Thursday, December 04, 2008

Mahithi Hakku Adhyayana Kendra exposes biggest land scam in Bangalore

How murky can land deals get? Here is an example where all winds have been thrown to winds. A 20-acre agricultural land in Devanahalli had been registered for Rs 25.11 crore in the name of one K Mangilal from Rajasthan. Even khata and other documents have been issued to him. The whole deal contravenes clause 79 (A) and (B) of the Land Reforms Act, which specifies that agricultural land can be purchased by an agriculturist only and his annual income should not exceed Rs 2 lakh. The measure was created to ensure that small land holders do not lose out to larger land sharks. But no one in the Revenue Department seems to have bothered with the antecedents of Mangilal. Even necessary documents have not been collected while issuing katha. The source of income also was not collected while registering the deal. After failing to find answers to these questions, one Bhaskar applied for information under RTI to Devanahalli tahsildar Sampath Kumar. But the information has not been supplied and the issue is before the State Information Commission.

DECCAN HERALD
26 NOVEMBER 2008
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