19 BBMP officials charged in TDR scam

Nineteen BBMP officials have been charged with forgery, cheating and tampering of records in connection with transferable development rights (TDR) scam by Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force.

 The case has been registered under Sections 409, 420, 218 and 120 (B) of IPC and Article 441 and 436 (A) of Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act. The task force will investigate the case beginning 1999, till date, which was registered based on a complaint by Yediyur BJP corporator, N R Ramesh. 

Ramesh had accused the 19 officials, including BBMP joint commissioners of Mahadevapura Zone, Yelahanka Zone, Bommanahalli Zone, Rajarajeshwari Nagar Zone, BBMP officials in Town planning section, chief engineers, deputy commissioners, executive engineers, TDR dealers, contractors and surveyors, of involvement in the multi-billion-rupee scam.

Alleging that a scrutiny of 46 TDR files revealed scam running into thousands of crores of rupees, he said, the TDRs were issued on properties out of the BBMP limits.
Old roads which existed decades ago were now shown as roads to be widened, for which TDRs were given  to owners of properties on these ‘roads’.

The TDR mafia, he has said, colluded with surveyors to draw bogus topographical survey sketch and alignment drawings. Officials intentionally showed requirement of more land than actually needed to issue TDR and issued Development Rights Certificate.

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