CM misled court, got Rs 300-cr land denotified to help aide: BJP

CM misled court, got Rs 300-cr land denotified to help aide: BJP

The BJP on Tuesday made fresh charges against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah stating that he mislead courts to get 6 acre and 26 guntas of land in Bhoopsandra (RMV II Stage) in Bengaluru denotified.

Addressing a press conference here, BJP MLC and former minister B J Puttaswamy charged that a certain Keerthi Raj Shetty, a close associate of Siddaramaiah since his days in the JD(S) was the direct beneficiary of the denotification. The denotification had resulted in a loss of Rs 300 crore to the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), Puttaswamy claimed.

Narrating the background, Puttaswamy said the BDA acquired the said land in 1978. The land owner Syed Bashid approached the High Court of Karnataka and the Supreme Court against acquisition but failed to get orders in his favour. The BDA even allotted sites carved out of the said land to 42 people.

He charged that the government made one Jayalaskmi, another original land owner, file a writ petition in the high court in 2016 against acquisition of land. This time, a single bench ordered for denotification of six acres and 26 guntas. “The government deliberately did not produce documents and tell the truth before the high court. This is nothing but misguiding the judiciary. Siddaramaiah even misused his position as chief minister and even directed the BDA to withdraw its appeal filed before a division bench challenging the single bench order,” Puttaswamy said releasing documents to substantiate his charges.

Puttaswamy said Siddaramaiah managed to get the land in the name of the original owners (Bashid and Jayalakshmi) and later got it transferred to his associate Shetty. Charging that Siddaramaiah had made huge financial gains from denotification of the land, Puttaswamy demanded chief minister’s resignation.

“We will file a complaint with the Anti Corruption Bureau against Siddaramaiah. Besides, the BJP is also exploring the possibility of filing a contempt petition in the court,” Puttaswamy said.

DH News Service


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