Payback for DK Shivakumar? Siddaramaiah ‘denotifies’ Yeddyurappa

Prime News, State, (Bengaluru), August 18:-In what could spell fresh trouble for Bharatiya Janata Party Karnataka president and chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) registered two FIRs against him in connection with land de-notification cases on Thursday.

Yeddyurappa recently got relief from most corruption cases. BJP leaders claim that the FIRs are part of a “political vendetta.”

The cases pertain to the alleged illegal de-notification of 257 acres of land notified for the formation of Dr Shivarama Karanth Layout by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).

The authority had issued preliminary notification for 3,546 acres in villages between Doddaballapur and Hesaraghatta on December 30, 2008. However, during this stage,  Yeddyurappa, then Chief Minister, allegedly issued directions to drop 257 acres of land based on applications from several landlords.

The landowners later took an endorsement of their lands being dropped from the BDA. Sources said a private layout was developed on a part of the 257 acres, allegedly causing pecuniary benefits to many.

The preliminary notification of the 3,546 acres for the Dr Shivarama Karanth Layout was quashed by the High Court in September 2015 as the BDA had not implemented the plan for which the land was notified for acquisition.

The ACB booked  Yeddyurappa and four others under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

Sources said dropping 257 acres from the preliminary notification of the layout included 20 such separate instances, all part of the complaint filed by Dr Ayyappa Dorey, a social activist. ACB sources said of the 20 instances preliminary inquiries had been completed in two and hence two FIRs.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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