BDA allots Rs 13-cr alternative site to wrong person

BDA allots Rs 13-cr alternative site to wrong person

But allotted land is owned by someone else; High Court stays allotment

BDA allots Rs 13-cr alternative site to wrong person

The High Court has stayed the Bangalore Development Authority’s (BDA) allotment of a site worth Rs 13 crore to a man in exchange for the land acquired for the Central Silk Board in 1992.

The BDA’s allotment was riddled with loopholes and faux pas. It has emerged that the allottee, Krishna Reddy, was not the man whose site the BDA had acquired for the CSB more than 20 years ago. Worse still, the land allotted to him by the BDA is owned by someone else.

On October 25, 2012, the BDA allotted an alternative site — measuring about 52,000 sq ft or 43.67 guntas at Bilekanahalli in Begur hobli, BTM 2nd Stage — to Reddy on the supposed assumption that he had let go of his one acre 13 guntas of land in Madiwala village, Begur hobli to it. The BDA had acquired that land for the CSB.

In a letter dated December 17, 2012 — obtained under the Right To Information — the BDA said that it allotted the land to Reddy following an order of its commissioner. The BDA further said the land was free from litigation. The guidance value of the land is Rs 2,500 per sq ft.

In the allotment letter, the BDA further said Reddy had been allotted the alternative site in exchange for his one acre 13 guntas of land in sy No 43/4 in Madiwala village, Begur hobli. He was asked to pay Rs 1.65 crore for the allotted land. 

After the allotment, Reddy sold the land to Chikkarevanna, a resident of Chikkegowdanapalya in Kengeri hobli in Banga­lore South taluk, for Rs 3.5 cr­ore. But in the sale deed dated July 3, 2013, he declared a man na­med B N Govindaswamy Naidu to be the owner, and said he himself was just a General Power of Attorney (GPA) holder.

But the buyer, Chikkarevanna, then transferred the land back to the BDA on August 23, 2013, citing legal hurdles on a Rs 500 stamp paper for reasons better known to him. Surprisingly, the BDA restored the land back to him through a deed of restoration on March 25, 2014, stating that all legal hurdles had been cleared.

The matter raised several questions, for example, why the BDA did not restore the land to buyer instead of the landowner. There was another catch. Evershine Monuments and others, who claimed to be the absolute owners of the land in BTM 2nd Stage, moved the High Court, seeking to stay the BDA’s October 25, 2012 allotment order. On April 16, Justice Anand Byrareddy granted their prayer.