The Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) has directed law minister S Suresh Kumar, former housing minister Krishnaiah Setty and chairman and managing director of HUDCO VP Baligar (who was principal secretary to former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa) to appear before it in person and make their submissions on charges of illegal denotification of land.
They have to appear before a deputy superintendent of police-ranking official who is investigating the case. Recently, one Dinesh Kallahalli alleged in his complaint that Kumar misused his position as a minister to denotify a piece of land measuring 4 acres and 20 guntas in Laggere village, Yeshwanthpura.
The land belonged to one Gopinath. The notified land was handed over to the slum clearance board for the construction of houses for slum dwellers. However, land acquisition did not serve any purpose as the BJP, after coming to power, denotified the land, allegedly owing to pressure from a few RSS leaders.
The complainant also accused former housing minister Setty and Baligar of being instrumental in denotifying the land, joining hands with Kumar. Admitting the complaint, the BMTF slapped a case against the accused under several sections of Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The complainant has also alleged that the state government had denotified the land despite receiving objections from the Karnataka Slum Development Board, which has the task of building houses.The BMTF has also written to the chief secretary, seeking details of files pertaining to the denotification of the piece of land in the said case.
Meanwhile, BMTF chief RP Sharma on Wednesday met governor HR Bhardwaj. He termed the meeting as a courtesy call and no issues of the task force were discussed. “Indian administration officials meeting the governor has been a tradition. It was a courtesy call. I did not discuss anything else,” said Sharma.