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K'taka CM received monetary benefits from property developers: JDS

The JDS today alleged that Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa received monetary benefits from two private property developers to the tune of Rs 13 crore and bestowed favours in the form of land allotment.

india Updated: Nov 21, 2010 22:13 IST

The JDS on Sunday alleged that Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa received monetary benefits from two private property developers to the tune of Rs 13 crore and bestowed favours in the form of land allotment.

JDS state unit president H D Kumaraswamy also hit out at Yeddyurappa for making baseless charges against his family that it had "looted" the state while in power.

Kumaraswamy challenged Yeddyurappa to prove his charge with documentary evidence, as was done by him, and remarked "it is like the devil quoting the scriptures".

Rejecting Yeddyurappa charge that his father, former Prime Minister H D Devegowda destabilised the governments led by late Ramakrishna Hegde, late S R Bommai and late J H Patel, he told reporters, "My father fought only on issues and not against individuals".

Hurling a fresh charge, Kumaraswamy alleged that a property developer had paid Rs eight crore to the firms owned by Yeddurappa's kin, and to Minister for Energy Shobha Karandlaje, who got Rs 3.5 crore as loan against her residential site.

For the favours shown, the developer had floated a new firm on June 2, 2006, soon after Yeddyurappa became the Deputy Chief Minister in the Kumaraswamy led JDS-BJP coalition government and inducted a firm, owned by his sons, B Y Raghavendra and Vijendra and son-in-law, as partners with 50 per cent stake, he alleged.

He further alleged that Yeddyurappa entered into a fictitious agreement with the developer under which he leased his own house on rent to that company by securing Rs 50 lakh as advance rent, "but in effect continues to live there."

Yeddyurappa had shown this lease agreement details in his assets and liabilities filed before Lokayukta, he alleged.

The property Group had purchased three properites in Shimoga for Yeddyurappa's family at a cost of Rs three crore, he claimed.

For what he called "illegal gratification" received, Yeddyurappa allotted 17.5 acres to the developer near Whitefield, 25 acres in Shimoga, 28 acres near Bangalore International Airport and 6.16 acres in Bangalore East Taluk. All these lands were taken for setting up of IT parks, but the firm never established any, but built high-end villas for sale, Kumaraswamy alleged.

"Yeddyurappa has favoured this developer which now owns about 1,000 acres valued at Rs 2,000 crore," he claimed.

Karandlaje, a close associate of Yeddyurappa, was also given Rs 3.5 crore loan when she was an MLC against a residential site, Kumaraswamy alleged. After a meeting with his supporters in Bangalore, the chief minister put up a brave front claiming support of 120 MLAs and maintaining that there was no successor for him.

"110-120 MLAs are with me, not 10 or 20 or 40 people. Nobody is going to Delhi, just myself," he told reporters here.

"I will go to Delhi. I will meet (Arun) Jaitley, I will meet Sushma (Swaraj). I will meet (L K) Advani. It is my duty as the chief minister (to do so). The only successor is B S Yeddyurappa," he said.

He said he had trust in BJP high command, which is understood to be weighing the options over keeping him in office in the wake of the charges against him.

Sources said Ministers R Ashok, Katta Subramanaya Naidu, C M Udasi, Basavaraj Bommai and Govind Karjol and a few MLAs were present at the meeting.

However, Shettar and Ministers and mining magnets --Janardhana Reddy, Karunakara Reddy, B Sreeramulu -- who had led a campaign for leadership change last year, did not attend the meeting.

Continuing his attack against former prime minister and JD-S chief H D Deve Gowda and his son H D Kumaraswamy, who have been levelling charges of land scams against him and his family, Yeddyurappa said he would launch a campaign to expose the "misdeeds" of JDS.

Advani reached the capital from Mumbai specially to attend the meeting on the Karnataka crisis. "One option being explored is replacing Yeddyurappa with a leader of his choice," a senior leader said.

Yeddyurappa and the Karnataka Core Committee had met Gadkari, Jaitley and Ananth Kumar on Friday night and briefed them on the issue.

First Published: Nov 21, 2010 21:33 IST