A Dead Man Gets Plot Converted – A Loan Scam Supported By Government

A 100 crore rupees land is being grabbed by a
dead man. This land is about 1.34 acre which was planned to be a park in Vijaya
Bank Layout. This incident took place in Bannerghatta road, Bangalore.
According to the dead man’s wish, the Urban
district administration of Bengaluru took the task seriously and changed the
land into non-agricultural purpose. This land conversion was with the
permission of the Urban Deputy Commissioner, V. Shankar who is an IAS officer
selected personally by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. 
The residents of the layout saw that real
estate agents started visiting the park frequently. VBEHCS (Vijaya Bank
Employees Housing Cooperative Society) realised this and told it to Bangalore
Mirror. Ramakant Shetty was one of the residents who found that the realtors
were taking surveys and making queries. Sensing something is going wrong the
residents checked the government record and found out that the authorities had
changed the records according to the civic site. 
Complaints were registered with Karnataka
Lokayukta and Metropolitan Task Force from VBEHCS. The residents here are
frightened that there is a plan of a skyscraper or a commercial complex in the
park area. The residents are not much sure about the politician or any builder
behind this foul play. But the whole system has turned corrupt from the village
accountant to the deputy commissioner. The government is the real owner of the
park and it is a civic amenity, was the united voice told by the residents to
Bangalore Mirror.
Survey number 114/2 which was measuring about
1.34 acres was taken by the government from a land owner named Kudla Abaiyappa,
in the year 1988. This very land was given to VBEHCS for making a layout for
residents. There is a gazette notification also for this deed in 1988. The land
owner had got the compensation for the same BDA made the deed also in the year
1994. The land owner died in the year 2001 and death certificate was also
When the residents browsed the Bhoomi website
they found that the name of Abaiyappa was mentioned as the owner of the land.
Mutation certificate showed that the park was converted to non-agriculture
purpose. The residents got the land documents through RTI and saw that the documents
were changed as the land was in the name of Abbaiyappa.
The residents have accused in their complaint
that the senior district administration officials were abusing the office for
their economical gains.
When the urban DC Shankar was contacted, he
tried to act ignorant about the matter. But Bangalore Mirror said that the
signing authority was him and he just passed the issue saying that that was a
mistake done by the lower officials. He also said that  the final order was passed after the report
of the jurisdictional Tahsildhar.
He said that certain rules are followed when
the land is converted. BDA and town planning authority will be contacted before
any conversion. They have to respond as soon as they get the report. DC has to
pass the order after the whole process is over.
Mr. Shankar said that as per the order of
government in 2010 the tahsildar is liable for action if he has issued any
wrong reports or mislead the administration. He said that he would look into
the matter and if the tahsildar is found to have submitted any wrong report
then necessary action would be taken against him.