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1 more Karnataka minister faces Lokayukta probe

Causing more embarrassment to the ruling BJP in Karnataka, a Lokayukta court on Monday ordered a probe into a complaint against industries minister Murugesh Nirani that he allegedly denotified government land for financial gain.

india Updated: Oct 25, 2011 01:59 IST
PTI

Causing more embarrassment to the ruling BJP in Karnataka, a Lokayukta court on Monday ordered a probe into a complaint against industries minister Murugesh Nirani that he allegedly denotified government land for financial gain.


Admitting the complaint filed under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Lokayukta court judge NK Sudhindra Rao directed the superintendent of Lokayukta police to investigate the charges against Nirani and file a report on November 16.

The complaint alleged that Nirani, along with eight others, including his family members, “misused his position as industries minister” and floated non-existent companies.

He then allegedly denotified Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board land in Devanahalli and Dobbaspet to certain beneficiaries, causing over R130 crore loss to the exchequer.

Bangalore-based entrepreneur Alam Pasha, in his October 20 complaint, prayed that the court take cognisance of the matter and order a thorough investigation against the industries minister. He also alleged Nirani had “misused” the forum of Global Investors’ Meet held last year by the Karnataka government for his “own personal advantage”.

First Published: Oct 25, 2011 00:00 IST