Revanna gave govt land illegally: Puttaswamy

Yeddyurappa's camp claim the minister indulged in favoritism, corruption and misuse of powers by allotting Government "gomala" (grassland), graveyard and forest reserve lands totalling 656.27 acre to 290 persons in a taluk in Hassan district in 2007.

The Chief Minister's Political Secretary B J Puttaswamy, who released copy of an enquiry report on the complaint given by N Krishnaswamy of Holenarasipura taluk to Upalokayukta regarding irregularities, said a panel headed by Revanna had decided to allot lands in favour of 290 members who had not even filed application in prescribed form as required under rules.

As per the directions of the Upalokayukta, an Inspection Team headed by G N Nayak, Special Officer, Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL), Bangalore, was constituted last year and it has submitted its report.

As per law, Revanna has no right to head the "bagar-hukum" (unauthorised cultivated land) panel since he was a minister, he said.

Stating that he would write to the Chief Minister on the issue to take stern action, Puttaswamy said lands should be allotted again to eligible families. He also asked the Forest Department to take steps to recover the land allotted to families by the panel headed by Revanna.

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