Retired HC judge to probe land scams in Karnataka
Bangalore: The Karnataka government Monday
appointed retired high court judge B Padmaraj to head the
one-man Commission of Inquiry to probe land scams including
denotification of lands in the state from January 1995 till
Illegalities in allotment of `G` category sites by the
Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) under discretionary
quota enjoyed by chief ministers, allotment of industrial
sites by Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB),
besides denotification of lands acquired by these two agencies
will come under the probe, according to the terms of reference
issued by the government here.
The probe also encompasses denotification of land
notified by the Karnataka Housing Board (KHB) and Urban Local
Bodies (ULBs) following allegations of irregularities in
denotifying lands that have surfaced against the B S
Yeddyurappa-led BJP government.
Though Yeddyurappa had announced that irregularities in
allotment of KIADB land and denotification of lands, besides
in BDA from 1994 to till date would be brought under the
probe, the government has chosen to order the inquiry from
January 1, 1995. The Commission has been asked to complete its
inquiry and give its report within one year.
The probe now covers the regimes of H D Devegowda, late J
H Patel, S M Krishna, N Dharam Singh who led Congress-JDS
coalition government, H D Kumaraswamy`s JDS-BJP coalition
ministry and that of the Yeddyurappa government.
The government has chosen to entrust the probe to a
retired high court judge, though it had earlier said it would
be under a retired Supreme Court judge.
The appointment comes at a time when BJP is reportedly
considering easing out Yeddyurappa, who is facing allegations
of corruption and land scam, from the chief ministership.
The government notification has said the commission will
fix responsibility on the persons responsible for such
illegalities. It would also suggest remedial measures to
prevent any illegalities in these matters.
The commission shall have its headquarters at Bangalore
and sittings at such places as it deems necessary, it said.
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