Land row: Ashok in the dock

Published: 06th September 2012 08:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th September 2012 08:57 AM   |  A+A-


A complaint was lodged with the Lokayukta office on Wednesday against Deputy Chief Minister R Ashok and four others in connection with the bagair hukum land (meant for landless labourers) case involving Mayor Venkatesh Murthy.

The complaint, filed by Bangalore Mahanagara District Congress Committee Information Technology Cell, alleged that Ashok had allotted four acres of bagair hukum land in 2004 in Somanahalli, Uttarahalli hobli to Murthy before Murthy became the mayor.

The complaint against Ashok can be dealt with only after the appointment of a Lokaykta but action can be initiated against the other officers if they are proved to be guilty.

The Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force had earlier registered a case against the mayor and had recently issued notice to Ashok to appear before the task force to record his statements on the allegations. Ashok was heading the committee that decided on the allotment of land to the mayor.

Earlier, the assistant commissioner of Districts of Bangalore Urban passed the order cancelling the allotment.

According to the complainant, verification of documents by BMTF found that the land had been allotted to Murthy at the behest of Ashok, who, apart from being the Bangalore city in-charge minister, also holds two major portfolios of Home and Transport.


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