Cong turns more heat on BJP govt, seeks Lokayukta probe

Congress on Friday lodged a complaint against Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, his son B Y Raghavendra and others, including nine key figures, alleging their involvement in scams worth "thousands of crores of rupees."

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2010, 17:38 PM IST

Bangalore: Congress on Friday lodged a complaint
against Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, his son B Y
Raghavendra and others, including nine key figures, alleging
their involvement in scams worth "thousands of crores of
rupees."

State BJP President K S Eshwarappa, Energy Minister
Shobha Karandlaje, Home and Transport Minister R Ashoka, Major
and Medium Industries Minister Murugesh R Nirani, Katta
Subramanya Naidu (who resigned as Minister today), MLAs S N
Krishnaiah Shetty, Hemachandra Sagar and M P Kumaraswamy and
MLC Bharathi Shetty were others who figured in the complaint
list.

It also named some officers of the personal establishment
of the office of the Chief Minister, Bangalore Development
Authority, Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board
(KIADB), Department of Mines and Geology, Department of Stamps
and Registration and Department of Forest.

The complaint was lodged by Congress leaders V S Ugrappa,
B L Shankar and Appaji alias Channabasavaraj Shankar Rao
Nadagowda on behalf of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.

The Congress submitted papers relating to denotification
of land by KIADB and allotment of sites by BDA flouting norms,
among others, and demanded a Lokayukta probe into the alleged
scams contending that those who figured in the complaint list
have not shown these assets in their annual declarations filed
before Lokayukta and thus suppressed their income and wealth.

Ugrappa later told reporters that the Congress urged
Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde to investigate the allegations, find
out the loss caused to the state exchequer, the persons
responsible for these "illegal acts and omissions" and to
initiate action against them including criminal prosecution.

Hegde told the Congress leaders that he would consider
initiating an inquiry once the High Court passes an order on a
PIL, which sought a direction on who should investigate the
land scam cases -- Lokayukta or the Justice B Padmaraj
Commission.

Asked about the extent of land involved in the scams and
their value, Ugrappa declined comment, saying it`s a matter of
investigation but added: "On the face of it, if you take the
(illegal) denotification of thousand of acres in and around,
the loss to the state exchequer is thousands of crores of
rupees".

PTI