BENGALURU: After the anti-corruption bureau of Karnataka filed two FIRs naming former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa in a land de-notification issue earlier this week, his party the BJP has hit back.
The anti-graft agency has alleged that as chief minister, Mr Yeddyurappa was party to the de-notification of land in north Bengaluru that was meant to be part of a Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) area called the Shivaram Karanth layout. The land was then allegedly sold at a much higher price to private parties which was said to have deprived the state government of revenue. It is said that up to 257 acres were involved in the land deals near Yelahanka. But the BJP has alleged that the move is politically motivated.
In a statement, the party said, "Keeping in mind the hardships that landlord farmers went through during Arkavathy layout and related legal hurdles so that such things aren't repeated during formation of Dr Shivarama Karanth layout and with the good intentions of protecting interests of poor farmers, direction was issued to drop few land owners land from primary notification."
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