The Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) on Wednesday issued notices to Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S. Suresh Kumar, the former Minister S.N. Krishnaiah Setty and senior IAS officer V.P. Baligar to appear before the task force in connection with alleged illegal denotification of land in the city.
They have been asked to depose before the Deputy Superintendent of Police (BMTF), who is investigating the case.
The three have been named as accused in a case where 4.2 acres of land was denotified to help a person, brother of an RSS functionary. The complaint was filed by RTI activist and social worker Dinesh Kallalli. Sources in the BMTF said that the task force had written to Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath seeking the files and details pertaining to the denotification of 11 acres of land, adjoining the land in question.
According to Mr. Kallalli’s complaint, the government acquired 16.10 acres of land in Laggere, Bangalore North taluk. Of this, around 4.2 acres was handed over to the Karnataka Slum Development Board for housing for the economically weaker sections. However, when the board was about to take up construction of houses, the State government, reportedly at the behest of Mr. Suresh Kumar and other accused, denotified the land and returned the same to K. Gopinath, brother of K. Narahari, a senior RSS functionary.