The enquiry report submitted by Mysore Regional Commissioner M.V. Jayanthi on the alleged scam pertaining to about 2000 acres of land around Chamundi Hills in Mysore has nailed former DC. P.S. Vastrad for delisting a few hundred acres of land in the name of a few private parties, in violation of rules.

An order dated June 20, 2012 pertaining to conversion of lands located in Kurabarahalli, Alanahalli and Chowdahalli villages of Kasaba Hobli in Mysore taluk was passed by Vastrad.

It was alleged that the former DC’s order was an attempt to convert hundreds of acres of government lands and hand it over to private parties.

The report states that the order was passed without proper consultations with officials of the departments concerned and expresses doubts about the crucial files missing related to the land conversions.

The report also says that final order on land delisting dated June 6, 2012 has no mention of the original application filed by the scion of Mysore Royal family Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar.

Also, the role of Mysore Tahsildar in the entire episode is questionable as he has remained silent despite regular violation happening around him.

Vastrad, who had been accused of delisting hundreds of acres at the foot of Chamundi Hill, had also been accused of violating most of the norms of the Revenue Department.

The report, in a one-line reccomendation, has said that the order of former DC Vastrad was not as per rules and action needs to be initiated against him as per the rules and adds that Vastrad had issued the delisting orders without accomodating the necessary opinion of the Forest and Horticulture Depts.

The DC also holds the responsibility as the Chief Revenue Officer for any district, safeguarding government and public land which is his duty, the report says and adds that the order of the DC says that there are no public roads and lakes in the delisted lands, which in reality has been found to be false.

It may be recalled that BJP MLC G.Madhusudan had made a mention of this report in the recent Session stating that the scam was worth Rs. 10,000 crore and there were chances of involvement of politicians in the scam to which Dy. Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa had said that he would study the report and decide on whether the next level of enquiry would be handed over to the Lokayukta or the CID.

However, all efforts by SOM to contact former DC Vastrad over phone this morning for his opinion on the report proved futile.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore