Bangalore: The National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources (NCPNR), an NGO, on Friday claimed to have unearthed a land scam involving the Reddy brothers and former minister B Sreeramulu illegally acquiring about 251 acres of agricultural land in and around Bellary town.
"Prima facie, we have found serious illegalities and irregularities committed by Reddy brothers and Sreeramulu in acquiring agricultural lands in violation of various land norms including Land Reforms Act in and around Bellary town," NCPNR convenor S R Hiremath told reporters here.
Urging the BJP-ruled state government to take action against over the Committee's findings, he said they would approach the Supreme Court over the issue if no action was taken on the findings within a month.
NCPNR in its findings charged Sreeramulu, his wife Bhagyalaxmi, Gali Laxmi Aruna (wife of Janardhan Reddy), Karunakara Reddy, Vanaja Reddy (wife of Karunakara Reddy), Somashekhar Reddy, B V Srinivas Reddy and his wife Sarita of
having allegedly used agricultural land for private purpose.
While Aruna acquired 133 acres of land, Sreeramulu and Karunakara Reddy acquired 64 and 54 acres of land respectively, Hiremath alleged. "We had moved the Supreme Court to ban illegal mining in the state. We will do the same if government does not heed to our demand," Hiremath said, adding he would soon meet Chief Secretary S V Ranganath in this regard.