Shobha among beneficiaries: Plaint

Three more pleas listing nine instances of illegal gratification filed in special court
Last Updated 24 January 2011, 18:44 IST
Shobha among beneficiaries: Plaint

Basha has trained his guns on the family members of Yeddyurappa in the fresh complaints. The chief minister is arrayed as first accused in all the complaints. His son-in-law R N Sohan Kumar, sons B Y Raghavendra and B Y Vijayendra are also made parties. Davalagiri Properties and Bhagath Homes Private Limited promoted by the chief minister and his family members, former minister Krishnaiah Setty, MLC Bharathi Shetty and legislator Hemachandra Sagar are named accused in two complaints.

Chandrashekar B Hipparagi, the special Lokayukta Court judge received the complaints on Monday in the presence of complainant’s counsel C H Hanumantharaya. The judge directed to list the matter on February 1, 2 and 3, after a verification.

Counsel for the complainant C H Hanumanthrayappa submitted that his presence in the court be noted. The matter was adjourned till evening to raise office objections. During the post lunch session, 10 objections were raised and the counsel for the complainant said the defects pointed out will be rectified. The matter was deferred to Jan 31.

Stay application

Hanumantharaya objected to the plea of Sandeep Patil, the counsel for Sohan Kumar, to file two applications seeking a stay on the proceedings. He contended that the accused had no locus standi to file applications unless the court took cognisance of the matter.

However Judge Hipparagi overruled the objection and allowed applications to be filed.
Each of the complaint cites three instances of alleged illegal gratification.

First complaint

Case 1: Yeddyurappa had requested then chief minister N Dharam Singh to allot a site under ‘G’ category to R P Shankar. Shankar was allocated the site on May 24, 2007 and the same was sold to Vinoda Nataraj, mother of Sohan Kumar. Vinoda executed a gift deed to Sohan Kumar.

Loss to exchequer: Rs 1.92 crore.

Case 2:

Yeddyurappa, Davalagiri Properties, Bhagat Homes Private Limited and Shobha Karandlaje derived illegal gratification from Adarsh Developers for granting it vast tracts of land in parts of Bangalore.

The quantum of gratification: At least Rs 7.15 crore.

Case 3:

Criminal breach of trust committed by the chief minister through illegal denotification of five acres 13 guntas in survey no 78 of Nagarbhavi in violation of the Supreme Court and High Court directives.

Second complaint

Case 1: Davalagiri Properties Developers gained pecuniary advantage by violating Sections 3, 4 of Karnataka Land Restriction on Transfer Act 1991.

The money involved: Rs 101.27 crore.

Case 2: Criminal breach of trust by Chief Minister by illegal denotification of land in survey no 15/1, 15/2 measuring two acres 20 guntas in Srirampura village to favour Besto Infrastructure Private Limited.

Burden on state coffers: Rs 54.45 crore

Case 3: Illegal allotment of sites to B Y Raghavendra, son of chief minister and Member of Parliament, and Bharathi Shetty, MLC.

Third complaint

Case 1: Pecuniary advantage to Bhagath Homes Private Limited, the firm promoted by the kith and kin of chief minister (about Rs six crore for allotting two industrial plots by the KIADB)

Case 2: Securing immovable property for the benefit of Health Zone Advisors Private Limited in survey (Sy) no 36/1 and 37/2 at Rachenahalli as gratification for denotifying lands at Rachenahalli causing a loss of Rs 34.41 crore to state exchequer.

Case 3:  Sahyadri Healthcare and Diagnostics Private Limited gained financially by illegal denotification of the land in Sy no 121 at Uttarahalli. Chief Minister’s sons B Y Vijayendra and B Y Raghavendra are share holders in this company. The government lost Rs 175 crore due to this illegal denotification.

(Published 24 January 2011, 18:44 IST)

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