The BJP’s honesty record in Karnataka became worse on Thursday when Lok Ayukta police filed an FIR against information technology minister Katta Subramanya Naidu for forgery, cheating and corruption in a multidimensional land case of 2006.
Naidu was then industry minister in the HD Kumaraswamy government. Naidu’s wife, Saubhagya, son Katta Jagadish and seven others, including their partners in various firms, were named in the FIR (first information report) as co-accused.
When an FIR has been filed, police are bound to investigate a case.
The FIR has come when chief minister BS Yeddyurappa had just managed to put behind another land allotment scam in which he is allegedly involved, and obtained reprieve from the party.
Katta Jagadish, who is a corporator, and Saubhagya have been accused of wrongdoing while claiming compensation for the land they sold to the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) in 2006.
Jagadish had got Rs 40 lakh from the KIADB for selling a 1.5-acre plot when the rate was Rs 10-15 lakh an acre. Saubhagya received a compensation of Rs 4 crore for a plot priced at just Rs 9 lakh, sources said. The manner in which they obtained their land is also being investigated.
The charge against the minister is that he misused his office to facilitate the process.
Katta Jagadish was arrested in September after he allegedly tried to bribe a witness in a related land scam case being investigated by Lok Ayukta police.