Court seeks probe report on Muniraju by Dec 17

Court seeks probe report on Muniraju by Dec 17

Lokayukta DySP H S Manjunath, while submitting a status report on the probe, sought six more months to complete the probe.

The Court, however, refused to grant more time.

Puttaswamy, a resident of Kereguddadahalli in Yeshwantpur hobli had filed a private complaint accusing the MLA of fabricating documents to grab the land of Mallamma, his mother-in-law. The Special Lokayukta Court had handed over the probe to the Lokayukta police.

The complaint also names Ranganath, then tahsildar of Bangalore North Taluk, Suresh, a revenue inspector and two more persons - Parameshwarappa and Rajamma -as accused.

In her favour

According to the complaint, the government had acquired one acre and 15 guntas of land belonging to Mallamma under the Urban Land Ceiling Act. When challenged, a Division Bench of the High Court ruled in her favour in 2007 and instructed the government to return the land to the original landowner.

When Mallamma tried to apply for a mutation before the Bangalore North tahsildar, she was prevented from obtaining it by Muniraju and others.

In 2009, Nagaraju, who owned one acre on the adjoining plot, sold one acre and 28 guntas to three others using fake documents.

Keshavamurthy, one of the purchasers, in turn sold 30 guntas to Muniraju after creating false documents. An attempt was also made to transfer 37 guntas of land to Parmeshwarappa and Rajamma. Muniraju sold nine guntas of the non-existent land to one Pushpa.

Using false documents, Muniraju, Parameshwarappa and Rajamma attempted to get mutation of the land belonging to Mallamma. But revenue inspector Ramesh rejected the application as he found the documents suspicious. Ramesh was transferred and his successor Suresh was more obliging and began processing Muniraju’s application for mutation, the complaint said.