Shettar 'ignored' advice against land grant

Former Chief Secretary S V Ranganath is said to have told the investigating officer from the Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) on Friday that the then chief minister Jagadish Shettar overlooked his objection while granting a piece of land in the City to Sundaresh, son of freedom fighter Suryanarayana Rao in 2012.

The BMTF officer questioned Ranganath in connection with a case registered against Shettar on allotment of a piece of agriculture land near Srigandhakaval, Magadi Road under the Bagair Hukum scheme.

The land, which was earlier allotted to Vokkaliga Sangha, was later granted to Sundaresh. Irked over the allotment, the Vokkaliga Sangha lodged a complaint against Shettar at the BMTF police station a few weeks ago.

According to highly placed sources in BMTF, Ranganath denied his role in the allotment. He is said to have even showed his report opposing such allotment under the Karnataka Land Revenue Act and other rules. 

In the same case, the BMTF had earlier grilled the then Deputy Commissioner of Bangalore Urban District, G C Prakash, who too showed documents for having opposed granting the prime land to Sundaresh. Prakash had reportedly suggested three other pieces of land but Shettar was keen on granting the same piece of land, which was allotted to Vokkaliga Sangha and where Golden Valley Education Trust has its school.

It is learnt that Shettar has approached the Karnataka High Court seeking quashing of the FIR registered against him in the BMTF police station.

The case

The State government had ordered allotment of four acres of agriculture land to Suryanarayana Rao near ITPL on March 16, 1967. However, the land could not be allotted due to objections by the Revenue department. This ensued a long legal battle. In 1989, Suryanarayana Rao passed away and his son Sundaresh continued the fight and finally won the case in 2010.

Vokkaliga Sangha office-bearers alleged that the beneficiary has converted the granted land for commercial purpose instead of agriculture as mandated under the law. They said that the land granted to Sundaresh has benefited a builder.

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