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Inquiry sought into denotification cases

Special Correspondent


It should also encompass government land encroachments,

say Ministers


BANGALORE: Home and Transport Minister R. Ashok and Water Resources Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said that they were requesting Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to appoint a Commission of Inquiry into cases of denotification and encroachment of government land in the last three decades.

Speaking to reporters, they said the habit of making selective allegations against one or the other Minister by the Opposition and vice versa should be stopped. The inquiry should encompass the encroachment of government land, especially around Bangalore, about which the A.T. Ramaswamy Legislature Committee gave its report.

Learn the truth

They said that the inquiry would help the public learn which former chief ministers, Union ministers and ministers of State had amassed properties in benami names.

Mr. Ashok said that the department did not have adequate information on the exact plots of land belonging to the Bangalore Development Authority, Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board, Karnataka Housing Board or other institutions which were denotified and encroached upon by politicians and other influential sections in the past. Only a commission, headed either by a serving or former judge, could bring out the truth. Mr. Bommai wanted to know why the outer development plan for Bangalore kept on changing with successive governments.

Questioning the integrity of the leaders of the Opposition for launching an agitation against BJP's Operation Lotus in front of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa's residence, Mr. Ashok reiterated that they had kidnapped 19 BJP MLAs. Why had they shifted them from one resort to another by promising them Cabinet berths and monetary benefits and preventing them from voting in favour of the ruling party on October 11. Funding by miners

Terming it a “political debauchery”, Mr. Ashok said the Government knew how many mine owners funded the Opposition operations to topple the BJP Government, and the details would be disclosed shortly. He said the same miners had colluded with the Opposition when the Government fixed Rs. 500 for a lorry load of iron ore and restricting the permit to one in a week.

Mr. Ashok said that he had directed the Commissioner of Police Shankar M. Bidari to book a case against those who attacked an advocate on the premises of the city courts, yesterday. A delegation, led by the Bangalore Advocates' Association president Puttegowda, presented a memorandum to Mr. Ashok on the subject.

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