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Cong MP Vishwanath demands CBI inquiry into KHB dealings

Posted on Nov 11, 03:25PM | UNI

Lok Sabha member and senior Congress leader A H Vishwanath today demanded CBI enquiry into all transactions done at Karnataka Housing Board (KHB) under the chairmanship of G T Devegowda.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Vishwanath alleged that Mr Devegowda had cheated hundreds of farmers in the State by buying lands from them at throwaway prices and transferring them to the KHB at staggering prices, thus making profits worth thousands of crores of rupees.

He alleged that Mr Devegowda had purchased 3,985 acres of land from farmers in Mysore and other parts of the State at price ranging from Rs 3 lakh to 5 lakh per acre in fictitious names and transferred the same to KHB at Rs 36.5 lakh/acre, thus cheating farmers.

Mr Vishwanath alleged that Mr Deve Gowda had purchased 81.5 acres of land in Mysore from 32 farmers out of whom 22 were Vokkaligas and the rest being Nayakas at Rs 2 lakh to 3 lakh per acre and sold the same at Rs 34 lakh per acre.

Based on the information acquired by a city Advocate Gopinath under the RTI Act, Mr Vishwanath alleged that Mr Devegowda, whose term ended on June 30, 2011, had overstayed by 8 months and 21 days during which he had committed illegal activities by securing prior permission from former Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda.