Bengaluru, Oct 11 (PTI) Hitting back at the BJP, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today accused it of making a “false” allegation that he had illegally denotified a land and said he was considering taking legal action against the saffron party.
A day after the BJP levelled the charge against Siddaramaiah, claiming that the denotification had resulted in a loss of Rs 300 crore to the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), the Congress leader asserted that there were no documents to show that he had passed any such order.
“MLC B J Puttaswamy had levelled some false allegations yesterday. These are baseless and politically motivated charges against me. There is no document or any piece of paper to show that I had passed an order denotifying land in Bhoopasandra,” he told reporters here.
Claiming that he had not effected any denotification of land as chief minister, he said, “We are consulting our lawyers, we are going to take legal action.” BJP MLC and the party’s OBC Morcha president, B J Puttaswamy, had yesterday accused Siddaramaiah of illegally denotifying a land, resulting in a loss of Rs 300 crore to the BDA.
Puttaswamy had alleged that Siddaramaiah was directly responsible for denotification of land to the extent of over six acres in survey numbers 20 and 21 at Bhoopasandra, Bangalore North taluk.
Pointing out that there were procedures to denotify any land and that a committee headed by the additional chief secretary was entrusted with the responsibility of taking a decision in the matter, the chief minister claimed that he had no role in the entire process.
The Congress leader accused the BJP of levelling these allegations to “tarnish” his image.
“They (BJP) know that they will lose in the (Assembly) election, so they are doing this with an ulterior motive to tarnish my image,” he said.
Assembly polls are due in Karnataka early next year.
Siddaramaiah also rubbished Puttaswamy’s allegations of “misguiding” the judiciary and said all information pertaining to the land and cases linked to it were brought to the notice of the court when the matter was pending before it.
“The facts have been suppressed by him (Puttaswamy) totally while making the allegation,” he added.
Puttaswamy had yesterday accused the state government of misguiding the judiciary, alleging that it had deliberately not produced the documents pertaining to the case and not told the truth before the high court.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.