Bangalore: Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj has
given sanction to Lokayukta police to prosecute former
minister Katta Subramanya Naidu in connection with the
Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board scam.
Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde said here that the
Lokayukta police would now file a chargesheet in court against
Naidu, a former Information Technology and Biotechnology
"We have obtained that (Governor`s sanction). It`s the
first step towards trial," said Hegde, a former Supreme Court
judge and also member of joint drafting committee on the
Asked if there is a possibility of the detention of the
MLA, he said, "That depends on the requirement of Lokayukta
police... whether they want him for further interrogation. He
will have (anyway) to appear in the court."
Naidu, a senior BJP leader, resigned as minister from the
BS Yeddyurappa Cabinet in December last year, after Lokayukta
filed an FIR against him and nine others.
The FIR pointed to irregularities in allotment of 385
acres to ITASCA Software Company, floated by an aide of Naidu.
For allotment of land and obtaining consent of farmers,
most of whom were family members and associates of Naidu and
his son Jagadish, illegal gratification of Rs 87 crore was
allegedly paid to a benami company of Naidu and Jagadish, it
Charges such as forgery, cheating, benami transactions,
creating false documents, and creating fictitious firms had
been made out against the accused in the FIR.