The Karnataka High Court on Thursday ordered issue of notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation, the State government and two former Chief Ministers on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition seeking direction for a probe by the CBI into illegal denotification of land acquired for the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).
A Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice K. Sreedhar Rao and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer issued the order on a petition filed by RTI activist Jayakumar Hiremath.
It has been stated in the petition that a recent audit report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) had disclosed illegality in the denotifiation of about 212.13 acres of land during 2007-12.
The petitioner pointed out that the Special Lokayukta Court acting on complaints on isolated instances of denotification of land acquired for the BDA had ordered for inquiry by the Lokayukta police, but in many such cases the investigating agency had filed ‘B’ report, indicating that the probe could not establish the offences alleged against public servants and former Chief Ministers.
Pointing out that the denotification of the land referred in the CAG report were done during the tenure of H.D. Kumaraswamy and B.S. Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister, the petitioner sought an inquiry against them alleging that they ordered for denotification despite officials recommending against it.
‘Fit case for CBI probe’
Mr. Hiremath claimed that the issue of denotification of land was a fit case for a probe by the CBI as the Supreme Court had referred to the agency the probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam based on the CAG audit report.