Now Karnataka's 2nd BJP CM faces court in land grab case

Last Updated: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 16:48 hrs
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Bangalore: BJP's second chief minister in Karnataka D.V. Sadananda Gowda, who quit the post last July, and his wife were Tuesday summoned by a court here to appear before it Oct 12 in an illegal construction and land allotment case.

The summons was issued by Lokayukta (ombudsman) court judge N.K. Sudhindra Rao on a petition by a Bangalore journalist Nagalakshmi.

She has alleged that Gowda's wife had purchased around 8,000 sq ft of land earmarked for grazing in Bagalur village in north Bangalore without proper documents in 2008.

A storey-building of over 8,700 sq ft was constructed on this land without licence and without getting the land converted for commercial use, the petition claimed.

It also alleged that Gowda, in his assets declaration, had concealed the fact of construction of the building on this piece of land.

Gowda is also accused of acquiring a house plot in Bangalore from the Bangalore Development Authority by giving a false affidavit that he did not possess any site or land in the state.

Gowda had succeeded B.S. Yeddyurappa in August last year. Yeddyurappa, BJP's first chief minister in the state and in south India, was forced to quit over mining bribery charges. He is also facing a dozen corruption and illegal land deal cases, all being heard by Sudhindra Rao.

Gowda made way for BJP's third chief minister in four years Jagadish Shettar in July this year following a rebellion by Yeddyurappa and his supporters.

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