Karnataka Chief Secy given a clean chit in land deal

BENGALURU: Chief secretary Arvind Jadhav has reportedly been given a clean chit in the land deal involving his mother Tarabai Marutirao Jadhav.

Sources said a report submitted to Bengaluru Urban deputy commissioner V Shankar late on Friday found no illegalities in the purchase of 8.2 acres by Jadhav’s mother in Ramanakayanahalli in Anekal taluk, South Bengaluru. Th e report was filed by assistant commissioner (AC) for South Bengaluru, BG Natesh. “All procedures have been duly followed and I have found no illegality either in the land grant or the sale,” Natesh allegedly said in his three-page report, the details of which have leaked to the media.

Shankar is expected to submit the report, along with his views, to revenue secretary EV Ramana Reddy, who will place it before chief minister Siddaramaiah. “Some senior officials have been tarnishing his image, releasing outdated documents at the instance of their seniors. Hope this report puts an end to their game plan,” a senior IAS officer close to Jadhav sai d.

However, a few officials questioned the investigation. “Asking an AC or DC to inquire into the issue when they themselves ordered creation of a missing file in April 2016 is illogical,” said a senior IAS official.

Pointing out that an independent inquiry headed by a retired bureaucrat, who is an expert on revenue laws, could have served the purpose better, he added, “The report would not have found fault with the grant of land to the landowner who subsequently sold the property to the chief secretary’s mother, since it would have landed both the AC and DC in trouble.”

Credits ET Realty

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