'Corporator took loan to pay killers'

Corporator Gowramma and her husband Govindaraju pledged jewellery to obtain a loan of Rs 20 lakh for paying killers to eliminate Lingaraju, an RTI activist, amicus curiae Hashmath Pasha told the High Court on Monday.

During the hearing of the suo motu petition, Pasha alleged that there had been no progress in the investigation and instead there was a cover-up act. “This is a special case while relies more on eyewitnesses than on documentary evidence. If the investigation is not expedited, the case will suffer,” the advocate told the Court.

Pasha pointed out that since the accused is an influential person, the investigation should be completed at the earliest. He said preliminary investigation has revealed that the couple raised Rs 20 lakh by pledging jewellery with a co-operative bank for paying hired killers.

When the Bench suggested a special investigation team, the counsel came up with the names of SP, CID and DySP of Lokayukta who are investigating a disproportionate assets case against Gowramma and her husband.

Affidavits sought

The High Court has directed BBMP and BDA to file affidavits on their status reports pertaining to encroachment of road at MLA Layout. The direction came after the civic agencies made contradicting submissions on allotment of sites.

During the hearing, the counsel for the Palike submitted that the BDA had allotted only three sites in the layout.

However, the BDA counsel termed the submission false and produced documents stating that 75 sites had been allotted in the layout.  “The submission is damaging our image,” the counsel alleged.

Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen said the reputation of both BDA and BBMP had been damaged. The Bench noted that the plan should not have been sanctioned at all. It then directed both the counsels to file affidavits in three days.

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