Suresh Kumar denies charges

Law Minister Suresh Kumar on Sunday denied allegations that he had illegally denotified land and termed the complaint against him with the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) ‘political motivated’ with the sole intention of defaming him.

In a statement to the press a day after BMTF registered a first information report (FIR) against him on a complaint that he illegally denotified land in favour of the brother of a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary, Kumar claimed he had not issued any orders to denotify land.

“I have no authority to denotify land coming under the jurisdiction of BMTF or any party of Bangalore. I have not issued any orders to denotify land,” he claimed.

The minister said there was no merit in the argument that he had wronged by referring the file seeking denotification of land to the Advocate General for legal opinion. “As Law minister I was only discharging my duties. I only referred the file to the AG for his opinion and forwarded the same to the urban development department.”

The complainant Dinesh Kallalli had charged Kumar and three others of misusing their powers for returning four acres and 20 guntas of land, acquired by the government under the Karnataka Urban Land Ceiling Act to construct houses for slum dwellers at Laggere, to the original owner.

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