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Confiscate property of Judicial Layout: panel

Special Correspondent

— Photo: K. Gopinathan

IN SEARCH OF MISSING LAND: A.T. Ramaswamy (centre), Chairman of the Joint Legislature Committee on encroachments, at Kaudanahalli in K.R. Puram hobli.

BANGALORE: The Joint Legislature Committee probing the encroachment of government lands in and around Bangalore has in a major decision directed the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to take possession of the land and buildings built on 44 acres of land, including 8.25 acres of kharab land in the Karnataka State Judicial Employees’ Housing Cooperative Society on Bellary Road, here.

Committee chairman A.T. Ramaswamy, who was inspecting the encroached lands on Tuesday, told presspersons that he had written to the BDA Commissioner to confiscate the 36 acres of agricultural land purchased by the society, but had developed the layout without following the legal procedures such as conversion and getting approval of the layout plan.

Kharab land

He said that he had asked the BDA to take over the 8.25 acres of kharab land adjacent to the layout which had been utilised by the society under the Karnataka Land Reforms Act section 95 (2) for forming the judicial layout.

In a similar letter written last month to N. Shantappa, Special Deputy Commissioner in the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Bangalore Urban District, the Chairman asked him to take action against the society.

The Chairman said the buildings that had been built on the layout could either be taken possession of or rent them out or demolish the same and take possession of the land. There were tens of huge residential buildings, mostly built by the judges, including from higher judiciary.

Mr. Ramaswamy said the Karnataka High Court had in the Mangala Gowri versus Keshava Murthy case in 2001 held that layout could not be formed on an agricultural land without the prior permission of the State Government. The court, he said, had held that the Government could confiscate the properties that had come up on such lands as well as lodge criminal cases against the violators.

He said he had asked the officials in the Revenue Department and the BDA to act on similar lines and confiscate the properties developed by the society on the agricultural and kharab lands. He alleged that the society had committed many more mistakes and indulged in violation of many other laws that warranted stringent action by the Government.

The committee unearthed encroachment of 3.13 acres of prime land at Pottery Town near Shivajinagar by Navodaya House Building Cooperative Society by creating fake documents.

The land, he said, belonged to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike.

Unfortunately, he said, the tahsildar, who deposed before the courts, had certified that the land belonged to the society and not the palike.

Mr. Ramaswamy said it was inam land and asked the BBMP officials to claim the land by presenting genuine documents.


The committee detected encroachment of 32.01 acres out of 55.05 acres of land in Kaudenahalli tank in K.R. Puram hobli. Out of 32.01 acres, St. Ann’s Women First Grade College had encroached 10 acres and built some structures on it, which looked more like a cowshed than a college building. It was running the college there although it had good buildings elsewhere to retain the land, he said.

He said the Government had granted land on the tankbed which violated the Supreme Court order. Some 1,500 small houses had been built on 22 acres of land.

The officials of the Revenue Department had evicted a former corporator, who along with others from the 1.15 acres of Chinnappana Halli tank in K.R.Puram hobli, which they had encroached.

The committee ordered the BBMP to proceed against Indian Council for Social Welfare to evict it from 45,000 sq ft of prime land on Millers Tankbed on Jasma Bhavan Road.

He said that the institute had sub-leased the land to Maruti Fun City which was illegal and the palike could cancel the lease awarded to it.

It detected sand segregation work at five places on the Kempapura tankbed in K.R. Puram hobli. He ordered legal action against those who were encroaching the land and seizure of tractors and other materials used for the purpose.

He ordered suspension of A. Ranganath working in the Department of Minor Irrigation, Basavaraju, Revenue Inspector, and Mallikarjuna, Village Accountant, for dereliction of duty.

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