The Lokayukta police have charged the former Chief Minster H.D. Kumaraswamy, MP, and his former cabinet colleague C. Chennigappa in a land scam case.

The case had been referred to the anti-corruption police for investigation by the Lokayukta Court on January 2 based on a private complaint filed by M.S. Mahadevaswami.

In a 52-page charge sheet submitted to the court on Monday, the Lokayukta police attached 1,200 documents substantiating the allegations levelled by Mr. Mahadevaswami against the two Janata Dal (Secular) leaders.

The Lokayukta's investigations have, in fact, revealed details that go beyond Mr. Mahadevaswami's allegations.

Mr. Mahadevaswami had accused Mr. Kumaraswamy of misusing his official position as Chief Minister in 2007 to order the denotification of 3 acres and 8 guntas of land in Thanisandra area of K.R. Puram Hobli that the BDA had acquired for the formation of the controversial Arkavathy layout.

The denotification had been executed after the BDA had constructed common infrastructure, formed 57 sites and even allotted 44 of them. Just six months after the sites were denotified and returned to the original owners — A.V. Raviprakash and A.V. Sriram — they sold the entire land for Rs. 2.56 crore.

Mr. Chennigappa has been accused of being the conduit between the land owners and Mr. Kumaraswamy. He allegedly recommended to Mr. Kumaraswamy that the land should be returned by the BDA to Sriram and Raviprakash.

Interestingly, in their application seeking that their land should be left out of the acquisition, Sriram and Raviprakash claimed that they are farmers and the land was their only source of income. But the Lokayukta investigation has revealed that one is a doctor and the other an engineer.

The investigation also found that they two owned another 8 acres and 13 guntas of land in the area as well as large buildings and land in Banashankari.

The case has been posted for April 21 which is when the court is expected to decide whether to commence the trial or ask the Lokayukta police to seek sanction from the Lok Sabha Speaker to prosecute Mr. Kumaraswamy.

Anticipatory bail

Meanwhile, Mr. Kumaraswamy has moved the Karnataka High Court seeking anticipatory bail.

  • The agency submits 52-page charge sheet with 1,200 substantiating documents

  • Case relates to denotification of 3 acres and 8 guntas of land in Thanisandra area