FIRs against Yeddyurappa and Kumaraswamy for illegal land de-notification

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The Karnataka Lokayukta has filed FIRs against former chief ministers and BJP and JDS leaders BS Yeddyurappa and HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday in an alleged illegal land de-notification case.
According to RTI documents, Kumaraswamy and Yeddyurappa have been made, respectively, the number one and number two accused in the case.

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Reports suggest that both former chief ministers are accused of denotifying a prime plot to benefit Kumaraswamy’s relative. Earlier, the CID had held a preliminary inquiry on the findings of a Comptroller and Auditor General of India report of 2012 on land de-notification carried out by the successive governments from 2007-12 and had recently submitted its report to the Lokayukta.

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The report said the accused have prima facie played a stellar role in denotifying huge tracts of land, causing a financial loss to the exchequer, Lokayukta said.
The CAG had made scathing remarks against the incumbent chief ministers between 2007 to 2012 who disregarded the well-defined law that once the land is in possession it could not be denotified. The de-notification of 610 acres and 16.5 acres of land referred to in the CAG report were ordered when Kumaraswamy and Yeddyurappa were the chief ministers and in between during a period of Governor’s rule.

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