FIR against Karnataka minister in land scam

The FIR was filed against Minister for IT and BT of Karnataka, K Subrahmanya Naidu, and his son.

Last Updated: Dec 03, 2010, 00:27 AM IST

Bangalore: In fresh embarrassment to the BJP government in Karnataka, corruption watchdog Lokayukta has filed another FIR against Minister for IT and BT, Katta Subrahmanya Naidu, his corporator-son Jagadish Naidu and their eight associates in a multi-crore land scam.

The charges against them include forgery, cheating,
benami transactions, creating false documents, creating
fictitious firms, among others, Lokayukta Santosh Hegde said.

The associates against whom FIR has been filed include
companies where Subrahmanya Naidu and his son are partners.

Some more associates, including members of private firm
and government officials, would also be included soon.

Hegde said there have also been instances of a company
having entered into an MoU with other firms even before land
was alloted to them.

One of the firms also paid Rs 87 crore to one Indu
builders whose identity is being investigated. Lokayukta is
also probing the role of other family members of Naidu.

In September, Jagadish Naidu was arrested while he was
allegedly trying to influence a witness in a case pertaining
to irregularities in payment of compensation to land owners by
Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB).

The Yeddyurappa government is already facing land scam
allegations including denotification of land and allotment of
prime urban areas to the Chief Minister`s family members who
have however returned them after the charges surfaced.

Yeddyurappa was on the verge of losing his position at the
height of the crisis triggered by the charges but managed to
get a fresh lease of life after the party top brass decided to
give him another chance.

PTI