NGO accuses BJP leader of land grabbing
Samaja Parivarthana Samudaya (SPS) president S R Hiremath has urged the Karnataka government to take action against former Deputy Chief Minister R Ashok for his alleged involvement in sanctioning of eight acres of government land to former BBMP Mayor Venkatesh Murthy.
Addressing press conference here last evening, he said SPS had filed a PIL in High Court of Karnataka regarding illegal grabbing of land worth Rs 1.95 lakh crore in 1000 page on March 23 2013. On April 2 it submitted additional documents suggesting involvement of Mr Ashok.
He said the said eight acres of land had been sanctioned to Venkatesh Murthy misinforming the government as landless labourer in Somanahalli area of Uttarahalli of Bangalore South taluka, flouting all legal processes when Ashok was Deputy Chief Minister.
He said the SPS had urged the court to order for CBI investigation in land grab involving Rs 20,000 crore within the vicinity of 18 km of Bangalore city.
He said he had also urged court to direct the government to withdraw the said land from Venkatesh Murthy and get back the money earned out it. He also alleged involvement of senior revenue officials, including the Deputy Commissioner.
He said on December 15, 2013, SPS had written to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Law Minister T B Jayachandra and Advocate General Ravivarma Kumar to initiate appropriate action in the case.
(Posted on 08-04-2014)