Justice Kempanna Commission gives clean chit to Siddaramaiah in Arkavathy case

Prime News, State (Bengaluru), August 24:-Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has got a ‘clean chit’ from the Justice H S Kempanna Commission, which inquired into charges of illegal de-notification of parcels of land acquired for Bengaluru Development Authority’s ( BDA) Arkavathy Layout, by successive governments.

Three years after the state government constituted the Commission in 2014, Justice Kempanna submitted a report to Chief Secretary Subhash Chandra Khuntia on Wednesday. According to official sources, the Commission has not indicted anyone for the illegalities in de-notifying Arkavathy Layout land.

The report only presents the facts of the case, apparently due to ‘weak’ terms of reference. It has attributed some irregularities to lapses on the part of Land Acquisition Officers of BDA and Urban Development Department.

It all began in August 2014 with the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accusing Siddaramaiah of de-notifying large tracts (541 acres) of land for monetary benefit in Arkavathy Layout. The BJP demanded a CBI probe.

Siddaramaiah, in turn accused chief ministers of successive governments from 2004, including three from the BJP, of de-notifying the land. Siddaramaiah claimed that his government had only issued “remodification orders” as per the six parameters laid down by the Karnataka High Court.

Refusing to involve the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Siddaramaiah announced a judicial probe by the retired judge. Several complaints pertaining to de-notification of land in the layout has been filed before the Commission. The Commission probed whether orders of courts were violated during the de-notification of 983 acres of land since February 2004. The panel got several extensions due to delay in furnishing documents by the BDA.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)



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