Sep 10, 2006 at 05:36pm IST

Gowdas resort to panic-selling

Bangalore: The accusations hurled by the suspended BJP MLC G Janardhana Reddy against the Gowdas for disproportionate landholdings have failed to dislodge Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

However, the Gowda family's subsequent damage control through panic-selling of the family property have certainly cast a shadow on the humble farmer image of the Gowdas.

The documents obtained from the KR Puram Sub-Registrar's Office show how just two days after Janardhan Reddy cried foul against the Gowdas' disproportionate landholdings, Deve Gowda's daughter-in-law H Kavitha sold 27 acres of property bought in 2005.

"Deve Gowda is the biggest land grabber. Within major areas, he has more than 300 acres of land. He and his family members and benami members also," says Congress leader DK Shivkumar.

The family had bought land worth Rs 2.2 crore in the Chikkagubbi and Kannur villages near Hennur in Bangalore East Taluk. But the actual price is estimated to be well over Rs 20 crore.

That's because the plot is right next to the Peripheral Ring Road, a-1700-crore rupee project of the Bangalore Development Authority. It's also interesting that the land was sold at almost the same price that it was bought for.

Gowda himself has always protested against land grabbing in and around Bangalore. But the former prime minister might now have to eat his own words.