Hiremath Releases Fresh Set of Documents on Roshan Baig - The New Indian Express

Hiremath Releases Fresh Set of Documents on Roshan Baig

Published: 14th January 2014 08:45 AM

Last Updated: 14th January 2014 08:45 AM

Countering claims of AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah over innocence of ministers D K Shivakumar and Roshan Baig, National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources (NCPNR) president S R Hiremath said: “They are trying to defend the indefensible by half truths and false claims.”

Releasing a set of documents to the media here on Monday to prove that Wakf Minister Roshan Baig is tainted, Hiremath said a land grab case is going on in the Supreme Court against Baig. The Lokayukta Court had referred another case under the Prevention of Corruption Act for investigation.

Saying that all the released documents were in possession of the government, he said Baig was allotted 10,000 sqft land belonging to Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in violation of law in 2005. The High Court had heard three public interest litigations on this case, he added.

In its order on February 7, 2012, the HC had quashed the allotment and directed the BBMP to take possession of the land. And it had also directed it to initiate steps for cancellation of the sale deed. However, Baig has approached the apex court against the HC judgment. And the BBMP, in its affidavit, had requested the court to dismiss the petition as proceedings for cancellation of the sale deed has been initiated, Hiremath said.

Accused of amassing wealth beyond his known source of income, Baig had put the money in fictitious companies and also a trust. Shares in most of the companies were held by him, his wife and son and income derived from these companies was neither disclosed by him or his family members in their assets and liability statement or Income Tax returns, he said.

Hiremath said: “It is also learnt that Reach Foundation has received huge donation from Abdul Karim Telgi, the kingpin of the stamp paper scam.” Lokayukta Court, hearing complaints filed by social activist Abdul Haq Surthi, has referred the matter to the SP, Karnataka Lokayukta, Bangalore, for investigation. However, the minister has got stay on the order from the HC, he said.  Hiremath said if the Chief Minister does not act in a week  then all such documents would be placed before the public. 

‘Shivakumar’s Plan to Grab Land’

Hiremath said he has got documents to substantiate DK brothers’ attempt to gain control over an educational society, which has valuable land at Gandhi Nagar in Bangalore, through questionable means. The society has property worth over `500 crore at heart of the city and the DK brothers have been accused of conspiring to grab the land by gaining entry into the association by illegal means. In fact, on receiving complaints, the Cooperative Department had appointed Bangalore City Deputy Commissioner as an administrator to the society. But the society management, headed by Shivakumar, had got stay from the HC on the GO, he said.

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