K’taka govt orders probe into land purchases of Gowda family
Bangalore: In a tit-for-tat offensive against
the family members of former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda,
BJP government in Karnataka today ordered a probe into certain
land deals said to have been made by them.
Hitting back at the JD-S chief and his sons, who have been
repeatedly levelling charges against Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa, the ruling government began an enquiry into grant
of 82.10 acres of government land in Paduvalahippe village in
Hassan district, allegedly in violation of Land Reforms Act.
The land secured included 4.39 acres of tank, which was
breached and converted into a farm in the name of Gowda`s wife
Chennamma, and later transferred to his son H D Revanna.
Giving details of the probe against the Gowda family, B J
Puttaswamy, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, told
reporters that revenue authorities in Bangalore division had
served a notice on H Kavitha, wife of H D Balakrishna Gowda,
eldest son of Gowda, for purchasing 8.06 acres at Chikkagubbi
village on the city outskirts.
She has been asked to appear for enquiry along with
documents on February 23.
"The lands purchased by family members of Gowda are in
violation of Land Revenue Act Section 79 A, which bars anyone
having non-agricultural income exceeding Rs two lakh from
buying agricultural lands. All those who have purchased lands
are Income Tax assesses and cannot purchase lands," he said.
Notices have also been issued to Gowda`s another son,
former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, who has purchased 21.36
acres near Bidadi in Ramanagara district and another piece of
land measuring 22.21 acres in the same area, which he got as
"gift" from his mother-in-law Vimala.
Puttasamy said the above lands belong to SC/ST people
which was granted by the government and purchase of these
lands by others was violative of rules.
Kumaraswamy has also been slapped with a notice for
purchasing 6.38 acres from a SC person.
Vimala was given a notice, stating that she violated rules
by purchasing lands.
The BJP has accused JD-S of colluding with Congress to
topple the first ever BJP government in the south.
"Revanna and Kumaraswamy have been repeatedly saying they
would retire from politics if anyone proved allegations of
illegal land grabbing and irregularities in purchase of lands
by them. Now I have proved it with documentary evidence. When
will they retire from politics," Puttaswamy said.
Housing Minister V Somanna, who was also present, charged
that Devegowda has been "intolerant" to Chief Ministers from
the majority Lingayat community. He had troubled S R Bommai, J
H Patel, S Nijalingappa and now Yeddyurappa, he said.
Sommana said the mudslinging politics should come to an
end and asked Revanna to prove his charge with documents that
Yeddyurappa had purchased lands worth Rs 1,000 crore in the
last 50 months.
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