The CID has filed charge-sheets against seven persons, including three government servants and a woman, in two different cases of land grabbing in Bangalore and Bellary districts.
In the first case, the CID filed charge-sheet against three government servants in connection with the alleged grabbing of prime land worth about Rs 20 crore here belonging to Muzarai (Religious Endowment) Department, a CID release said today. The CID has chargesheeted T G Ramachandra, Second Division Assistant, H C Srinivasalu, Assistant Revenue Officer and T S Sheshadri, Revenue Inspector (deceased), all of the city corporation (BBMP-Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike).
It has also chargesheeted individuals Shamanna and Venkatesh for cheating, forgery, creation of false documents and criminal conspiracy, the release said.
Investigation into the alleged land grabbing was initiated following a complaint by BBMP Deputy Commissioner. The release said as per the complaint, the land was donated by late Chowbeen Subbarao to the Muzarai department about 100 years ago. The property at 3rd main road, Chamarajpet here, is a site of 90 by 110 feet and includes nine shops and a house.
Investigations revealed that three officials entered into criminal conspiracy with the two individuals and got the land registered in their names by resorting to forgery and creation of false documents, it said.
It added that subsequent to registering the land in his name, the SDA, T G Ramchandra, also fraudulently entered into an agreement with Shamanna and Venkatesh to buy the property. In the second case, chargesheet was filed against two persons, including a woman, in a land grab case in Bellary district, the release said. They were also arrested. Chargesheet was filed against Jagannath, the mastermind behind the crime and Ambamma, a woman who claimed herself to be a representative of the Good Shepherd Convent and illegally sold its land to the former, it said.
The CID said illegal mining of iron ore was taking place in the land, which is situated in the forest in Ramghad village, Sandur taluk of Bellary district. A case had been registered by Forest Department over illegal mining of iron ore there. During the inquiry, which was first taken up by the police and then taken over by the CID, it was established that some persons had created false documents and sold the land to private individuals, the statement said. Lady Superior of Good Shepherd Convent, Bellary, who claimed ownership of the land, lodged a criminal case against one Jagannath and others in Sandur police station. Investigations revealed that the land did not belong to Government but to Good Shepherd Convent and that Ambamma sold the land with bogus documents.