Wednesday, September 27, 2006

K'taka runs for cover over land scam

K'taka runs for cover over land scam
Deepa Balakrishnan

Bangalore: Both Houses of the Karnataka Legislature on Wednesday witnessed scenes of uproar after CNN-IBN exposed the Rs 800 crore land scam in Bangalore.

It was in the Karnataka Legislative Council that questions over the CNN-IBN expose were first raised.

Opposition leader H K Patil moved an adjournment motion over the CD recording of the scam. This came after all members of the Legislative Coucil watched the recording.

Opposition Leader, Karnataka Legislative Council says H K Patil, "There are five ministers sitting with heaps of notes. The evidence is there for everyone to see. If this is an everyday affair, don't you think people are going to be nauseated with all the malpractices in the state?"

The Assembly Speaker rejected the adjournment motion on the Bangalore land scam issue, even while the government dismissed the expose as fake.

It said the recording could have been manipulated.

Karnataka Chief Minister, H D Kumaraswamy, says, "I don't know how genuine the recording is and nowadays media is not doing justice to its work in any case."

CNN-IBN, on Tuesday exposed the land scam in Bangalore, in which 500 acres of government forest land was being sold off illegally.

The state Congress has demanded a CBI inquiry into the scam.


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