A group of people from Bandihatti area here have cried foul over the donation of 10 acres of land by Congress leader N. Pratap Reddy to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) recently for setting up a kitchen for preparing midday meals under the Akshaya Patra scheme, and for the construction of two temples.

Addressing a joint press conference here on Monday, Riyaz, K.S. Venkobanna, K. Mohan, A. Hussainappa and K. Papanna, all claiming to be in possession of some land in the Bandihatti area for over six decades, alleged that Mr. Reddy had got about 134 acres illegally registered in his name with fake documents.

“There is a dispute pending in the court in this regard, even as several other cases are pending against Mr. Reddy. We have also lodged a complaint with the Karnataka Lokayukta. Under these circumstances, donating the land is illegal and it amounts to contempt of court,” Mr. Riyaz said. According to him, the ‘inam' land in the Bandihatti area was initially in the name of Brahma Shastri, and later it passed into the hands of the government. Between 1972 and 1982, the government distributed about 1,085 acres among 185 people, along with pattas. “Since then, the land is in our possession,” he said, and added that the piece of land said to have been purchased by Mr Reddy did not have any title.

Meanwhile, Mr. Reddy, on April 13, transferred four out of the proposed 10 acres to ISKCON, and the deed has been registered.

Mr. Riyaz said that a memorandum would soon be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner mentioning all the facts of the case, with an appeal to view the matter seriously and ensure justice to the genuine land-holders.

When contacted, Mr. Reddy refuted the charge, stating that he was in possession of clear titles to the land. “The ISKCON personnel have obtained legal opinion before accepting the land,” he said.

  • Congress leader accused of having got 135 acres registered illegally

  • ‘ISKCON personnel have obtained legal opinion before accepting the land'