Amid MUDA ‘scam’, Karnataka government transfers Mysuru Deputy Commissioner

The controversial scheme envisages allotting 50 percent of developed land to the land loser in lieu of undeveloped land acquired for forming layouts.


Published Jul 05, 2024 | 4:01 PM Updated Jul 05, 2024 | 4:01 PM

Mysuru Deputy Commissioner KV Rajendra

Amid a controversy over alleged land scam in Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA), the Karnataka government on Friday, 5 July, transferred Mysuru Deputy Commissioner KV Rajendra.

Senior BJP leader R Ashoka had earlier alleged that Rajendra had written several letters to MUDA stating that the allotment of alternative sites to land losers, in lieu of land acquired from them to form residential layouts under a “50:50 ratio” scheme, was improper.

Rajendra was among the 21 IAS officers who were transferred by the Government in a bureaucratic reshuffle. He has been posted as the Director of Tourism in Bengaluru.

Rajendra was replaced by G Lakshmikanth Reddy, who is presently the Managing Director of Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC), Bengaluru.

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BJP’s allegations

Ashoka, the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, had alleged that Rajendra had also sought details about the process adopted to allot alternative sites but MUDA did not bother to respond.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday, 4 July, rejected BJP’s demand for a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in allotment of sites to land losers, including his wife Parvathi, by MUDA, as he stoutly denied any wrongdoing. Mysuru is the home district of the Chief Minister.

The BJP has alleged that alternative sites were also allotted to Parvathi in an upmarket area in Mysuru, which had higher property value as compared to the location of her land which had been “acquired” by the MUDA, and sought his resignation.

The MUDA had allotted plots to Parvathi under the scheme in lieu of over three acres of her land, where MUDA developed a residential layout.

The controversial scheme envisages allotting 50 percent of developed land to the land loser in lieu of undeveloped land acquired for forming layouts.

The BJP has alleged that irregularities to the tune of ₹4,000 crore had taken place in distribution of sites to land losers by MUDA. “Apparently 4,500-5,000 sites were allotted by flouting norms,” a BJP leader claimed.

Siddaramaiah rejects CBI 

“Have they (BJP) given any case (to CBI) during their tenure? I have given seven cases (including his earlier tenure as CM). This is not a case that is to be given to CBI…we too had demanded, did they give (any case to CBI for probe),” Siddaramaiah had said in response to a question on BJP demanding for a CBI probe.

The Chief Minister had said the plots were given to his wife by MUDA in 2021 when BJP was in power.

“They (BJP) are the ones who gave the site, now if they themselves call it illegal, how should one take it? We did not ask for sites to be given in Vijayanagar 3rd or 4th stage (in Mysuru),” Siddaramaiah said.

The Chief Minister said earlier this week that housing sites allotted by MUDA under the scheme have been put on hold pending an investigation into the alleged irregularities.

He had also said he wouldn’t resign. “What role do I have in this case?” he had asked.

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