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Shettar rubbishes land denotification complaint against him

Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar today rubbished a private complaint filed against him in the Lokayukta court alleging irregularities in land notification by him six years ago.

"It's a false case. I will take legal action," he told reporters here when asked about the private complaint filed by a city-based social activist in the court yesterday.

The complaint filed before Lokayukta Judge NK Sundhindra Rao alleged Shettar denotified 178 acre land in 2006 as Revenue Minister, violating rules that caused a revenue loss of Rs 250 crore to the state exchequer.

 Shettar rubbishes land denotification complaint against him

Newly crowned Karnataka CM Jagadish Shettar (R) and Deputy CM KS Eshwarappa (L) are greeted by former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa after they took oath on Thursday. PTI

The complainant SM Chethan pleaded for action under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act against Shettar. The Judge has posted the complaint to 21 July for orders on probe.

The complainant alleged Shettar without cabinet approval had in 2006 denotified 178 acres out of 376 acres acquired for establishing a single roof mega farmers market at Dasanapura near here on applications by some land sharks along with farmers who owned the land.

This caused a loss of Rs 250 crore to the state exchequer at the present market value of the land, he alleged, adding that the project was never implemented.

Shettar along with the then Special Land Acquisition Officer and the then Director of Agriculture Marketing Board are named in the complaint.

PTI

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Updated Date: Jul 12, 2012 17:07:50 IST