DKS accused of illegal allotment of residential sites

DKS accused of illegal allotment of residential sites

 Former JD(S) MLA and member of the Anti Land-Grabbing Committee, A T Ramaswamy, on Saturday charged  Energy Minister D K Shivakumar with involving in the illegal allotment of residential sites in the Shanthinagar House Building Co-operative Society.

Ramaswamy, who released a set of documents in this regard to the media, accused Shivakumar’s brother and MP from Bengaluru Rural, D K Suresh, and their sister D K Manjula Chandra, of being beneficiaries in the site allocation scam. While Suresh was allotted a site measuring 2,806 sqft, Manjula was allotted 2,714 sqft of land. The sites were later sold to G Prasad Reddy. Interestingly, Reddy had bought 154 such sites formed by the Society, he added.
Further, documents released by Ramaswamy show that three others, who have received personal loans from Shivakumar, had also purchased sites from the same Society.
Providing copies of the sale deeds of the beneficiaries, among whom Suresh and Manjula’s names were mentioned, Ramaswamy said: “The needle of suspicion points towards Energy Minister D K Shivakumar for illegalities in SHBCS. It is a test Shivakumar has to pass and come out clean. We are ready to face any action if our allegations are proved wrong.”

As per the sale deeds, Suresh and Manjula had their sale deeds executed on the same day – November 3, 2004.
Later, on November 10, 2004, the sale deeds were executed in the name of Vinay Karthik, Shivaram, Hanumantha, H P Kantharaj, Dr Ranganath and Vinod Kumar Krishna, who are said to be known associates and relatives of Shivakumar.
As per the election affidavits of Shivakumar, filed on April 15, 2013, and that of Suresh, submitted before the Election Commission on August 2, 2013, the brothers have had financial dealings with Karthik, one of the allottees.

While Karthik received Rs 20.16 lakh from Shivakumar, he also got Rs one crore from Suresh.
It is also recorded in Suresh’s affidavit that financial dealings were present with K Vinod Kumar, another allottee, with Rs 6.61 lakh being loaned out to him.
Ramaswamy said the family members of Shivakumar were selling land meant for the economically weaker section of society. “The registrar of co-operative societies, in his report in 2010, has said the sale of sites was illegal and that they should be taken back by the government. What is the government waiting for... Trying to protect their own?” he said.

On September 4, 2000, a year and a half after Shivakumar took charge as Co-operation Minister in the S M Krishna government, his brother Suresh signed a sale deed with KSJDE HBCS for the allotment of a 60’ x 40’ sqft site in the controversial Judicial Layout at Allasandra.