Official pressured on change of khata
Katta Jagadish, in the dock on charge of bribing a witness in the compensation scam over land acquired by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB), reportedly claimed compensation by producing forged documents to show himself as an agriculturist.
The Lokayukta police said it has evidence of the forgery.
Mr. Jagadish, son of Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu, is a Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) councillor, is accused No. 12 in the KIADB case and had sought anticipatory bail before the Special Court for Lokayukta cases.
In their objections to the bail application, the Lokayukta police said investigations have revealed several acts of manipulation to secure compensation on the basis of fabricated documents. Of the 325 acres acquired for the proposed IT park near Bagalur, most were cornered by Mr. Jagadish, his mother Soubhagya and another relative, Narasimhalu Naidu.
Mr. Jagadish is accused of claiming compensation for 1.16 acres in Bandikodigehalli village, which was in the name of one Abdul Majeed. Despite the clause stipulating the land cannot be alienated for 14 years, Mr. Jagadish bought it from Mr. Majeed in 2004 and forced the Village Accountant to recommend change of khata. The Revenue Inspector kept the issue pending as the transaction was in violation of land grant rules. Mr. Majeed's wife filed a representation before the Special Land Acquisition Officer T.P. Muninarayanappa asking him not grant compensation to anybody.
Though Mr. Jagadish's was not the khatedar of the property, Mr. Muninarayanappa, who is accused No.1 in the case, rejected Ms. Majeed's plea and granted compensation to the Minister's son.
The Lokayukta police said Mr. Jagadish filed an affidavit claiming to be an agriculturist and also produced “forged and concocted” documents to claim compensation from the KIADB. There is enough evidence to book him for the offences.
The Lokayukta police are trying to find out whether he is also involved in transactions related to other properties.
The Special Court will hear arguments on the anticipatory bail application on Thursday.