Land denotification: PIL seeks CBI probe into HDK, BSY roles

Published: 22nd February 2013 08:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd February 2013 08:31 AM   |  A+A-

A public interest litigation was filed against former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and B S Yeddyurappa in the High Court on Thursday seeking a CBI probe into  the alleged illegal denotification of lands done when they were in power. The petition is based on the Comptroller and Auditor General of India’s (CAG) report.

A Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice K Sreedhar Rao and Justice Abdul Nazeer issued notices to the State government, CAG, BDA, former chief ministers H D Kumaraswamy, B S Yeddyurappa and CBI Director in this connection.

Petitioner Jayakumar Hiremath contended that  the people in power from 2007 to 2012 indulged in a lot of malpractices by denotifying lands according to the CAG’s third report  and sought a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities.

“The report on de-notification of lands by the government and allotment of sites by the BDA reveals the misuse of power and authority by the public servants occupying positions at the relevant time and thereby committing offences of fraud and criminal breach of trust as well as corruption under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988. The magnitude of the scam is very huge comparable to the 2G Spectrum scam which the CBI has already investigated and submitted the charge sheet before the court the petitioner has contended,” he claimed.

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