequer.

He had alleged the minister had secured denotification of
23.12 guntas (a gunta is 1/40 of an acre) of land belonging to
Bangalore Development Authority when B S Yeddyurappa was the
Chief Minister.

The activist, however, has said he would move the Supreme
Court.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 18:14

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