The government on Tuesday said it would order a probe by a serving or retired additional Chief Secretary-level officer into the 2,000-acre government gomala land scam in Mysore.

Revenue Minister V. Srinivas Prasad informed this in the Legislative Council and also promised to stop all transactions immediately, including registration, on these lands in survey number 4 of Kurubarahalli, 41 of Alanahalli and others.

Responding to the claim by G. Madhusudhan (BJP) on the government’s move to protect Rs. 20,000 crore worth land, Mr. Prasad said the Regional Commissioner had already found that the then Mysore Deputy Commissioner was wrong in changing the land from gomala to individual names. Mr. Madhusudhan said the Deputy Commissioner alone had changed the records without the involvement of subordinates.

This indicated influence of a strong land mafia and politicians. Hence, a CID probe should be initiated, he said.

Mr. Prasad said that the CID was not conversant with revenue matters and hence a probe by a senior IAS officer well-versed with revenue matters would be better.

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