Friday, September 29, 2006

Prime land scam right under BDA’s nose!

Prime land scam right under BDA’s nose!
The Times of India

Bangalore: A scam right under BDA’s nose and it is looking the other way as it involves big names. While only 37 allottees are allowed to go ahead with construction by the court, building works are going on in full steam all over the place at Bank Colony in Banashankari.
Compounds are being built all along the vast stretch of land and houses have been springing up overnight. One acre here is about Rs 5 crore.
These are the constructions being put up by the site allottees of Vishwabharati Housing Society, as per the
high court order. But in reality, the land in question belongs to BDA.
The history of the case: 79 acres of land in Hosakerehalli village was acquired by the BDA two decades ago to form a layout. Five years after it was acquired, the Vishwabharathi Housing Society claimed ownership over the property and moved the court. So much so, the society has gone on record that a hefty bribe was paid to politicians and BDA officials to show them favours.
The society, during the tenure of the then BDA chairman L R Shivarame Gowda, brought pressure on BDA and got a Board resolution passed stating that the land has been allotted to the society through bulk allotment.
Taking advantage of this resolution, the society has formed 790 sites of various dimensions and has done the allotments.
However, when Jayakar Jerome took over as BDA commissioner in 1999, he noticed the blunder and wrote to the government asking it to cancel the resolution terming it as “illegal.’’ The resolution was cancelled and government declared that the property belonged to BDA.
“Such a resolution should not have been passed by BDA in the first place as it is contrary to the BDA Act. There are a lot of procedures involved in bulk allotment and BDA could not have given it to the housing society. I wrote to the government to cancel the resolution and subsequently it was done,’’ Jerome explained.
In the case of Vishwabharathi Housing Society, the court ordered that the 37 applicants can go ahead with construction and that nobody “should interfere for 8 weeks.’’
BDA commissioner M K Shankarlinge Gowda told TOI: “We are aware of the constructions but cannot interfere as per the court’s orders. We will move the high court division Bench on appeal.’’
He said the land belonged to BDA and all the constructions would be demolished after eight weeks.

Vishwabharathi Housing Society had passed a resolution in its general body meeting that a bribe of Rs 4.5 crore was paid to BDA officials and politicians for the allotment of land during the tenure of Shivarame Gowda as the chairman.
The resolution, passed in September 2001, stated that bribe was paid to get out-of-court settlement of the dispute over bulk allotment and to help the society to form the layout; Rs 20 per sqft was paid as bribe for Girinagar fourth stage housing project which amounted to Rs 4.5 crore.


At Monday, November 6, 2006 at 3:19:00 AM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has been one of the most complex scams in bangalore. I have seen and heard people putting thier life time savings, waiting for more than a decade. I know of an edlerly woman who has lost her husband and live away from her son and her family - reason being parents did not give the son any property. Her age old eyes are eagerly waiting to unite with her son and grandkids but two days ago, BDA demolished everything driving her mad and she has been critical in a general hospital. There are more sob stories but as one of the victim of this, I am shocked at the attrocity of the whole events. The hoodlums around these were not there when we all started paying unsuspecting Hari Bhat. Now, members were asked to pay aain in August 06 and would be pulled aside by hoodlums in differemt places in bangalore to get money, making sure they do not join together. God knows how many families have lost thier mindset and are distressed. if you are one of the victims, please contact me at

At Monday, March 24, 2008 at 3:37:00 PM GMT+5:30, Blogger Sav said...

These days they have been refunding the amount paid. Has anybody got it back ? I don't have the receipt for the entire amount that I have paid ,, is there anybody else in similar situation ?

At Monday, March 24, 2008 at 3:40:00 PM GMT+5:30, Blogger Sav said...

These days, they have been refunding the amount. has anyone received the refund ? Did they give with interest ? I don't have the receipt for the entire amount paid . How do I go about asking for the refund? Is anybody else in the similar situation ?

At Monday, July 7, 2008 at 10:17:00 PM GMT+5:30, Blogger Unknown said...

My dad is a victim to this land scam. Today when he went to request for a refund for all the receipts that he has, Manjunath behaved in a very rude manner. Looks like getting a refund is also a battle. If anyone is interested, please mail me at Let us all try and get together and move the consumer court and file criminal charges against bhat and his trust to get justice. Believe me, no point waiting as all the lands are marked and given to people with political or financial influence. Its people like us who are the sufferes as usual.

At Monday, September 28, 2009 at 7:38:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous H Srinivas said...

I am H Srinivas. I have paid full money for a 30x50 site (no 1071), got it registered in 2003. I have got clearance certificate, no-due certificate and possession certificate from VHBCS. But, I have not got the site. My site is encroached by some other person at the behest of VHBCS. But, I have feeling that Manjunath and Krishna Bhat are playing tricks on us. Sites are there. But, they expect me to pay Rs 2,500=00 per square feet. My contact no is 9845819055 and my e-mail is I like to form a group of victims like me and lodge a joint complaint with Police Commissioner as Girinagar police are bought by VHBCS. Please contact me as early as possible. Please also let me know if already has taken the initiative already.

At Monday, September 28, 2009 at 7:50:00 PM GMT+5:30, Blogger shanglur said...

I am one of the victim. I have got my site registered, have possession, clearance and no due certificates with me. My site was registered to another person who put up a shed there. I do not know his where about. The society does not provide any information on this person. I plan to join other victim and take up the case with police commissioner and book those land sharks. Please contact me on 9845819055 ore e-mail as early as possible.


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