New Delhi: A Bengaluru Court has issued summons to former Chief Minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy in an alleged illegal denotification case.

Notably, Kumaraswamy was acquitted by a special Lokayukta court on August 27, 2018 in the alleged illegal de-notification of government land case in 2007.  Acquitting the then head of the JD(S)-BJP coalition government, judge D B Patil noted that there was hardly any proof to establish Kumaraswamy’s guilt in the case.

Kumaraswamy had filed a petition seeking dismissal of the case contending that there was no proof to establish that he had de-notified the land. The court also discharged three others, including retired IAS officer K Jothiramalingam, who were also named as an accused.

Complainant Mahadevswamy had alleged that Kumaraswamy as the chief minister in October 2007 de-notified 3.8 acres of land in Thanisandra village, which had been acquired by the Bangalore Development Authority for formation of residential sites in Arkavathy Layout.

Kumaraswamy’s action was in violation of rules, the complainant had alleged and sought action against the accused under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

(With agency inputs)