Govt to speed up investigation into Bagair Hukum cases: BMTF chief

Reports awaited from DCs of Blore Rural and Urban districts

The Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) chief  R P Sharma on Monday said the Karnataka government would expedite inquiry into Bagair Hukum land deals, as soon as deputy commissioners of Bangalore Urban and Rural districts submit detailed
reports.

Speaking to mediapersons he said only those people who possesed land before April 14, 1990 are eligible under Bagair Hukum. Under the scheme, land is given free of cost to the poor.

He added that once the list of names of those who possessed Bagair Hukum land was submitted, conducting an inquiry would be easy.

Sharma said Mayor D Venkateshmurthy had obtained a stay on the  probe into his possession of Bagair Hukum land. The BMTF has approached the High Court to vacate the stay, he said.

Noting that the Balasubramanyam and A T Ramaswamy reports would help the inquiry, Sharma said that as many as 4,000 applications have been submitted under the Bagair Hukum scheme in Bangalore Urban and Rural districts.

Complaints galore

Added to this, the BMTF has received several complaints demanding probe into illegal ownership of land.

The officer said summons were issued to as many as 310 people regarding cases registered last year.

Of the cases registered, 208 are being investigated. Among those facing inquiry, 62 have been arrested. Moreover, of the 642 complaints registered online, 422 cases have been settled so far.

DLF scam

Sharma declined to comment, when asked if he had written to the chief secretary urging him to conduct an inquiry against a few IAS officers alleged to be involved in the DLF land scam.

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