Will file Rs 300-cr defamation suit against 3 BJP legislators: D’Souza

10:23 AM, Thursday, October 12th, 2017

ivan d souzaMangaluru: MLC Ivan D’Souza said that he will file a defamation suit for Rs 300 crore in damages against BJP MLC and former minister B J Puttaswamy, former BJP MLC Go Madhusudhan and MLA Ravi Subrahmanya, for levelling allegations against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The trio had stated that CM had mislead courts to get 6 acre and 26 guntas of land in Bhoopsandra (RMV II Stage) in Bengaluru denotified, the chief whip added.

Briefing media persons here on Wednesday, he said that the BJP leaders have been engaged in levelling false allegations against Chief Minister and State government. “I am pained by such false allegations. Hence, I have decided to file a defamation suit against the three legislators in the local court in Mangaluru within a day or two. I have already spoken to legal experts in this regard,” D’Souza added.

Puttaswamy claimed that the denotification had resulted in a loss of Rs 300 crore to the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). Which is why I will file the suit,” he said. Stating that he has verified all the documents pertaining to the denotification of the land, he said that all the proceedings are as per the High Court and Supreme Court order. The chief minister had no role in denotifying it, D’Souza reiterated.

“I am confident that my government has not committed any mistake. The BDA acquired the said land in 1978. As the land was not used for the purpose it was acquired, the owners had approached the courts to denotify it. The court had ordered the BDA to return the land to its original owners. Hence, the question of interference by the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah does not arise,” he said adding levelling false allegations is the only agenda of the BJP.

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