Karnataka government trying to cover up MUDA scam: HD Kumaraswamy

Hitting out at DyCM DK Shivakumar, who had termed him as mentally unsound and he is badly in need of treatment, Kumaraswamy said let people take a close look at both of them and they will know who is mad.
Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Steel HD Kumaraswamy
Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Steel HD KumaraswamyPhoto | Shashidhar Byrappa

BENGALURU: Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Steel HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday accused the Karnataka Congress government of trying to cover up the alleged irregularities in the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA). Speaking to media persons at the JDS office, the former chief minister said it’s a big scam and the government is trying to cover it up.

“Urban Development Minister Byrati Suresh has stated that there was no scam, but he went to Mysuru in a special helicopter and brought files and documents. If there are no irregularities, why the government is sending officials to investigate it? Why are the sudden transfers happening? How many times did the transferred officer complain to the government about this scam?” the former CM questioned.

Hitting out at DyCM DK Shivakumar, who had termed him as mentally unsound and he is badly in need of treatment, Kumaraswamy said let people take a close look at both of them and they will know who is mad. “Let them not worry about my health. I had a heart problem and had to do a valve replacement. I have done it. Why are they worried about me?” he asked. He hit out at the Siddaramaiah government for diverting funds meant for SC/ST welfare for the guarantee schemes.

DKS hits back

Asked about allegations that MUDA was trying to destroy evidence in the alleged site allocation scam, Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar said, “No one needs to cover up anything. No irregularity has happened there. People who lost lands to MUDA layouts have been compensated as per the provisions of MUDA. Like BDA has a 60:40 ratio, MUDA has a 50:50 ratio. The compensation is as per the law.”

When asked about the allegation that the sites allocated in 2010 were not mentioned in the 2013 election affidavit, he said, “I don’t have information on that. This time’s affidavit has all the details. The compensation has been paid out during the then BJP government. Now, they are raising this issue for political gains.”

Farmers’ association seeks probe by judge

Leaders of various farmers’ associations have urged Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot to direct the State Government to order a probe headed by a High Court judge into the alleged irregularities in the MUDA. Farmer leaders, including Kurubur Shantakumar, met the Governor and submitted a memorandum demanding an impartial probe into the alleged irregularities. Many influential leaders from all parties are involved in the scam and action must be taken against them, they said. Many documents were missing from the MUDA office a year back and the farmers’ associations had even staged a protest against it, but the government failed to take action, they alleged. Speaking to the media, Shantakumar said they have demanded for a probe monitored by a judge as leaders cutting across party lines are involved in the irregularities. The farmers’ leaders said since many real estate developers have also become elected representatives, they have misused the MUDA office to deceive farmers, they said.

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