Karnataka Land Scams: BJP, Congress, JD(S) and even Journalists exposed

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    Servants. Drivers. Maids. Partymen. Every party CM gave them prime land under a dubious quota

    Here’s a short list of those who benefited from a scam running into thousands of crores over 20 years. IMRAN KHAN unearths the evidence in an open season of corruption in Bengaluru

    EVEN BY the standards of an age dulled by low levels of public probity, this was a new low. A few days ago, in mid-November, a question was asked of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, whether he was quitting because he scandalously allotted land to his children. Yeddyurappa appeared amazed and said there were ‘innumerable instances’ of similar allotments to kith and kin of many chief ministers. Why am I being targeted, Yeddyurappa wondered. This, from a man who said he was simple, honest, hard-working, and therefore represented hope.

    He then listed how much land previous chief ministers had given away. SM Krishna (Congress) denotified 633.33 acres, Dharam Singh (Congress) 110.33 acres, HD Kumaraswamy (Janata Dal–Secular) 346.23 acres and he, Yeddyurappa (BJP), 259.12 acres so far. It seemed like he was comparing a roll of honour. Not for a moment did it occur to Yeddyurappa that he was illegally allotting land to family members under the CM’s discretionary quota or the G category.

    Now, TEHELKA is able to establish that Yeddyurappa may have inadvertently been speaking the truth. Documents with TEHELKA show that crores of rupees worth of land has been given away from as far back as 1989 in the flourishing metro of Bengaluru, where real estate is among the costliest in India. It appears that chief ministers of all parties regularly flouted rules and stretched official definitions to benefit party workers, legislators, ministers, family members, friends, drivers, maids and other servants. The provision all of them used was where the Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) Act allows governments the discretion to allot sites to ‘persons in public life’.

    Krishna, now External Affairs Minister, Singh, Kumaraswamy and Yeddyurappa used the ambiguity of the provision to allot land to people of their choice. Their whimsical decisions have cost the exchequer several crores of rupees. In many cases, sites measuring 50x80 sq ft and 60x40 sq ft in prime localities of Bengaluru have been sold for a song. For instance, sites that would have fetched the BDA Rs. 2 crore each in the market were sold to allottees for as low as Rs. 10 lakh.

    In a bizarre instance, Dharam Singh, in an official letter (CMR 1205/04), allotted sites to 15 servants saying they worked in his ‘personal department’. Months after this, the names of the servants appeared in the BDA list of allottees for that year. Krishna allotted a 50x80 sq ft site in the prime locality of Koramangala to Raghavendra Shastry, now Krishna’s Officer on Special Duty. Shastry, a close friend of VG Siddhartha, Krishna’s son-in-law, was in charge of media relations when Krishna was chief minister. Things got so bad that it appeared Kumaraswamy had emptied the BDA’s land bank. When Kumaraswamy was heading a coalition government of the BJP and the JD(S), the BDA announced it had run out of sites after allotments were made under the G category!

    TEHELKA has found that over the years, BDA lists contain only the first names of the beneficiaries. Listing only the first names provides enough space for manoeuvring. Enough doubt exists about the manipulation of intended beneficiaries and the allotments made by CMs in such cases. TEHELKA scrutinised more than 60 pages of documents that listed beneficiaries from 1989 to 2010. And then cross-checked the legal affidavits of the legislators and ministers.

    We found that the affidavits often list other property owned by the allottees in Bengaluru and outside — a violation of the BDA Act that stipulates that beneficiaries under the G category should own no property in the state. Just why should we have a discretionary quota anyway? Chief Ministers use it to fraudulently make preferential allotments of sites. In a democracy, allowing chief ministers power to grant sites to people they look upon favourably reeks of a feudal setup. That these beneficiaries are often elected representatives themselves makes it bleaker.

    Karnataka is a specific example. Seen as a boom state in India, it has often attracted international attention for its successes. But these days, it is in the news for corruption. The newest twist is that Yeddyurappa, bowing to corruption charges, appointed a one-man commission to probe irregularities in land allotments from 1995. Justice B Padmaraj, a retired Karnataka High Court judge, is to head the commission.

    Padmaraj was indicted in 2007 by a joint legislature committee for owning land in a residential area declared illegal by the BDA (See page 24). This is Yeddyurappa’s choice to head a crucial inquiry. The following pages will list a few of the several beneficiaries who should not have got land at throwaway prices simply because chief ministers had discretionary powers to do so. The scam runs far deeper.
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    REALTY BITES

    A list of 35 beneficiaries among the hundreds who have prospered by violating land allotment rules in the Karnataka Land Scam
    Raghavendra Shastry

    Raghavendra Shastry
    Currently Officer on Special Duty to SM Krishna

    LOCATION Koramangala
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 4.8 crore
    ALLOTTED BY SM Krishna government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Was allotted land as a personal favour because Shastry was a close friend of Krishna’s son-in-law, VG Siddhartha

    Vijaylakshmi Ramanna
    Related to former Assembly Speaker Venkatappa

    LOCATION HSR Layout,
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY SM Krishna government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    She got the allotment because she is the sister-in-law of Congressman Venkatappa

    MV Venkatappa
    CONGRESS (FORMER ASSEMBLY SPEAKER)

    LOCATION HSR Layout,
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY SM Krishna government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Venkatappa already owned BDA-allotted land and hence did not qualify for this allotment made during Krishna’s tenure. BDA stipulates that allottees should not own land

    Rajeev Gowda
    CONGRESS; SON OF FORMER ASSEMBLY SPEAKER VENKATAPPA

    LOCATION HSR RMV Second Stage
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 1.6 crore
    ALLOTTED BY SM Krishna government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Was allotted land as his father was close to Krishna. In all, three of Venkatappa’s family members, including Rajeev, were allotted sites during Krishna’s tenure

    Madappa, Taradevi A Swamy, Rajshekhar, Harish Y, Channabasappa TK, Saidappa's father Ningappa, Venkamma, AS Ravi, Shailashri Sanganna Gowda, Deepali H. Boosamoor, Pushpalatha's father Revanna, K Arun Babu, Kamala's husband Jagannath, Narayan Rao, Shivarudraiah
    15 people working in Dharam Singh's "personal department"

    ALLOTTED BY Dharam Singh

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Were allotted land based on an official letter from Dharam Singh (dated 15 October 2004; letter no. CMR 1205/04) None of them qualify under the G category definition of "persons in public life"
    Priyadarshini

    Priyadarshini
    Daughter of Congress CM Dharam Singh

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY Dharam Singh government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Was allotted land because she was the then chief minister’s daughter; does not meet eligibility criteria otherwise

    Mallikarjun Nagappa
    CONGRESS; FORMER MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION MINISTER

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY SM Krishna government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Acquired land and sold it a year later, violating the 10 year lock-in period stipulated by the BDA

    Padma Bai
    Relative of Congress CM Dharam Singh

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY Dharam Singh government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Was allotted land because she is related to the chief minister; does not meet eligibility criteria otherwise

    KS Eshwarappa
    Current state BJP president

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY Dharam Singh government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Eshwarappa already owned BDA-allotted land and hence did not qualify for this allotment made during Singh’s tenure. BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously
    Katta Subramanya Naidu

    Katta Subramanya Naidu
    BJP; current IT minister

    LOCATION Koramangala
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 4.8 crore
    ALLOTTED BY SM Krishna government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    He did not declare previous land ownership while applying for allotment; BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land

    C Puttanna
    JD(S); DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

    LOCATION Koramangala
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY Dharam Singh government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    TEHELKA found that his affidavits were missing

    BS Premamma
    SISTER OF CURRENT CM BS YEDDYURAPPA

    LOCATION Koramangala
    SIZE NA
    CURRENT PRICE NA
    ALLOTTED BY BS Yeddyurappa government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    She was perviously allotted a site in 2009; BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned property previously. Now, she is rumoured to have returned the land

    CH Vijayshankar
    BJP; current minister for forests

    LOCATION Survey No. 12 & 13, Yelikunte, HSR Layout
    SIZE NA
    CURRENT PRICE NA
    ALLOTTED BY HD Kumaraswamy government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Vijayshankar already owned property and hence did not qualify for this allotment made during Kumaraswamy’s tenure. BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously

    VH Kageri
    BJP; current primary education minister

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 40x60 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 1.2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY HD Kumaraswamy government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    TEHELKA found that his affidavits were missing
    MK Priyank

    MK Priyank
    Congress; Son of Union Minister Mallikarjun Kharge

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY Dharam Singh government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Was allotted land because of his father Kharge’s ministerial position in Singh’s government; as a political greenhorn he would not have qualified otherwise
    B Sreeramulu

    B Sreeramulu
    BJP; current health minister

    LOCATION OMBR Layout
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 80 lakh
    ALLOTTED BY Dharam Singh government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    An affidavit filed by Sreeramulu lists other property he owns in Bengaluru. Hence, he did not qualify for this allotment made during Singh’s tenure. BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously

    YSV Datta
    JD(S) MLC

    LOCATION KMRSL First Stage
    SIZE 40x60 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE NA
    ALLOTTED BY HD Kumaraswamy government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    A preferential allotment, Datta made it to the list as a close confidant of JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda
    VS Acharya

    VS Acharya
    BJP; current higher education minister

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 40x60 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 1.2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY HD Kumaraswamy government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    TEHELKA found that his affidavits were missing

    B Nagendra
    BJP MLA

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY BS Yeddyurappa government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    An affidavit filed by Nagendra lists other property he owned. Hence, he did not qualify for this allotment made by Yeddyurappa’s government. BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously

    Pallavi Ram
    Daughter of BJP MP Chandre Gowda

    LOCATION RMV Second Stage
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 1.2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY BS Yeddyurappa government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Was allotted land because she is the MP’s daughter; does not meet eligibility criteria otherwise
    R Roshan Baig

    R Roshan Baig
    Congress MLA

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY HD Kumaraswamy government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Baig owned land in Electronic City, Bengaluru, and hence did not qualify for this allotment. BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously
    BY Raghavendra

    BY Raghavendra
    BJP MP; Son of current CM BS Yeddyurappa

    LOCATION No. 1, RMV Second Stage
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 1. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY BS Yeddyurappa government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    A preferential allotment, Raghavendra was allotted land on the basis of his father’s position as chief minister. Since the controversy, he is rumoured to have returned the land
    Anand Asnotikar

    Anand Asnotikar
    DISQUALIFIED BJP MLA AND FORMER MINISTER

    LOCATION Anjanapura
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE NA
    ALLOTTED BY BS Yeddyurappa government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Asnotikar already owned land and hence did not qualify for this allotment made during Yeddyurappa’s tenure. BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously

    Aravind Limbavali
    FORMER BJP LEADER

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY BS Yeddyurappa government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Limabavali’s affidavit lists other property he owns. Hence, he did not qualify for this allotment made by Yeddyurappa’s government. BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously

    Prabhakar B Kore
    BJP MP; FORMERLY WITH CONGRESS

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY SM Krishna government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Kore’s affidavit did not list plots allotted to him previously; BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously
    J Shantha

    J Shantha
    BJP; Sister of current Health Minister B Sreeramulu

    LOCATION: RMV Second Stage
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 1.6 crore
    ALLOTTED BY BS Yeddyurappa government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    An affidavit filed by Shantha lists other property she owns. Hence, she did not qualify for this allotment. BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously
    G Karunakara Reddy

    G Karunakara Reddy
    BJP; current revenue minister

    LOCATION: RMV Layout Second Stage
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 1.2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY BS Yeddyurappa government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    TEHELKA found that his affidavits were missing

    MP Prakash
    Congress; formerly with JD(S)

    LOCATION RMV Second Stage
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 1.2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY SR Bommai government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Prakash’s affidavit did not list plots allotted to him previously; BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously

    KJ George
    Congress

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY SR Bommai government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    George’s affidavit did not list plots allotted to him previously; BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously

    MT Krishnappa
    JD(S) MLA

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 1.2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY HD Kumaraswamy government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Affidavit shows more than two plots of land in Bengaluru. BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously

    Ajay Kumar Sarnaik
    JD(S) (FORMER SPORTS MINISTER)

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY HD Deve Gowda government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Sarnaik’s affidavit did not list plots allotted to him previously; BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously

    CS Puttaraju
    JD(S)

    LOCATION: 26/B. HSR Sec VI2004
    SIZE 40x60 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 1.2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY: Dharam Singh government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Puttaraju’s affidavit lists other property he owns. Hence, he did not qualify for this allotment made during Kumaraswamy’s tenure. BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously

    Pushpalatha R
    Dharam Singh’s personal staff

    LOCATION: BTM IV Stage
    SIZE 30x40 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 66 lakh
    ALLOTTED BY: Dharam Singh government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Was allotted land because she worked with the then chief minister
    MP Renukacharya

    MP Renukacharya
    BJP; current excise minister

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 40x60 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 1.2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY HD Kumaraswamy government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Renukacharya’s affidavit lists other property he owns. Hence, he did not qualify for this allotment. BDA stipulates that allottees should not have owned land previously
    A Narayan Swamy

    A Narayan Swamy
    BJP; current social welfare minister

    LOCATION HSR Layout
    SIZE 50x80 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 2 crore
    ALLOTTED BY SM Krishna government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    TEHELKA found that his affidavits were missing

    K Arun Babu
    DHARAM SINGH’S PERSONAL STAFF

    LOCATION BTM IV Stage
    SIZE 30x40 sq ft
    CURRENT PRICE Rs. 66 lakh
    ALLOTTED BY: Dharam Singh government

    WHY IT’S WRONG
    Was allotted land as he worked with the then chief minister
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    MEDIA IN THE MUCK
    CMs routinely allotted land to journalists, stretching the definition of ‘persons in public life’


    S Rajendran
    Stephen David
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  3. mayfair

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    Rotten to the core..the lot of them. BJP, Congress, Left, Third, Fourth, Fifth front are all birds of the same stinking slimy feather.
     
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    thakur_ritesh Administrator Administrator

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    i have not the slightest of the doubts there is a scam in almost every thing that happens officially in this country, wherever there is government dealing, where ever there is money to be made (big/small, whatever), wherever the corporate is involved, wherever influence even of the smallest kind can be exterted there would be a scam. thankfully atleast some of it coming to light but whats the use, our politicians are corrupt, our public servants are corrupt, our law enforcement agencies and law delivering agencies are corrupt, our media is corrupt, our corporate is corrupt and i suspect other than lower strata people who have no influence to exert and a handful honest people out there rest are all taking country for a ride so how does it really make a difference.

    country is on sale and for everything there is a bidding price which can certainly be negotiated, start making your bid!

    sau main se ninyanve baiman phir bhi mera bharat mahan, ..................... right?!
     
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    Just a couple of days back there was an article in the newspaper as to how Maharashtra was soon heading towards a classification of BIMARU state because of political apathy, lack of new development etc. To this, one can add Karnataka, AP and TN as well because of the way the politicians of this state cutting across party lines have "LOOTED" the states of all its riches and reversed years of hard work that made them some of the most advanced and progressive states in the country. Worse part of this is the shamelessness with which the politicians accept and also justify their misdeeds and say whats wrong with what i have done as its happened in the past too. Clearly there is no one party which is prone to corruption. When it comes to politics,power and money, all are corrupt.
     
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    Yusuf the BJP is showing through its exposes that BJP,Congress and JD(S) are all equally pious.Deve gowda is a cut above the rest in corruption
     
  7. anoop_mig25

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    And we call Pakistan rotten state heading towards failed state status we should be ashamed of ourself . bloody all are naked in hameem . sonia gandhi/l.k adavani and other senior members of every party, everybody knows this but have no power to act because they then how would this people would get their donations.:angry_10::angry_10:

    in india we cannot even develope a decent city :angry_10:

    right to transparency must be law without any loopholes
     

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