Ashoka, who had been served a police notice last week, came to the Lokayukta office alone at 5.45 pm and remained till 7.15 pm. According to sources in the Lokayukta, Ashoka was questioned by SP P K Shivashankar and investigating officer, DySP Abdul Ahad. He answered several questions regarding denotification of land. Ashoka sought more time to answer some additional questions.
“He was very cooperative and came alone. We have recorded his statements for all the answers he has given us. He will be providing written answers in two days time, to the additional questions for which he did not have satisfactory answers, as he did not have relevant documents with him,” the sources said. The additional questions are said to be about his source of income.
Ashoka might have to appear again, but he has been given the choice of either appearing himself or sending his lawyer. The Lokayukta police have to submit their final report to the Special Lokayukta Court on December 16. The Lokayukta police had submitted a status report on November 20.
The probe is the outcome of a private complaint filed in the Lokayukta Court by Jayaprakash Hiremath. Following the complaint, the Lokayukta Court had asked the Lokayukta police to investigate the complaint and file a report.
According to the complaint, Ashok was responsible for purchasing two pieces of land measuring 14 guntas and 9.73 guntas at Lottegollahalli, even though they were vested with the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). Subsequently, Ashoka had them denotified by then chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, against the advice of the Urban Development Department.