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Ex-CMs in line of fire

india Updated: Jan 24, 2011 01:08 IST
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In a move seen as a counter to the charges of corruption and land grab against Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, a complaint has been lodged with a judicial commission probing irregularities in allotment and denotification of land against four of Yeddyurappa's predecessors as chief ministers. Two of them are from the Congress and two from the Janata Dal (S).

Advocate Vinod, who goes by one name, lodged the complaint with the Justice B Padmaraj commission on Saturday against land denotifications during the tenures of former chief ministers SM Krishna and N Dharam Singh (Congress) as well as the father-son duo of HD Deve Gowda and HD Kumaraswamy (Janata Dal(S)). Vinod submitted a 630-page document to substantiate his charges.

The two complaints against Yeddyurappa in a local court seeking his prosecution were also filed by two advocates, Sirajin Basha and KN Balaraj, after receiving sanction for the chief minister’s prosecution from governor HR Bhardwaj. The Karnataka government had constituted the Padmaraj commission to probe land allotments and denotification by

Bangalore Development Authority and Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board from 1995 to November 2010. The commission was formed following allegations of nepotism and corruption against Yeddyurappa in allotting land to his kin.

The legal moves have come after turmoil in the Karnataka assembly. JD(S) legislators brought a suitcase to the assembly on January 12 and claimed it contained papers to prove allegations against Yeddyurappa.

Later, Yeddyurappa said he had documents to prove that land was allotted to benefit the kin of former CMs including JD(S) and Congress during their tenure. Sources said though political affiliations of the advocates filing the complaints were yet to be established, documents collected by the BJP and opposition parties seem to be the basis of the complaints.