Private plaint against CM to be filed before Guv today

Private plaint against CM to be filed before Guv today

Advocate associated with BJP's Legal Cell may meet Vajubhai Vala

Private plaint against CM to be filed before Guv today

An advocate associated with the BJP Legal Cell is all set to file a private complaint before Governor Vajubhai Vala on Friday requesting him to sanction the prosecution of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for “permitting deletion of 122 acres of land from the Arkavathi layout.”

Sources said none of the senior BJP leaders would be meeting the governor. Instead, Advocate Narataj Sharma will file the complaint. There was no official confirmation on whether the governor had given an appointment to the complainant to meet him.

BJP leaders, including Jagadish Shettar and Pralhad Joshi, were on Thursday revising the documents to be submitted to the governor.

However, the party was not sure whether its legal cell would submit the petition or an individual would be doing it.

It is said the petition runs into two volumes – one highlighting the instances explaining how the lands were deleted from the purview of Arkavathi Layout, and another containing annexures having the BDA and government notifications.

It is said that though the BJP could source the documents pertaining to the deletions, it could not identify the beneficiaries of the government’s gesture as it could not access relevant documents from the BDA. Also, the execution of khatas for those who got the land was stopped after the BJP raised objection.

‘Tagible evidence’

Joshi said the sanction for prosecution would be sought as per Section 19 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. “There is tangible evidence of irregularities  by the chief minister in the denotification of land in Arkavathi Layout. A case will be filed in the appropriate court of law after obtaining the sanction,” Joshi said.

The Section states that no court will take cognisance of an offence committed by a public servant, except with the previous sanction by a competent authority.

The competent authority in the case of the chief minister is the governor.

Pralhad Joshi, State BJP PRESIDENT: There is tangible evidence of irregularities  by the chief minister in the denotification of land in Arkavathi Layout. A case will be filed in the appropriate court of law after obtaining the sanction

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