BDA scraps site allotment to Asaram Bapu’s ashram

Plot in Banashankari Stage 2 had been leased out in 2004 for 30 years

After more than a year, the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has finally decided to cancel the allotment of a civic amenities (CA) site at Banashankari Stage 2 to the Asaram Ashram Trust established by Asumal Sirimalani Harpalani also known as Asaram Bapu. The self-styled godman is currently in jail serving a life sentence for raping a minor girl.

“At the BDA Board meeting held on Wednesday, it was decided to cancel the allotment of the CA site to Asaram Ashram Trust,’’ said BDA secretary Vasanti Amar.

Bangalore Mirror had published a story on May 8, 2019, that social activists had demanded the BDA cancel the allotment of the site to the Trust. Rakesh Singh, the then BDA Commissioner, had assured that he would look into the matter but finally the authorities took the decision to cancel the allotment after more than a year.

The BDA had allotted the CA site to Asaram Ashram Trust in December 2004 on lease for 30 years. As per the agreement, a building was to come up on the site to carry out social and cultural activities. However, an imposing three-storied building was constructed on the site and in 2014, social activists found that the Trust was violating the agreement and complained to the BDA about it.


Sai Datta, a social activist who filed a complaint seeking cancellation of the allotment, said that the BDA authorities should have taken the decision much earlier. “I don’t want the BDA to demolish the building. They can use it or allot it to a social or cultural organisation,’’ he said.

He said that he had been fighting for the last four years for the cancellation of the allotment of the CA site.

Amar said that the building would be taken over after completing the formalities. “We will issue a notice to the Asaram Ashram Trust soon in this regard,’’ she said.

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