Yeddyurappa govt seeks judicial probe into land scams

BJP government in Karnataka on Thursday decided to order a judicial probe into denotification of land in the last 10 years.

Bangalore: Under intense opposition pressure
over alleged land scams, the BJP government in Karnataka on Thursday decided to order a judicial probe into denotification of land
in the last 10 years.

The probe will be conducted either by a retired Supreme
Court or High Court judge.

A cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa took the decision to order the probe into
denotification of land by Karnataka Industrial Area
Development Board and Bangalore Development Authority in the
last decade that covers the Congress and H D Kumaraswamy-led
JD(S)-BJP rule.

"If a retired Supreme Court judge is unavailable, then the
inquiry will be headed by a retired High Court judge,"
Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwara
Hegde Kageri told reporters here.

The terms of reference would be decided later by
Yeddyurappa, who is enmeshed in controversy over allotment of
KIADB lands to his daughter and denotifying lands BDA acquired
to favour his sons-- B Y Raghavendra, B Y Vijendra and
son-in-law Sohan Kumar.

Yeddyurappa, who had two days ago announced that he would
elicit the opinion of opposition leaders on having a judicial
probe, however dropped the consultation idea and decided to go
in for the inquiry.

A belligerent JD(S) stepped up its pressure, filing a
complaint against Yeddyurappa with the Lokayukta for
denotifying lands, claiming it was a Rs 5,000-crore scam to
favour his family members and others.

"We have filed a 580-page complaint before Lokayukta with
specific allegations against the Chief Minister for
denotifying valuable government land to favour members of his
family, including his sons Raghavendra and Vijay Kumar and
some others," JD(S) spokesperson Y S V Dutta told reporters.

Yeddyurappa came under opposition attack after he
denotified about two acres acquired by BDA for the Arkavathy
residential layout, allegedly favouring his sons and

He also faced allegations of allotting land for
industrial purpose to his daughter Umadevi and in favour of
some people including a mines owner, causing a major
embarassment to the first ever BJP government in the South.

In the midst of the snowballing controversy, Yeddyurappa
defended his action, asserting he had not done anything in
violation of rules. The practice of denotification has been
going on during the time of previous government as well.