The lokayukta police on Monday filed a chargesheet against former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa for allegedly de-notifying 20 acres to favour a media house.
The de-notified land, situated in north Bangalore, was meant for setting up a hardware technology park and the de-notification meant a loss of Rs 8.64 crore for the exchequer, which was denied development and service charges, the report submitted by the lokayukta said.
Denotification in legal terms means the withdrawal of the government from the process of land acquisition.
Apart from Yeddyurappa, the Lokayukta officials have filed a chargesheet against industries minister Murugesh Nirani and former industries minister Katta Subrahmanya Naidu for "criminal misconduct as public servants in arbitrarily denotifying the land".
Detailing the report, superintendent of police PK Shivashankar said the land was in the control of the owners of a group publishing local leading English and Kannada dailies.
The government acquired the land in December 2006 for the proposed technology park.
The lokayukta found Yeddyurappa, after he became CM in 2008, had recommended the de-notification despite notes from the secretaries concerned against such a move. Nirani too approved of it.
Though the lokayukta probe could not establish Yeddyurappa made a financial gain, the "illegal de-notification" showed he "misused his official power", the report added.