Staff Reporter

Single judge had held State and KSTDC responsible for sale of land on Airport Road

Bangalore: The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) on Tuesday filed an appeal in the Karnataka High Court against a single judge order relating to acquisition of land for the Diamond District on Airport Road in Bangalore.

In its appeal, the KSTDC said the single judge had held both the State Government and the KSTDC responsible for the sale of land on Airport Road in Kodihalli, Bangalore, to a private entrepreneur.

The single judge had not only called upon the Secretary of Tourism to file a report on the sale of land but also asked him and other respondents to furnish the names of officials responsible for the sale of land. The single judge, it said, had erred in coming to the conclusion that “shady transactions have taken place at the highest level and lands acquired for specific purpose of the KSTDC could not be utilised for the purpose for which they were meant. The officers who have handled the issue and taken decisions are now no longer in service. Therefore, the court may direct a detailed inquiry into the scandal”. The KSTDC said that in 1980-81, it had drawn up a proposal to have a tennis club, amusement park, hotel, hospital, international centre, holiday resort in Bangalore. It had sought 42 acres for the project. It initiated action for acquiring 39 acres and 27 guntas in Kodihalli and Chellagatta villages of Varthur hobli. However, it was able to take possession of only 23 acres and 36 guntas . The KSTDC said when problems with land owners whose lands were sought to be acquired cropped up, a meeting held on January 12, 1987, concluded that a meeting with the KSTDC officials and agreement holders (of land) should be held to ensure KSTDC got maximum land. Later, the issue was settled by High Court and the Supreme Court. . A Division Bench adjourned further hearing on the case.