After Lokayukta, will HC Judge be next?
Site allotment controversy results in Lokayukta Justice V Shivaraj Patil tendering his resignation yesterday. Interestingly, daughter of High Court judge owns a plot in same co-operative society. Also, judge heard case related to the same society and ruled in its favour in 2005
The Vyalikaval House Building Co-operative Society site allotment scam has claimed the scalp of none other than Lokayukta Justice V Shivaraj Patil.
Interestingly, the daughter of a High Court Judge has also bagged a plot through exactly the same building co-operative society.
Interestingly, Lokayukta Justice Shivaraj Patil, who resigned
yesterday, has been accused of availing a site from the
Vyalikaval House Building Co-operative Society where
Manjunath's daughter also owns a site
However, the most important fact is that her father, Justice K L Manjunath, heard a case related to the same society and ruled in its favour.
During the hearing, he quashed BDA's decision to cancel the work order to develop the layout at Nagavara.
When questioned, Manjunath claimed that he was unaware that he was hearing the case of the same society from where his daughter K M Chaitra (27) purchased a plot.
Documents with MiD DAY show that Chaitra has been allotted a site measuring 507.1 sq mt in a layout proposed for development by the Vyalikaval House Building Co-operative Society.
One among nine
According to a HC-constituted enquiry committee headed by G V K Rao, this society is mentioned among nine fraudulent co-operative societies in the city.
The BDA's decision to cancel the work order to develop the layout at Nagavara was based on various complaints against the society, which was allegedly involved in irregularities.
The HC and SC had concluded, in separate cases against the society, that the society itself was not a bona fide house building society and that possession be restored to the respective landowners.
The BDA passed the order canceling the work order on March 30, 2005 and the society moved the HC challenging the order. After hearing the case, Manjunath allowed the BDA order to be quashed on July 5, 2005.
Chaitra however had bought the site even before the petition was filed before Manjunath and had got the site through a sale deed on February 9, 2004.
Manjunath said that his daughter had not been allotted the site by the society since she was not a member, but had instead bought it from the developer's share.
After ruling in favour of the Vyalikaval House Building Co-operative
Society,Justice K L Manjunath claimed that he was unaware that his
daughter owns a flat there (see scanned copy)
However, a source fighting a case against the society said that the society was not allowed to sell sites since they were meant for allotment to members at subsidised rate.
"I didn't know my daughter had bought the site from that particular society otherwise I wouldn't have heard the case," said Manjunath.
Interestingly, Shivaraj Patil, who resigned as the Lokayukta yesterday, has been accused of availing a site from the Vyalikaval House Building Co-operative Society and violating the by-laws.
After the media exposed the scam, he was forced to step down from his post.