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Karnataka law minister quits over land controversy

In a major setback to the ruling BJP government and CM DV Sadananda Gowda, law minister S Suresh Kumar submitted his resignation on Saturday, following allegation against him of owning more than one Bangalore Development Authority site.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2012 01:09 IST
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In a major setback to the ruling BJP government and CM DV Sadananda Gowda, law minister S Suresh Kumar submitted his resignation on Saturday, following allegation against him of owning more than one Bangalore Development Authority site.

After discussing with national and state party leaders and his RSS bosses he submitted his resignation to the chief minister. “I am submitting my resignation on moral grounds, and there is no question of changing my mind,” he told media.

Gowda, however, refused to accept Kumar’s resignation and said Kumar was known for transparency and good conduct. “Kumar has taken this step unnecessarily as he is being wrongly targeted. But he has assured me that he will take back his post after his name is cleared in the case,” said Gowda.

The incident came out after Kumar was accused by RTI applicant Bhaskaran of obtaining a ‘G’ category site in violation of rules. Suresh is accused of getting a 4,000 sq ft site allotted from the CM’s quota by suppressing the fact that his mother and daughter owned two plots and a house in Bangalore. According to rules, one cannot get a G category plot if he already owns another in Bangalore.