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Lokayukta probe sought into land allotment in Raichur

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Industrial sites allotted to former Minister's kin: Raitha Sangha

Raichur: The Karnataka Raitha Sangha (KRS) filed a complaint with the Karnataka Lokayukta on Thursday, urging it to investigate alleged irregularities in the allotment of industrial sites at Deodurga town in Raichur district. Addressing presspersons here on Friday, R. Manasaiah, president of the State unit of the sangha, said that the district administration was involved in irregularities. Thirty acres of industrial land had been allotted to the relatives of K. Shivangouda Naik, former Minister and Deodurga MLA, he said.

He said that in 1992, the Government acquired 29.31 acres of land near Deodurga town and handed it over to the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) for developing an industrial area. The land was kept undeveloped till 2009. But in June 2009, the KIADB allotted 14 acres of land to 28 persons, including 19 persons who are relatives of Mr. Naik. Another 10 acres of land was transferred in the name of two persons, Ranganna Patil and Mallikarjuna, staunch followers of Mr. Naik.

Releasing copies of official documents obtained from the District Industries Centre, Mr. Manasaiah said that the allotment of land to the relatives of the former Minister and his followers was approved at a single window agency meeting held on June 22, 2009.The meeting approved the allotment of land even though the Deputy Commissioner and the officials of the KIADB were well aware that most applicants were relatives and followers of the former Minister. It clearly indicated that the Deputy Commissioner had approved the allotment of the land under pressure from Mr. Naik, who was then Minister for Mass Education, Libraries, Small Savings and Lotteries, he alleged.

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