Former IPS officer and owner of CMR group of institutions, K.C. Ramamurthy, is in the dock in an alleged land-grabbing case.
Stephen Raj is among several NRIs who had filed a private complaint with the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) on Monday. The court has directed the jurisdictional Kothanur police to investigate and submit a report.
According to the complaint, Mr. Raj had purchased four sites from a realtor, which were allegedly encroached by Mr. Ramamurthy and his family members.
Recently, a group of NRIs met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah seeking relief. The Kothanur police, following the court order, have sought records from the Revenue Department for verification.
The alleged fraud dates back to 2011 when a 57-year-old farmer Rajappa from Bidarahalli accused Mr. Ramamurthy and his relatives of grabbing 21 guntas of agricultural land in Bilishivale in Bangalore east and selling it to property developer Joseph Chacko on August 18, 2008.
Mr. Rajappa alleged that after completing the formalities, Mr. Chacko — who is also facing land-grabbing charges in several police stations — converted it into non-agricultural land with the zilla panchayat’s permission, and subsequently sold it to several people, many of whom were NRIs.
In January 2010, the owner of one such site informed Mr. Chacko that a group of people were attempting to fence the area claiming that the land belonged to them. Mr. Chacko who asserted that the land belonged to him checked the encumbrance certificate at the jurisdictional sub-registrar’s office to find that Mr. Rajappa had sold the land to Srinivasa Murthy who is related to Mr. Ramamurthy.
“I was shocked to see that the certificate shows a sale deed being executed by me in favour of Mr. Murthy, and that I had issued a general power of attorney. The irony is that neither do I know Mr. Murthy nor have I sold my land. The sale deed and my signature have been forged,” Mr. Rajappa claimed in his complaint.
On further checking, Mr. Rajappa found that Mr. Murthy along with Haroon and Mr. Ramamurthy’s relatives had allegedly procured fake documents and forged signatures to grab the land. “They have done this at the behest of Mr. Ramamurthy, who was the then Additional Commissioner of Police of Bangalore city,” Mr. Rajappa alleged.