Sworn statements of Yeddyurappa and his family recorded

A local court on Monday completed recording of sworn statements against Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and his family members following a complaint over their alleged involvement in land scams.

Updated: Mar 01, 2011, 00:25 AM IST

Bangalore: A local court on Monday completed
recording of sworn statements against Chief Minister BS
Yeddyurappa and his family members following a complaint over
their alleged involvement in land scams.

The statement recorded before Additional City Civil
and Sessions Court Judge CB Hippargi related to alleged
illegal denotication of 1.28 acre land in Arkavathy Layout
here by Yeddyurappa.

The denotification caused a loss of Rs 28 crore to the
state exchequer, Sirajin Basha, a city-based advocate and one
of the two complainants, alleged.

Armed with Governor HR Bhardwaj`s sanction for
Yeddyurappa`s prosecution, Basha and another advocate KN
Balaraj had filed five private complaints against the Chief
Minister, his son-in-law Sohan Kumar, his sons BY Vijayendra
and BY Raghavendra and others for alleged corruption in land
denotification.

Basha alleged that out of the 1.28 acre, 26 guntas (a
gunta is 1/40th of an acre) belonged to two persons and in
2003 former minister Krishnaiah Shetty took the General Power
of Attorney from them and sold it to Vijayendra and Kumar.

Shetty, Vijayendra and Kumar are named as accused in
the complaints by the two advocates.

Basha also alleged that Shetty bought another 26
guntas from others and also sold it to Vijayendra and Kumar.
Subsequently, in 2008, Shetty submitted an application to
Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to denotify 1.12 acre to
which an official stated that it had to be placed before a
denotification committee for its approval.

Meanwhile, Basha said Principal Secretary and Joint
Secretary to the Chief Minister recalled the file and placed
it before Yeddyurappa, who in turn "denotified the land in
violation of all rules and regulations".

Vijayendra and Kumar got the land converted from
agriculture to non-agriculture category through the then
Bangalore Deputy Commissioner Ramanjaneya, he alleged.

After the land was converted, it was sold to South
West Mining Company for Rs 20 crore causing a loss of "Rs 20
crore to the exchequer", Basha claimed in the statement.

Shetty bought the remaining 16 guntas from others,
which, after being denotified, was sold to Davalagiri property
developers for Rs 60 lakh "causing a loss of Rs 8 crore to the
exchequer", he said.

The Special Judge posted the complaints to March 8th for
further recording of sworn statements. The court had on
Saturday declined Kumar`s plea to stay proceedings on
complaints against Yeddyurappa and his family members over
alleged nepotism in land deals and had fixed February 28 for
recording oral statements and evidence.

PTI