BENGALURU: A day after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took him to task over alleged irregularities in the purchase of a government land in Anekal taluk, Chief Secretary Aravind Jadhav issued a clarification stating that it was not a government land when it was purchased by his mother Tarabai Jadhav in 2002.
The issue came up before the State Cabinet on Wednesday. Even as some of the ministers wanted to discuss the issue, Jadhav reportedly circulated a two-page note on the issue on Wednesday and said that the same had been released for the media too.
In the note, Jadhav stated that the 8 acre and 30 gunta land in survey number 29 of Ramanayakanahalli of Anekal taluk was purchased by Tarabai in 2002. The land was already granted in 1977-78 to the land owners, from whom she had purchased it. The land was purchased well after the expiry of the 15-year period of the non-alienation clause. To this effect an endorsement was issued by the revenue authorities in July 2002 stating that they belong to the general category, the note said.
Jadhav further said that he was not in the Karnataka government service and was also not in Bengaluru when the land was purchased in 2002. “It was her money and her decision as an independent person,” he stated.
Pointing to the fact that Siddaramaiah has ordered an inquiry into the issue, Jadhav said the deputy commissioner of Bengaluru Urban district and the Revenue Department are seized of the matter and added that law shall take its course.