The State Government on Friday asked the Lokayukta to probe the allegations made against Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner Siddaiah. The BMTF had registered a case against Siddaiah and a few other officers on a complaint accusing them of favouring two private builders.
“BBMP Commissioner Siddiah had written a letter to the State government on the cases registered by the BMTF against him. He had requested the government to hand over the inquiry to the Lokayukta or the concerned police station,” the government notification said. The government has handed over the probe to the Lokayukta under section 7 of the Karnataka Lokayukta Act. The Lokayukta has been asked to probe and submit a report as soon as possible.
It can be recalled that last week BMTF had registered two cases against BBMP Commissioner and other BDA officials in an alleged land case. In the first case, it was alleged that when
Siddaiah was commissioner, BDA had acquired land for the formation of RMV Extension Layout, but later gave away the acquired land to NTI Housing Society. The society, instead of forming sites, had reportedly sold over 10 acres to a developer.
In another case, when Siddaiah was the BDA Commissioner, he had allegedly allowed a builder to construct a commercial and residential complex on 42 acres of land, including three acres of land belonging to government, which was encroached. On Thursday, BMTF served a notice to Siddaiah and others seeking their explanation.