Land scam: Police asked to submit report by Nov 21

A local court directed Lokayukta police to submit final report by Nov 21 in a land scam involving Karnataka Home Min and former CM BSY.

Bangalore: A local court on Saturday directed
Lokayukta police to submit final report by November 21 in a
land scam allegedly involving Karnataka Home Minister R Ashoka
and former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa.

Lokayukta Special Court judge NK Sudhindra Rao said he
would pass orders in the case, if Lokayukta police failed to
submit final report by that date.

RTI activist Jayakumar Hiremath had filed a complaint
accusing Ashoka of being involved in illegal denotification of
government land causing an estimated Rs 50 crore loss to the
state exchequer.

In his complaint, Hiremath said the minister had
allegedly denotified 9.12 guntas and 14 guntas (a gunta is
1/40 of an acre) of land belonging to Bangalore Development
Authority in Lottegollahalli when BS Yeddyurappa was the
chief minister.

Yeddyurappa, who is already in judicial custody in
connection with another corruption case, is the second
accused in the complaint.

On October 21, Lokayukta police had filed an FIR against
Ashoka and Yeddyurappa on charges of being involved in illegal
denotification of government land.

When the case came up, Lokayukta Deputy SP Abdul Ahad
sought two months time for examining more than 25 witnesses
and documents related to the illegal denotification of
government land.

Overruling Ahad`s request, Justice Rao directed Lokayukta
police to submit the final report by November 21 after he was
given to understand that a forensic examination of documents
was not required in the particular case.

PTI

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