BENGALURU: A delegation led by BJP MLC B J Puttaswamy lodged a complaint on Monday with the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) alleging denotification of six acres and 26 guntas in Bhoopasandra in Bengaluru North taluk. Last week, Puttaswamy had alleged that Siddaramaiah influenced the BDA to re-look into notification of land, even though the process was completed and the land vested with the authority.
Puttaswamy said the BDA ignored a Supreme Court order and denotifed the land and gave it back to its original owners. The plaint was filed by former BJP corporator N R Ramesh. After its filing, Puttaswamy said that CM should resign if he was found guilty and that he (Puttaswamy) would hang himself in front of Vidhana Soudha, if the case did not have any merit.
The land in question was acquired for the formation of RMV 2nd Stage in 1982. In 1992, the land was denotified under Land Acquisition Act. The site allottees immediately challenged this in the High Court which set aside the denotification. One of the original landowners Syed Bashid challenged this upto the Supreme Court, which upheld the decision of the High Court to scrap the denotification.
In 2013, Congress MLA Vasanth Bangera wrote two letters to the CM requesting him to denotify the land. The CM forwarded the letters to the BDA Commissioner telling to examine the case. Meanwhile, K V Jayalakshamma, one of the land owners, approached the High Court seeking denotification of land and the High court ruled in her favour. The BJP has alleged that the SC order in the same case was suppressed and that Jayalakshamma had given the GPA to one Keerthi Raj Shetty, an alleged Siddaramaiah aide.
The High Court quashed the notification and ordered restoration of land to the original owners. A legal opinion was sought from the Law Department, who said that it was not a fit case for appeal. Together with the legal opinion and the HC order, the Special Land Acquisition Officer of BDA then informed the tahsildar Bengaluru North taluk.
CM rebuts allegation
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who was in Mysuru denied the allegations. “The allegations made by Puttaswamy are false, but I will not tell him to hang himself. He should think before making such allegations,” he said.