False affidavit: Lokayukta closes probe against Congress leader

The Lokayukta has closed the inquiry against former Legislative Council chairman V R Sudarshan, as the charges that he had filed a false affidavit with the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) was not proved.

The complaint was filed by social activist T J Abraham stating that Sudarshan had filed a false affidavit with the BDA to obtain a site under the ‘G‘ category despite one of his family members owning a site.

The Lokayukta police inquiry revealed that no site was allotted to Sudarshan or any of his family members when the ‘G’ category site was allotted to him by the Bangalore Development Authority in 2001.

The inquiry report stated that NTI Housing Co-operative Society, which was forming Rajiv Gandhi Nagara Layout, had proposed to allot a site to Sudarshan’s wife B R Pushpa in 1997.

However, because the Society was involved in a legal battle with the BDA, it took almost 13 years for the layout to be approved.

The BDA had approved 60 per cent of the sites proposed by the Society in 2010 and site number 252 was registered in the name of Sudarshan’s son since his wife had passed away in 2004.

Meanwhile, Sudarshan had filed the affidavit before the BDA for a ‘G’ category site stating that neither he nor any of his family members owns a site/ flat/ house in the City. A senior Lokayukta official said this affidavit was filed by Sudarshan in 2001, long before NTI Society allotted site number 252.

“Under the circumstances, the allegation that V R Sudarshan submitted a false affidavit to the BDA and claimed a site under ‘G’ category is not proved.

 It was also ascertained that V R Sudarshan was entitled to a ‘G’ category site as per the BDA rules,” the police inquiry report stated.

‘Returns submitted’

However, the complainant T J Abraham said that in the annual returns submitted to the Lokayukta in June 2002, Sudarshan had stated that he owned site number 252 in Byatarayanapura allotted by NTI Society.

“I have not received the document giving a clean chit to Sudarshan. If the Lokayukta has given him a clean chit, then that is a fraudulent report attracting Section 218 of the IPC, a public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment or property from forfeiture. I have sought the BDA to cancel his ‘G’ category allotment.

This report is only to safeguard the forfeiture,” Abraham said.

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