Saturday, May 24, 2008

Bangalore residents cheated by VIP's

Scams comes in all shapes and sizes. We are used to politicians buying land cheap before carrying out major developments like Mr Gowda and company's association with Devanhalli. Now NDTV reports on scams in BDA plots which are bought by poor VIP's. A country of a billion scams. For every scam detected there could be 99% more undetected. Such is the state of the land of the Mahatma

Bangalore VIPs fake poverty for land
Yogesh Pawar
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 10:48 PM (Bangalore)

At the centre of Bangalore's land grab controversy is the very agency that's meant to build a better city, the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).

They are meant to ensure affordable housing to those who cannot pay the high rates in Bangalore's real estate market.

But instead, BDA finds itself charged with selling the same land to a host of VIPs and politicians.

All the scam needs is, simple paper work to falsely prove that you are eligible for subisided BDA land.

To qualify for the land an applicant needs to prove:

* He/she has been a resident of Bangalore for over 20 years.

* He/she does not own any property in Bangalore.

* Most significantly that their annual family income is not more than Rs 1.20 lakh.

Many VIP's by using false affidavits have managed to get land allotted to them, they have also been passed off as Bangalore's underprivileged to get prime land at very low rates.

List of these ministers and former ministers cut across party lines like, Baburao Chavan, Ramalinga Reddy, M Diwakar Babu, S S Mallikarjuna, M Mallikarjuna Nagappa.

Former Members of Parliament, Vinayakumar Sorkae, R S Patil and Iqbal Ahmed Sardagi.

There are other former Members of Legislative Assembly and Council Venkatrammanappa, Yogesh Bhat, Basantha Reddy, Marilinge Gowda, A Narayanswamy, Sharanappa Thipanna Sunagara, B T Parameshwara, Gopala Pojar, R Narayana, Dinesh Gundu Rao, A S Guruswany, G V Sidappa, D G Shantha Gowda, B S Basavaraju, Katta Subramaniam Naidu, Sirak Shaikh, Vadnal Rajanna, Anasyumma Nataraj, H R Alaguru, M Shankara Reddy, Raja Venkatappa Naik, N Sampangi, Syed Azeem Peer S Khadri and S P Mudda Hanume Gowda Nagappa, Dr M Akbar Ali, K Kushal
T S Mruthyujayappa, V R Sudarshan, C Ramesh, Winfred Fernandes, Jalaja Naik, Profulla Madukar, Vimala Gowda and Nirmala Venkatesh.

S Nagraj, a petitioner said, "The mandate rule is that they should not own sites when they apply for ministers quota. but on the pretext of ministers' quotas, they have taken these plots. People who are standing in queue for getting these sites, have been deceived by the government."

It's a staggering scam and is only possible with the full cooperation of corrupt BDA officials. A scam which exposes the claim that Bangalore, has no land for low cost housing.

Activists have gone to court about this blatant corruption on the part of BDA officials.

R Shivaswamy, advocate and anti-corruption activist said, "BDA have cheated the government by giving the lowest stamp duty and the lowest land cost."

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