India: Another BJP Legislator Accused of Land Grab

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India: Another BJP Legislator Accused of Land Grab
By: DHNS
31 October 2011
 

One more BJP legislator joined the creed of elected representatives in the dock on Monday, with the filing of a private complaint against Dasarahalli MLA Muniraju S in the Special Lokayukta Court.

Puttaswamy, a resident of Kereguddadahalli in Yeshwantpur hobli, has accused Muniraju of fabricating documents to usurp one acre 15 guntas of land belonging to his mother-in-law Mallamma.

Puttaswamy, in his complaint, has alleged that Ranganath, the then tahsildar, Bangalore North, Revenue Inspector Suresh and two others Parameshwarappa and Rajamma are in cahoots with the legislator.

According to the complaint, the State government had acquired one acre 15 guntas of land belonging to Mallamma under the Urban Land Ceiling Act. Mallamma approached the High Court challenging the acquisition.

A single judge dismissed her application and Mallamma went in appeal. A Division Bench ruled in her favour in 2007 and instructed the government to return the land to the original landowners.

When Mallamma tried to obtain mutation extract from the office of Bangalore North tahsildar, Muniraju and others prevented her, the complaint stated. In 2009, Nagaraju, who owned one acre adjacent to Mallamma`s land, sold one acre 28 guntas to three others by fabricating documents. Keshavamurthy, one of the purchasers, sold 30 guntas out of the said land to Muniraju. An attempt was also made to transfer 37 guntas of land to Parmeshwarappa and Rajamma.

Muniraju also sold nine guntas of the non-existent land to one Pushpa. Muniraju, Parameshwaarappa and Rajamma also attempted to secure the mutation of Mallamma`s land in their favour, on the basis of false documents.

But, Revenue Inspector Ramesh rejected the application as he found the documents fraudulent. Ramesh was transferred and his successor Suresh, obliged Muniraju and accepted his application for mutation.

Puttaswamy approached the Assistant Commissioner and got a stay on the proceedings.

Despite their attempts, Mallamma was unable to get a copy of the RTC (record of tenancy and crops). He has also submitted evidence of a `sting operation` done on revenue officials, who supposedly revealed the modus operandi of the land grabbing and the involvement of the MLA in the deal.

A transcript of the recording has also been submitted to the court. The complaint has been lodged under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code. The matter has been posted to November 2.

Puttaswamy had approached the Lokayukta in December 2009. The inquiry report which came in June 2011 stated that Mallamma had absolute rights over the land.

Original Article:

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/201561/another-bjp-legislator-accused-land.html

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