Private complaint filed against KIADB officials

 A private complaint was filed on Thursday in the Special Lokayukta Court against top officials of the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board alleging violation of norms while executing a sale-cum-lease agreement in favour of  a private firm in Shimoga.

The complaint names T Sham Bhatt, the former chief executive officer of KIADB (now commissioner of Bangalore Development Authority); present CEO of the Board, Dyaberi; Suma J, Joint Director of KIADB; T C Venkataswamy, Assistant Secretary (Admin); H Gangadharappa and P Eranna, both junior assistants; Ramappa Hegde DDO and M Venugopal, the Managing Director of Peralite Liners Limited.

The complainant - Rizwan Mahadi - has claimed that his father Sadiq Ali Baig was the owner of nine acres 22 guntas in survey number 73/2 of Milaghatta village in Shimoga taluk and the KIADB acquired the land for the expansion plans of Pearlite Liners, a private company which manufactures cylinder liners, valve guides etc.

The lease terms, amongst other, provided that the company should utilise 50 per cent of the acquired land within six years. The conditions stated that the civic works should be completed within 18 months of the date of possession certificate, September 21, 2000.

According to the complaint, the lease terms were never complied with while an assistant engineer of the KIADB submitted a report on January 6, 2004, six years after allotment of land, stating that the company has constructed buildings and production had started at the unit. Following this the Board executed a sale deed in favour of the company on March 19, 2004.

It is alleged that the Board executed the sale deed in order to extend ‘undeserved official favours’ to Pearlite Liners.

Complainant’s father approached the High Court which ruled that he could reclaim the land from the KIADB if it was not used by the allottee company.

Counsel for the complainant stated that T Sham Bhat, in his reply to the government’s letter for return of the land, said the option was not available with KIADB. On the other hand, current CEO, Dyaberi stated that the company had conformed to all the norms by inspecting the site.

The court adjourned the hearing to January 23.

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