Bengaluru: BBMP Corporator Rammohan Raju on Wednesday accused BBMP Assistant Revenue Officer Rangaswamy of committing illegalities over a piece of land that was to be acquired by the BMRCL for Metro work.
Raju, who is corporator of Ward number 175, Bommanahalli, said Rangaswamy had provided khata for 30 guntas of land on Hosur Main Road to a person named Pratap Reddy without claiming tax on it.
Speaking to Bfirst.in, Raju said 35 guntas of land worth Rs 20 crore was about to be acquired by BMRCL for the construction of Metro from KR Road to Bommasandra. "This particular land comes under Survey Roopena Agrahara. The tax on this land comes to Rs57 lakhs. The khata was provided without payment of tax and given to a person called Pratap Reddy," claimed Raju.
Raju said the BMRCL normally paid around Rs15000 per square feet. "If the owner has the khata, then the BMRCL has to pay him Rs20 crore," he added.
He also alleged that the khata had no signature of Joint commissioner and District Commissioner. "ARO Rangaswamy has cheated the government. I have written to BMRCL not to release money to the land owner. They have told to submit another letter on behalf of Joint commissioner BBMP, Bommanahalli zone," said Raju.
Rangaswamy, who is presently ARO Anjanapura, disputed the claim. "Actually, the land measures 20 guntas and Pratap Reddy has been paying taxes from 2008-09," he said. "Recently, he paid tax of Rs 2,95,000 through online payment. The file has all receipts and was approved by the DC (Urban). Let them conduct an investigation. I have not cheated anyone."
Mayor Padmavathi said an investigation had been ordered. "The report has to be submitted within three days. If we find the ARO guilty, then he will be suspended," she said.