Court takes cognisance of complaint against Devegowda & family

A local court took cognisance of a complaint by a city based-advocate against former PM and JD(S) leader HD Devegowda and his family members for their alleged involvement in land and illegal mining scams.

Updated: Mar 01, 2011, 00:04 AM IST

Bangalore: A local court on Monday took
cognisance of a complaint by a city based-advocate against
former Prime Minister and JD(S) leader HD Devegowda and his
family members for their alleged involvement in land and
illegal mining scams.

The 23rd Additional Civil and Sessions Court judge CB
Hippargi directed its office to register the complaint as a
private one and posted the matter to March 9th for recording
sworn statement of the complainant.

The complainant Vinod had charged Gowda and his family
with illegally acquiring 82 acres of land in Holenarasipura in
his home district of Hassan, meant for landless people, "using
their political power."

He alleged Gowda`s son HD Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister
had in 2007 allotted 80 acres to Vishwabharathi Housing
Cooperative Society, violating the Supreme Court order
(as per which land should not be allotted in bulk to any
private Society). The Society had alloted a 80/150 feet site
to his wife Anita Kumaraswamy.

Vinod alleged Kumaraswamy, during his reign as Chief
Minister, renewed the 20-year pending mining and transport
licence of Janthakal Mining Enterprises without necessary
sanction from official authorities, including the forest
department and pollution control board.

He also pointed out that the mother-in-law of HD Revanna,
Gowda`s other son, had purchased some land belonging to
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in violation of
Prohibition of Transfer of Certain Lands (PTCL) Act, which she
subsequently "gifted" to Revanna.

Vinod had filed the complaint before the Lokayukta Court
earlier this month.

PTI