Karnataka CM HDK’s brother Ramesh, others accused of land grabbing

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s brother Ramesh and others have been accused of grabbing government land worth Rs 11 crore and measuring little more than 1.5 acres. A complaint alleging the same has been acknowledged by the revenue department.

The concerned land is located in Survey no 116, Ballur Village, Attibele Hobli, Anekal Taluk. Deputy Commissioner Bengaluru Urban BM Vijay Shanker could not be reached for a comment.

The complaint by RTI activist and lawyer TJ Abraham registered on Wednesday states that the alleged land grab in Attibele attracts Sections 4 and 5 of the Karnataka Land Grabbing Prohibition Act, 2011, Section 5 and 6 of the Karnataka Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1974, 192-A, 192-B, 192-C of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964 and Section 120B and 420 of the Indian Penal Code, 1806.

The complaint also alleges that the District Commissioner, Bengaluru accepted land conversion applications “intentionally conniving” with Ramesh.

The complaint along with some documents states that originally in Survey no 116, a part of the government land measuring up to 4 acre and 12 gunta were granted to three different persons in 1981 under the Land Tribunal, Anekal Taluk under Karnataka Land Reforms Act, 1961. In 1996, one DC Nanjundaiah purchased all the three parcels of land measuring up to 4 acres and 12 guntas.

In 2005, Ramesh and Nanjundaiah allegedly entered into a property deal. A sale deed was executed in which DC Nanjundaiah allegedly made a fraudulent claim as being the owner of an additional 1 acre 12 guntas of the same Survey no 116. With this, he claimed to be in possession of the entire 5 acre 24 guntas of land.

The land records show that this additional 1 acre 12 gunta of land was never owned by Nanjundaiah but was now registered in Ramesh’s name.

The complaint notes even while converting the same land, Ramesh made two separate applications for conversion from agriculture to residential purpose. One for 4 acre 12 gunta and another for 1 acre 12 gunta.

Abraham in his complaint has quoted Supreme Court orders to emphasise that “entries in the revenue records do not create any title over such land.”

Later in 2012, Ramesh through a registered Sale Deed sold the 5 acre 24 guntas of land to Sri Sai Developers. In turn in 2013, Sai Developers sold the property to Mitravinda Trust.

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