Exoneration of Ashoka to be challenged

The exoneration of Home Minister R Ashoka in a private complaint will be challenged in the Court by the complainant.

During the hearing in the Special Lokayukta Court on Tuesday, Ponnnanna K S, the counsel for the complainant submitted that they would point out inconsistencies in the findings of the Lokayukta police.

The counsel, said they were not withdrawing the private complaint but would only challenge the ‘B’ report submitted by the Lokayukta police.

He said there were certain legal impediments as the Governor had earlier rejected the sanction of  Ashoka’s prosecution when Manjunath, an RTI activist, filed a complaint on the same grounds.

The matter has been adjourned to February 10. According to the private complaint filed by Jayaprakash Hiremath, Ashoka purchased two pieces of land in Lottegollahalli in Bangalore North taluk even though they were vested with the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).

Subsequently the minister had them denotified by the then chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, against the advice of the Urban Development Department.

The complaint states that BDA had acquired 18 guntas of land in survey number 10/1 at Lottegollahalli for the Rajmahal Vilas II Phase through a final notification on April 23, 1988. Of the 18 guntas, the BDA utilised 8.27 guntas for the Outer Ring Road. The owners, G Shamanna and others, sought denotification of the remaining 9.73 guntas which remained unused.

On February 26, 2003, Shamanna executed a sale deed in favour of Ashoka for a meagre Rs 3.42 lakh even though the land had not been denotified and was still in the possession of BDA.

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