The former Rajya Sabha member and Congress MLC K.C. Kondaiah, who was served notice by KPCC president G. Parameshwara over the charge that he has usurped a piece of land allotted for the construction of a building for the party in Bellary, denied the allegations saying: “We had applied for land to be allotted to the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Trust to work for the economically weaker sections.”

He told presspersons that in the land measuring 5,070 sq ft in Parvathi Nagar, the Trust is “constructing a two-storeyed building for conducting training and motivation programmes for rural youth, and for literacy and health awareness programmes. It was allotted to the Trust in 2001 on lease for 30 years at Rs. 2,000 per month. We have invested nearly Rs. 25 lakh on the building.”

Quoting the lease agreement dated July 17, 2001, signed between the authorities and the Trust, Mr. Kondaiah said the land was to be used only for the purpose that it was allotted for. “Clause 10 in the lease agreement clearly says the land and the building on the land should not be used for political meetings,” he said, displaying copies of the documents.

He said he had requested the then Chief Minister S.M. Krishna in August 2001 to grant permission for constructing a permanent building on the land and Mr. Krishna had also put a note on the letter asking officials to grant permission. “All these indicate that the land was allotted to the Trust and not for the party’s office. In fact, after the Bharatiya Janata Party government came to power in 2009, the Bellary Municipal Corporation issued an order cancelling the allotment. However, we got it back in 2011 after a legal battle. Subsequently, in September 2013, we got renewal of the permission to construct the building from the Bellary Municipal Corporation,” he explained.

He said he had replied to the KPCC notice with all related documents. “This is a political conspiracy against me and the people responsible for this include the Bellary District Congress Committee (DCC) president J.S. Anjaneyalu and the former Minister Anil Lad. We are planning legal action against them,” he said.

Dr. Parameshwara told presspersons recently that the Bellary DCC was given 88.6/65 ft on a 99-year-lease by the government in 2001. The Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Trust had been formed to construct the building. Party leaders M.Y. Ghorpade, Allum Veerabharappa, Diwakar Babu, Siraj Sheik and Mr Kondaiah were on the Trust. But in 2005, the Trust was reconstituted with Mr Kondaiah’s wife and son as members along with him and four others.