BDA lets Deputy Secretary off hook in FIR; other 53 accused will still face action

Here’s another whiff of a controversy associated with the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). The exclusion of the name of a Deputy Secretary from the first information report (FIR) filed by the BDA Vigilance and Special Task Force (VSTF) police has raised many eyebrows. His name had appeared in a list of accused in the alleged site allotment scam.

An FIR was registered on February 27 at Seshadripuram Police Station against 53 people, including BDA employees for their alleged involvement in creating fake documents and allotting sites to slum-dwellers at Hosakerehalli near Banashankari 3rd Stage.

The FIR was registered after issuing show-cause notices to all the employees found guilty by the VSTF police. On the basis of a report submitted by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP), VSTF, the BDA Commissioner also issued a show-cause notice on December 19, 2020 to the Deputy Secretary Chidanand. The notice asked him to explain in writing, within three days of receipt of notice, why the BDA should not recommend to the state government to take disciplinary action against him for cheating and causing loss worth crores of rupees to the BDA.

According to sources, similar notices were issued to all the 53 people. However, the BDA, it is understood, rejected the submissions of all the employees, except Chidanand’s reply, thus inviting criticism from social activists.


“What is the use of having the VSTF at the BDA if the inquiry report prepared by its DySP is wrong? Why did the DySP submit an inquiry report on Chidanand to the BDA Commissioner and why did the BDA Commissioner issue a show-cause notice based on the inquiry report?

It seems the inquiry was not done in a fair manner. If that is so, the government should transfer all those involved in the inquiry and re an order cancelling the allotment of the double site and also submitted the document from the BDA accounts department on the payment of the cost of the site,’’ said Shivakumar.

He said that the inquiry and investigation would be done if the BDA police found evidence against Chidanand in future. However, Karnataka Rashtra Samithi president Ravikrishna Reddy has described the FIR as a sham. “It is aimed at protecting big and influential people involved in the scam and making scapegoats of others,” said Reddy.

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