HC stays FIR against Revanna

HC stays FIR against Revanna

The High Court of Karnataka on Thursday stayed a first information report (FIR) filed against former minister and JD(S) leader H D Revanna in connection with his role in alleged denotification of land.

Hearing a petition filed by Revanna seeking the quashing of the FIR, Justice Govindarajulu admitted the petition and stayed the investigation against him.

The Lokayukta police had on May 4 registered an FIR against Revanna and former chief minister Dharam Singh following a private complaint filed by Ravi Kumar, a resident of Turuvekere in Tumkur district.

According to the complaint, Dharam Singh was responsible for illegal denotification of land, which was sold to Kavitha Balakrishna Gowda, the sister-in-law of then energy minister, Revanna. Kavitha is also an accused in the complaint.

The complainant has stated that 10 acres and 17 guntas of land in survey numbers 22, 24/1 and 24/2 in Hosahalli of Uttarahalli hobli in Bangalore South taluk, was notified by the Bangalore Development Authority for the construction of Bangalore-Kanakapura Main Road and for further extension of Banashankari 6th Stage.

In April 2005, the landowners entered into a sale agreement with Kavitha for sale of 2 acres and 20 guntas of this land. Dharam Singh issued a denotification order on October 25, 2005, without considering the objections of the Urban Development department and without placing it before the denotification committee.

On December 9, 2005, Kavitha executed a sale deed for the property for Rs 50 lakh. The same property was sold to Sobha Developers by Kavitha for Rs four crore a little later the same day. The rest of the landowners also sold the remaining property to Sobha Developers.

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