Two former chief ministers of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa and H D Kumaraswamy, have been named for alleged illegal denotification of government land in favor of private parties in a First Information Report (FIR) registered by the Karnataka Lokayukta police on Wednesday.
B S Yeddyurappa and H D Kumaraswamy have been named in the FIR registered on the basis of a complaint lodged by a social activist Jayakumar Hiremath against the illegal denotification of a one acre of land in Matadahalli layout in RT Nagar in North Bangalore in the year 2010 when Yeddyurappa was a Chief Minister. The FIR also has named H D Kumaraswamy’s mother-in-law Vimala, his brother-in-law TS Channappa and a private person Rajashekharaiah as beneficiaries of the denotification where process was allegedly initiated during Kumaraswamy’s tenure as chief minister.
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The case has been registered under the provision of Sections 13(1)C, 13(1)D, 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act, and sections 409, 418, 420 and 120B of the Indian Penal Code. According to the complaint, land bearing survey numbers 7/1 B, 7/1C and 7/1D covering 1.11 acre was denotified illegally after it was acquired by the government.
Original land belonged to three persons namely Thimmareddy, Nagappa and Muniswamappa. But, Rajashekharaiah, a resident of Rajajinagar claimed that the land belonged to him and requested the then Chief Minister Kumaraswamy for denotification in the year 2007. HD Kumaraswamy reportedly referred the matter to a Joint Secretary for action as per law. Later after B S Yeddyurappa became chief minister in 2008 the land was denotified in the year 2010, it has been alleged. The general power of attorney over the land was with Kumaraswamy’s mother in law who sold the land to her son, it is alleged.
Both Kumaraswamy and Yeddyurappa are incidentally already facing prosecution in other cases of alleged illegal denotification during their tenures as chief minister.