Karnataka chief secretary refutes allegation of land grab

Karnataka chief secretary refutes allegation of land grab

Karnataka chief secretary refutes allegation of land grab

Karnataka Chief Secretary Arvind Jadhav, who is facing allegation of land grab in his mother's name, today said he had no connection in the matter and that there was neither any illegality nor irregularity in the purchase of land by her.

He also said he was not in the state government or Bengaluru when the purchase of land took place.

"Now the chief minister has asked for a report, let's wait for the report. It iss my job to clarify, I'm going to clarify exactly," Jadhav told reporters here.

He said, "(It has) nothing to do with me, she (his mother) is a private citizen. I can tell you very clearly when this transaction happened I was not here. I was deputed to the Government of India. I never intervened at all. The land was brought 14 years ago..."

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had said yesterday he has sought a report from the revenue department in the wake of media reports that alleged that Jadhav had manipulated land records and misused his office to get 8.30 acres of government land registered in his mother's name.

Responding to questions, Siddaramaih had said, "I have asked for a report from the revenue department. Let it come."

Jadhav, in a detailed statement, said the land in survey No 29 of Ramanayakana Halli of Anekal Taluk was purchased by Tarabai Marutirao Jadhav (his mother) during 2002.

"The said land purchase was made well after the expiry of 15 years period of non-alienation clause. To this effect an  endorsement was issued by the revenue authorities in July 2002 stating that these belong to the general category," he said.

"The land was purchased by her out of the proceeds of sale of agriculture land of Hegganahalli of Devanahalli Taluk. It was her money and her decision as an independent person," Jadhav, whose tenure as chief secretary has been extended by three months from June 30 last, said.

Holding that subsequent to the purchase, applications  were made a number of times for completion and fixation of  survey boundaries as provided for in the revenue laws, the 1978-batch IAS officer said the exercise of seeking completion of "phodi" division and "durasti" (survey) in obtaining a new RTC (right, tenancy and crop certificate) is a regular feature.

The effort of the land owner to seek streamlining the  survey in the revenue records as per the Land Revenue Act has  taken more than 14 years in the courts of the assistant director and deputy Director of land records, he said.

Noting that any decision of the revenue and survey  department was subject to judicial review, and legal recourse  is available to the aggrieved, Jadhav said over the last 14 years, the grant of land in survey No 29 of Ramanayakanahalli and the purchase through registered sale deed had never been questioned by the competent authorities.

"There is neither any illegality nor any irregularity  with regard to purchase of land by her," he added.

He also said that the land was not a government land when it was purchased by his mother.

Maintaining that any other matter will be brought to light during the inquiry and law shall take its course through  due process if required, he said the deputy commissioner,  Bengaluru urban and the revenue department were seized of the  matter as per the instructions of the chief minister. 

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