63 Crore Land Deal Questioned by Social Activists

Published: 16th September 2014 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2014 08:15 AM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: Social activist T J Abraham demanded a CID probe about the details of the State government’s Rs 63 crore used for the purchase of a plot measuring 28,500 sqft on Acharaya Tulasi Road, Gandhinagar, by  KIADB when Jagadish Shettar was the chief minister.

He questioned the move stating that the land was purchased in a hurry though the legal opinion said that the land has no clear titles.

He told a press conference that Sri Murugharajendra Mutt of Chitradurga took over the land from Vidyapeetha Viraktha Mutt in 1960 and also raised a loan of Rs 34 crore. The KIADB, which was paying a rent of Rs 3 crore a year for its Nrupathunga Road office felt the need for its own place and sought an opinion from its legal team to buy the land.

The legal team said the government can acquire the land, instead of purchasing it to save the stamp duty.

“There is a case in Chitradurga court regarding the land’s ownership. We don’t know whether it belongs to Vidhyapeetha Viraktha Mutt or Murughararajendra Mutt, but a DD of Rs 29.19 crore has been released in Shivamurthy Murugharajendra’s name and another DD of Rs 34 crore has been released to the Union Bank.

There are no clear records about the land and the government also has released money,” Abraham said.

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