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Bagarhukum land scam: Congress demands action against R Ashok

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Bengaluru: The Congress on Monday demanded the state government to initiate measures for the recovery of 2,500 acres of land worth Rs 10,000 crore that was illegally allotted in Bengaluru South taluk by the then Deputy Chief Minister R Ashok during the BJP regime.

“BJP leaders, who are busy in issuing statements on corruption, are involved in this land scam. I want the government to initiate legal action against the accused apart from recovering the allotted land,’’ Congress MLC V.S. Urgappa said.

Urgappa has addressed the media persons along with Congress leaders P.R. Mohan, Kondajji Mohan and Prof. K.E. Radhakrishna. The Congress leaders have released the documents to support their allegations against BJP leaders.

“R. Ashok, who was the chairman of Bagarhukum Lands Cultivation Committee had allotted land illegally in Bengaluru South taluk. This allotment has made the state government to incur Rs 10,000 crore loss,’’ Ugrappa said.

He said 2500 acres of Bagarhukum land was allotted to 1560 people in 62 villages in Bengaluru South taluk and majority of the beneficiaries belong to former BJP corporators and their families, and also affluent families. “Sub-divisional revenue officers have submitted a report to the Deputy Commissioner on the irregularities in allotment of Bagahukum land. The Deputy Commissioner has suggested to the sub-divisional revenue officers to take action,’’ he said.

According to the Congress leaders, Ashok has allotted 25 acres, 32 guntas of Bagarhukum land to the family of a former BBMP corporator, three acres to Kabaddi Babu, 15 acres to Janata Dal (Secular) Legal Cell president A.P. Ranganath, five acres to Adikesavulu family, 21 acres and 31 guntas to BGS mutt and also to 88 people from affluent families.

The Committee on Government Assurances has recommended to the government in last August to take action on the irregularities in allotment of Bagarhukum land. Revenue Minister has also recommended the officials concerned to take action against the accused.

“The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officers have to file a suo motu case against R Ashok and other officials involved in the allotment of the land. The ACB officers have to take action to recover Rs 10,000 crore loss to the exchequer, due to the illegal allotment of the land, from the accused persons,’’ he said.

He has also stated that Bagarhukum land was allotted despite a law prohibiting land allotment within 18 km radius of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

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