Shimoga MP B.Y. Raghavendra, elder son of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, has surrendered the prime site measuring 50 ft x 80 ft allotted to him in posh Sadashivanagar in Bangalore.
But the question is whether surrendering the site will condone his act of submitting a false affidavit to the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).
Before the BDA allots a site, it is mandatory for the applicant to submit an affidavit swearing that he or she does not own a site in Bangalore.
The BDA is now uncertain about how to proceed in the matter.
BDA officials refused to comment on the action to be taken against the five allottees, all kin of the Chief Minister, who have surrendered their sites.
Sources in the law department of the BDA said, “As per the rules, if an applicant files a false affidavit, he not only forfeits the money paid to the BDA towards the cost of the site but is also liable to be prosecuted.
In the present instance relating to Mr. Raghavendra, the BDA is yet to take a call on prosecuting him. We will have to follow the same rules for all violators, no matter who he/she is.”
With the Department of Urban Development reportedly issuing Government Orders directing the BDA to allot G category sites to people recommended by the Chief Minister, the BDA is in a quandary over whom to serve first.