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Denotification charges against me motivated: Suresh Kumar

Posted on Nov 05, 10:49AM | UNI

Karnataka Urban Development and Law Minister S Suresh Kumar today said charges of land denotification against him were politically motivated and he had only acted as per the law.

Reacting to the case booked by Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) against him, he said he had no hand in the decision taken by the authorities concerned to denotify 4.2 acres of land belonging to state slum clearance board on the outskirts of the city according to a complaint filed by a person before the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Task Force, which has issued a notice to him.

"In this case in April 2009, I had referred the matter to advocate general's opinion. As a Law Minister its my duty to forward department's opinion. It is up to the administrative department to take decision on the opinion provided by law department. I was in no way involved in the decision," he claimed.

The BMTF yesterday filed FIR against Mr Kumar, his former cabinet colleague Krishnaiah Setty and chief minister's former principal secretary V P Baligar for their alleged involvement in denotifying land reserved for housing for the poor.

The land was allotted by the Karnataka Slum Clearance Board nearly three decades ago.

The first information report, filed on a complaint by Dinesh Kallahalli stated that nearly 4.2 acres of land was acquired by the Slum Board in Laggere in 1982 to build houses for the poor.

The land belonged to Gopinath, the brother of Narahari, a prominent leader of the RSS, the complaint stated.

The complaint alleged that though the land was acquired nearly three decades ago, the government, in 2009, decided to denotify the land in the name of Mr Gopinath.