To acquire 2.3 acre, govt illegally gave back 23 acre in Bengaluru: Congress MLA | Bengaluru News


BENGALURU: Having acquired excess land in the range of 12 acre and 10 guntas in Laggere in Bengaluru in 1981 under the Urban Land ceiling act, the state government has provided an “illegal” grant of 23 acres worth over Rs 60 crore to the land loser in a time span of 40 years.
On Wednesday, at the legislative assembly, Congress’s Byatrayanapura MLA Krishna Byregowda raised the issue under rule 69 citing it of public importance.
Byregowda, quoting the inquiry report prepared by the previous Bengaluru urban deputy commissioner, said the government had confiscated 16 acre and 10 guntas from a private person K Gopinath.
Of this, 4 acre was Kharab land or government property and left 12 acre and 10 guntas of Gopinath being confiscated for being “excess” as per the urban land ceiling act.
Gopinath, as per the details of the case, approached the Karnataka Appellate Tribunal and then the high court, where the cases were dismissed citing that the confiscation was rightfully done.
However, in 1999, the urban land ceiling act was repealed, after which Gopinath went to the HC once again seeking reprieve. However, the HC once again dismissed the case citing that the award was passed by the government and “the case had attained its finality”.
Despite this, Gopinath is said to have approached the government in 2009 seeking reprieve.
This time, it is said the Karnataka Slum Development Board, which was given a portion of the land for development, handed back 4.5 acres back to Gopinath citing it remained unused and with the rider that further compensation cannot be sought.
“By the time the government realised what had happened, Gopinath had encroached upon additional land and created land parcels of 5 acres and 36 gunta and additional 7 acres of another parcel in the same vicinity. Both the sets of land parcels was divided into sites and sold as Gopinath plots in Gopinath layout,” said Byregowda.
But not satisfied with this, Gopinath nonetheless reached out to the government in 2011 and sought additional land for his lost land.
The then government once again gave 11 acres of land in Hosahalli, Yelahanka.
“The entire issue came to the fore when the person went to take possession of the land and realised that it was already in possession of some other farmers,” said Byregowda.
Finally, it is said the matter reached the High Court once again and the court this time asked the government to conduct an inquiry into the matter.
When it was handed over to the DC for investigation it came to light that the matter was indeed a scam with the private person having no rights to claim the compensation.
The report was submitted to the state government in April 2022 and Byregowda claims that the value of the entire land parcel was placed at Rs 60 crore and above.
“Overall, the land loser lost only 2 acres and 30 guntas while the government wrongfully gave back to him 23 acres of land in the City,” said the Congress MLA.
To this, the state government admitted to the report and the charges.
Revenue minister R Ashoka said the government will take into account the recommendations of the DC inquiry and take appropriate action.
“Further, a case has been registered at the BMTF. We will also take into account the investigation of the BMTF and ensure that the government land will not be alienated,” said Ashoka.





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