Lokayukta police asked to probe Yeddyurappa case

The Special Lokayukta Court on Tuesday directed the Lokayukta police to conduct an inquiry and obtain certified copies from the authorities concerned, of the documents that have been submitted to substantiate the allegations of disproportionate assets case against former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.

The Court, which had taken cognisance of the complaint had recently completed recording the sworn statement of the complainant Vinod B, a Shimoga-based advocate.

Judge N K Sudhindra Rao directed Lokayukta DySP Abdul Ahad to obtain the certified copies from the office of the Deputy Commissioner and the sub registrar for the Bhadravathi area to ascertain the existence of the documents submitted to the Court by the complainant. The matter has been posted to August 2.

The complaint alleges that the properties have been obtained in the name of Yeddyurappa’s relatives and associates. 

The complaint states that B K Somashekar, Adilakshmamma, B S Umadevi, B K Radhamani and H V Manjunath purchased 69 acres of land on Survey No 13 at Hunasekatte village of Bhadravathi taluk from S J Mathais and sale deeds were executed on January 6, 2007.

Later, all the four submitted applications to the Deputy Commissioner on December 20, 2008 for conversion from agricultural land to industrial purpose.

On February 14, 2009, the Deputy Commissioner waived 75 per cent of land conversion fee as the four said they intended to start industrial units for the manufacture of readymade garments and on December 18, 2009 granted permission for conversion.

On August 7, 2009 all the four sold their share of the 69 acres to Dhavalagiri Properties for a sum of 51.30 lakh. 

The complaint alleges that 18 acres were encroached and part of Hunasekatte Reserve Forest and the land abutted the Bhadra Tiger Reserve.

The complainant submitted that these four have now purchased 250 acres in Echavadi village and sale agreements were executed on the condition that absolute sale deeds would be executed after the conversion of land from agricultural to non-agricultural purposes.

The complaint states that Yeddyurappa and his son were indulging in land conversion deals and utilising them for benaami transactions.

It is also alleged that Yeddyurappa misused his powers and got the conversion done in a short time and he and his son had abused their posts as public servants.

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