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BJP seeks probe into land acquisition

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Bharatiya Janata Party has sought a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the acquisition of lands for the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project, international airport at Devanahalli, Arkavathy Layout and other housing projects.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, the BJP MLAs R. Ashok and Katta Subramanya Naidu said the High Court judgment quashing the land acquisition proceedings by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) for the Arkavathy Layout is a major setback for the Government. He alleged that the previous government, of the Congress, misused powers and acquired 2,750 acres denying adequate compensation to farmers. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, should resign owning moral responsibility for the adverse High Court verdict, they said. Although the BDA had no authority to acquire lands which fall under local bodies, it went ahead with the project and spent Rs. 300 crores on levelling the land and laying drainage lines, they alleged. The BDA proposed to have 28,600 housing sites in the layout.

`Our stand endorsed'

The Janata Dal (Secular), which is a partner in the coalition government, has said that the High Court order quashing the acquisition of land for the layout has endorsed its stand.

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