The Opposition Janata Dal (Secular) in Karnataka lodged a complaint against chief minister BS Yeddyurappa with the Lok Ayukta on Thursday, accusing him of distributing government land to his family members at throwaway prices.
The move followed a hint by the family of the BJP's first chief minister in south India that the plots might be returned to the government to resolve the crisis.
"Yes. It is being considered. If needed, the government land could be returned," a Yeddyurappa family member said.
But JD(S) leader MC Nanaiah said, "Since the Lok Ayukta can't take action against the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues on its own, a formal complaint was lodged."
The Lok Ayukta is an anti-corruption state government body set up to help people bring corruption to the fore, mainly among politicians and bureaucrats. Although the Lok Ayukta can conduct raids, it does not have power to punish anyone.
Yeddyurappa has also been facing dissidence within his own party after state JD(S) president HD Kumaraswamy revealed documents 10 days ago, suggesting land scams estimated at Rs 5,000-6,000 crore.
The chief minister, however, denied any dissidence within the party. He said on Thursday morning that he was going to complete his five-year term, as BJP president Nitin Gadkari had expressed satisfaction with his performance.
The JD-S alleged that the chief minister's son, BY Raghavendra, had secured a Bangalore Development Authority site by filing a false affidavit while the CM's daughter, Uma Devi, was allotted a piece of land at subsidised rates.
Yeddyurappa is also accused of allotting land to an auto ancillary unit in which his two sons, Raghvendra and Vijeyendra, are directors at Jigani industrial estate on the outskirts of Bangalore in 2007.