DK Suresh, the Congress party’s candidate for the Lok Sabha by-elections to the Bangalore Rural constituency to be held on August 21, was allotted a site by the Karnataka State Judicial Department Employees’ House Building Co-operative Society Limited (Judicial Layout) in the Yelahanka Hobli, Bangalore North Taluk. A sale deed was executed on September 4, 2000.
Allotments made by the judicial department employees’ HBCS descended into controversy in 2011 when it was found that a site was allotted to Lokayukta Justice Shivraj Patil in contravention of the rules. The allotment of sites to non-judicial employees was in violation of the housing cooperative society rules.
Justice Patil, in the wake of the scandal, had surrendered his site allotted by the judicial department employees HBCS. Following his cue, several other non-judicial employees including kin of politicians who were allotted sites returned theirs. This included Priyadarshini Kharge, daughter of Union minister Mallikarjuna Kharge in 2012.
Suresh’s brother, D K Shivakumar the Congress MLA and former cooperation minister, had claimed that the site in Judicial Layout, purchased by his brother for a price of Rs 71,358, had also been returned.
But on Saturday, in an affidavit filed before the returning officer declaring immovable assets worth over Rs 32 crore and movable assets of over Rs 12 crore, Suresh listed the 2,400 sq ft site in “Allalasandra, Chikkabommasandra and Jakkur Plantation Villages, Yelahanka Hobli, Bangalore North Taluk” as one of his assets.
The site was purchased when Shivakumar was the minister. Bylaws of the judicial department employees HBCS make it illegal to allot sites to those who are not employees of the “organisation” for which the society has been formed. Judicial Layout is for employees of the judiciary in the state. Suresh is not only ineligible for a site, but also for membership.
Clause 10(B) states, “He/she in the case of Employee House Building Society is an employee of the organisation for which the society has been organised and has put in a minimum continuous or intermittent service of five years in Karnataka.”
Clause 53 states that members should produce an employment certificate from the employer that he has served a minimum of five years as an employee.
But in his affidavit, Suresh claims that his education qualification is II PUC and is a businessman and social worker. There are no records to prove that he was a judicial employee at any time in his life. Yet, the September 2000 sale deed of the site, a copy of which is with Bangalore Mirror, states that Suresh has a membership bearing number 159.
SITE FOR SALE
The affidavit filed by Suresh reveals that not only is he holding on to the site, but has also received an advance of Rs 51 lakh for it by way of sale. The affidavit claims that the current value of the site is Rs 60 lakh. In effect, a site illegally allotted to him is being sold by him for a profit.
‘Matter in court’
When contacted for his comments, DK Suresh told Bangalore Mirror that after the controversy over allotments in the layout, he had given a letter to the society to cancel the allotment.
“I had received an advance to sell the site two or three years ago,” Suresh said. “However, after the controversy, I gave a letter to surrender the site. But at this juncture, a case was filed in the court against various allotments made by the housing society. Because of this, nothing was done either way. Since the matter is pending in court, neither has action been taken on my letter surrendering the site, nor have I sold the site.”
………………. Aug 6, 2013, 01.34 AM IST