Congress workers from Krishnaraja Assembly constituency and residents of areas around Chamundi Hills staged a protest outside the office of district in-charge Minister S.A. Ramdas here on Monday, demanding his resignation for his involvement in the alleged land grab bid in the city.
G. Madhusudhan, BJP MLC, had recently alleged that Mr. Ramdas had tried to get hold of land in and around Chamundi Hills. Earlier, M.K. Somashekhar, former MLA, who led the protests, also alleged that Mr. Ramdas was involved in land grab in and around the Chamundi Hills.
A former Deputy Commissioner had submitted a report to the State Government on B kharab lands (government land meant for public purposes) in 2010, but he was subsequently transferred, Mr. Somashekar stated.
Mr. Somashekhar alleged that Mr. Ramdas knew why the official had been transferred in a hurry.
He accused Mr. Ramdas of taking sides with real estate groups in the land row instead of standing by the government.
“If the investigating agency declared Mr. Ramdas clean, I will resign from politics,” Mr. Somashekar said.
He produced a letter by Mr. Ramdas to Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa on August 22, 2012, requesting him to order a probe by a retired judge, and obtain a report within three months. He said the letter stated that confusions existed over lands under survey number 4 of Kurubarahalli, 41 of Alanahalli and 39 of Chowdahalli, all around Chamudi Hills, since 1963.
Owing to this, the present Karanji Lake, Lalita Mahal and Abdul Nazeer Saab-State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) had been marked as B kharab lands, Mr. Ramdas had stated.