DC pays for 'blunder rule' over 2,000 acres of land

 Finally, the government has effected the transfer of deputy commissioner P S Vastrad, who had been in dock ever since he ruled in favour of the royal scion of Mysore Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar over the controversial 2,000 acres of land surrounding Chamundi Hill.

In a sudden development on Saturday, Vastrad was transferred to neighbouring Chamarajanagar district, while N Jayaram who was holding reins of that district has succeeded Vastrad.

Vastrad, in his order dated June 20, 2012, had declared that 1,563 acres and 31 guntas of land (survey number 4) at Kurubarahalli, 259 acres and 29 guntas of land (survey number 39 at Chowdahalli) and 173 acres and 37 guntas of land (survey number 41) at Alanahalli near Chamundi Hill no more fall in the category of ‘B’ kharab as mentioned in RTC till date.

he land in question is considered as ‘aramane kaval’ land, as it was earlier owned by the maharaja of Mysore. It continued to be their property (as claimed by the royal scion in his letter to the then tahsildar seeking khata of the land in aramane kaval) even after the then maharaja Jayachamaraja Wadiyar acceded to the then Union government.

  However, when BJP MLC Go Madhusudhan raked up the issue two months after the order — disclosing the documents to the media — deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa, who holds the revenue portfolio, had summoned the said officer to Bangalore. 

Madhusudhan had alleged that instead of safeguarding the interests of the state, Vastrad had succumbed to the real estate lobby.

In an emergency meeting at the capital, convened by Eshwarappa, the order was found in violation of law and the officer revoked his earlier order, but without seeking objection from the petitioners, the technical grounds on which the single judge bench of high court quashed the order recently.

Earlier, the chief secretary S V Ranganath who had been asked to submit a report in this regard had found that the DC had acted in haste. What was remaining was the action against the deputy commissioner. And, speculations were rife ever since the report and had gained strength one week ago with rumours about the possible transfer of the deputy commissioner.

However, following the transfer of the deputy commissioner, the issue seems to aggravate rather than subsiding, with the royal family of Mysore keen on keeping its fight on, as declared then by Pramodadevi — wife of the royal scion.

Earlier in the morning at a press meet, MLC Go Madhusudhan had bayed for the head of  the deputy commissioner. He had even set a deadline of three days to the government to act on his demand. If the government failed to initiate action, Madhusudhan had warned of staging a dharna in front of the office of deputy commissioner again.

Madhusudhan  had argued that  the medical education and district in-charge minister S A Ramdas had intervened, nixing the possibilities of his (Vastrad) transfer that time, in view of Dasara festival.

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