Land allotment: Probe against 14 officials

As many as 14 officials of Bangalore Urban district and a sub-registrar of Stamp and Registration Department would face action for “illegally allotting” land belonging to Basaveshwara temple at Kudlu near Sarjapura in Anekal taluk to the Jagadguru Renukacharya Education Society.

Principal Secretary to Revenue Department, Basavaraju, has directed the Regional Commissioner, Gourav Gupta to initiate action against all 14 officers, after a thorough probe into the allotment of four acres 26 guntas in survey no 128/1 and 128/2. Special Deputy Commissioner Ramanjaneya who is already in soup for his alleged illegal dealings figures in the list.

Basavaraju has also written to the Inspector General of Stamp and Registration Department to initiate action against the deputy registrar for aiding in granting the government land to the education society.

The other people in the list include,  headquarters assistant to the deputy commissioner Nanjundeshwara, election tahsildar K B Sundar Katti, shirasthedar Gangadharaiah, case worker Sumitramma, tahsildar Mallikarjuna, shirasthedar Srinivas, case worker Marimadaiah, deputy tahsildar of Sarjapur office K Gopalaswamy, revenue inspector K Ramachandra, deputy tahsildar K T Krishnappa, revenue inspector S G Chandrashekharaiah and village accountant Thimmarayappa. 

Madhav Prasad Reddy who exposed the scam told Deccan Herald that a building worth Rs 40 crore of the education trust headed by a Swamiji has come up on the land. 

He said that he wrote a seven-page letter to the Chief Secretary two years ago about the scam, who in turn forwarded it to the then principal secretary of the revenue department, Latha Krishna Rao. 

The initial probe by Rao revealed that documents were forged.

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