A resident whose land was acquired for road widening 30 years ago, has claimed that a City court has ordered attachment of some of the Palike properties including 16 vehicles for the non-payment of compensation in the land acquisition case.
Lakshmipathi, a petitioner in the case against the BBMP, told Deccan Herald that way back in 1984, the then municipal corporation had acquired 1.3 acres of his land in RT Nagar for widening of a road. However, compensation was not paid to him for 20 years. It was only in 2004, that the then Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) paid Rs 30 lakh, he said. Lakshmipathi had approached the court demanding interest for 20 years.
Lakshmipathi claimed that the court ordered the BBMP to pay a compensation of Rs 1.47 crore, which it did not comply with. Finally, the court passed an order to attach the Palike's properties including 16 vehicles.
When contacted, the BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana said he would not comment on the issue without looking into the court order. However, he made it clear that nobody can attach properties.
“The total amount to be paid is Rs 27 lakh, which we are ready to pay, but the person wants more from us. If somebody tries to act smart with us, we will sue them,” the commissioner said.
Sources in the Palike rejected Lakshmipathi’s claim that he was paid only Rs 30 lakh. They claimed that he was given Rs 66 lakh in 2004 and the total payable amount was Rs 27 lakh and not Rs 1.47 crore as he claimed.
It is learnt that the BBMP has obtained a stay on the civil court order and the matter has been posted to Wednesday.