Karnataka HC grants State 3 months time to implement Lokayukta order against Former CM HD Kumaraswamy

HD Kumaraswamy and Karnataka HC
HD Kumaraswamy and Karnataka HC

The Karnataka High Court yesterday granted three months to the state government to implement a Lokayukta order dated August 5, 2014, by which the Revenue Department was directed to hold a detailed inquiry into allegations of land encroachement against former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

It was alleged that Kumaraswamy and some of his family members had encroached upon several acres of government gomala (cattle grazing) land on the outskirts of Bengaluru city.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Hemant Chandangoudar passed the order in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Samaj Parivarthana Samudaya. The petition seeks a direction to the government to implement the Lokayukta order passed in 2014. The petitioner states,The Lokayukta order was passed based on a complaint filed by former Member of Parliament Madegowda G.

"...in the year 1979, respondent No. 3 herein, his Sister- in- law respondent 5 herein and his relative, respondent 4 herein encroached lands by using their influence as powerful politicians. Respondent 3, 4 and 5 have encroached almost 54 acres of land from out of the above mentioned 110 acres and 32 guntas as per the said Lokayukta order dated 5:8:2014".

PIL filed by Samaj Parivarthana Samudaya

The Lokayukta order was passed based on a complaint filed by former Member of Parliament Madegowda G.

The petition further reads,

"Around 65 to 70 acres of lands are in the control of powerful people apart from respondents 3 to 5 due to which poor and innocent people belonging to the economically backward sections have been denied they legal right of ownership and possession over the said lands."

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