Connect with us

Karnataka

Counter-Complaint Filed by IPS Officer Roopa Against IAS Officer Sindhuri to Chief Secretary

Published

on

Counter-Complaint Filed by IPS Officer Roopa Against IAS Officer Sindhuri to Chief Secretary
Photo:- kpnews24x7.com

BENGALURU: Senior IPS officer D Roopa has submitted a counter complaint to Chief Secretary Vandita Sharma, along with documents, in response to a complaint lodged by IAS officer Rohini Sindhuri earlier today. Roopa has requested the chief secretary to expedite an inquiry into already existing complaints against Sindhuri, and to conduct a fresh inquiry into certain other matters related to corruption.

The first point raised by Roopa in her complaint is a preliminary investigation report submitted by Dr. Ravishankar, IAS, to the government against Rohini Sindhuri, IAS, regarding the construction of a swimming pool in the premises of the District Collector’s office in Mysore when thousands were dying during Covid. According to Roopa, it has already been presented before the government that such construction should not take place even in a heritage building. When the preliminary inquiry is proved, the next logical step is to conduct a detailed disciplinary inquiry. In the interest of justice, Roopa has requested that the disciplinary process against Sindhuri be expedited, as a month has passed since Dr. Ravishankar submitted the IAS report to the government and still the disciplinary investigation has not started. She has also requested that action be taken against the officials responsible for the delay in placing the file before the chief secretary, amid rumors of deliberate delay to help Sindhuri.

Roopa’s second point in the complaint pertains to the immovable property returns filed by Sindhuri in January 2023 for the year 2022. Roopa has alleged that Sindhuri did not disclose a huge house under construction at Jalahalli through chat, despite conversations in which Sindhuri mentioned spending Rs.1 crore to Rs.2 crore for furniture brought from Italy, Rs.6,00,000/- for door hinges (one door is mentioned to be 350 kg), and Rs. 26 for the German apparatus used. Roopa has alleged that Sindhuri used her influence on certain offices to try to free up the tariff, as indicated by a reference to a batch officer of the Consul General, Frankfurt, 2005, in the chat dated 7-1-2022. Roopa has requested an inquiry into the matter, as it pertains to corruption and disproportionate assets to known income. She has offered to be a witness and produce the chat conversations at source.

Roopa’s third point is regarding a complaint made by Mr.Ravichandre Gowda, Lokayukta. According to Roopa, the Hon’ble Lokayukta wrote to the government seeking permission to take up the inquiry, but the government rejected the request. Roopa has attached the letter for the chief secretary’s perusal and has requested that the decision be reconsidered to allow Lokayukta to probe into the case.

Roopa’s final point pertains to allegations that Sindhuri gave an order of Rs.10 crore to an architectural company only for the architectural design of the Karnataka Bhavan being constructed in the TTD area in her home state Tirupati, in violation of the Karnataka Transparency Act in public procurement without calling for tenders. Roopa has requested an investigation into the matter.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Karnataka

Karnataka Cricketer Hoysala Dies at 34 from Cardiac Arrest

The Aegis South Zone tournament in Bengaluru was struck by tragedy as Karnataka cricketer Hoysala K, aged 34, succumbed to a sudden cardiac arrest.

Published

on

Karnataka Cricketer Hoysala Dies at 34 from Cardiac Arrest
IMAGE: X

The Aegis South Zone tournament in Bengaluru was struck by tragedy as Karnataka cricketer Hoysala K, aged 34, succumbed to a sudden cardiac arrest. The competition, brimming with excitement between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, took a solemn turn with the unexpected loss of this talented player.

After the intense match against Tamil Nadu, Hoysala joined his teammates for dinner when he suddenly collapsed due to a heart attack. Despite swift medical intervention on-site, including emergency treatment by attending physicians, Hoysala could not be revived. He was swiftly transported to Bowring Hospital, but tragically, doctors pronounced him deceased upon arrival. The news sent shockwaves through the cricketing fraternity, with players, supporters, and officials mourning the untimely departure of this gifted cricketer.

Dinesh Gundu Rao, Karnataka’s Minister of Health & Family Welfare, conveyed his condolences via social media, stating, “Deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Karnataka’s emerging cricketer, fast bowler K. Hoysala, during the Aegis South Zone Tournament. My heartfelt sympathies are with his family and friends during this difficult time. Instances like these underscore the imperative of health awareness, particularly regarding cardiac health.”

Hoysala K, renowned for his prowess as a fast bowler, had previously showcased his talents with teams like Bellary Tuskers and Shivamogga Lion in the Karnataka Premier League, leaving an indelible mark on the state’s cricketing scene. His sudden departure has left a palpable void within the cricketing community.

In the pivotal match against Tamil Nadu, Hoysala played a pivotal role in Karnataka’s triumph, contributing both with the bat and the ball. His thirteen runs off thirteen balls coupled with the crucial wicket of Tamil Nadu’s opener, P. Parveen Kumar, were instrumental in securing a nail-biting victory for Karnataka. Defending a modest total of 173 runs, Karnataka clinched the win by a mere run, showcasing Hoysala’s invaluable contributions to the team’s success.

Continue Reading

Karnataka

Karnataka Council Passes FAR Amendment Bill

Karnataka Council approves FAR Bill amidst uproar. Premium FAR capped at 0.4%, Transferable Development Rights at 0.6%.

Published

on

Karnataka Council Passes FAR Amendment Bill
(Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar | File Photo PTI )

The Legislative Council approved the bill enabling the sale and purchase of premium Floor Area Ratio (FAR) despite the BJP members staging a walkout during the session on Thursday.

Presented by Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar, who oversees Bengaluru City Development, the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill 2024 received passage in the Council after its prior approval in the Assembly. This legislation permits developers to augment building floors by acquiring additional FAR through a fee payment equivalent to 40% of the guidance value, as sanctioned by local planning authorities. Furthermore, the bill sanctions the sale of FAR.

According to Shivakumar, the inclusion of premium FAR provision is anticipated to augment the revenues of local planning authorities, enabling investment in developmental endeavors. The premium FAR allotment is capped at 0.4%, with Transferable Development Rights limited to 0.6%.

The bill mandates that the proceeds from premium FAR fees be allocated towards land acquisition and the enhancement of basic amenities. Presently, FAR determination hinges on factors like road width, zoning regulations, and other pertinent parameters.

Expressing concerns, BJP MLCs cautioned against potential traffic congestion arising from the proliferation of buildings due to additional FAR. They proposed referring the matter to a select House committee for comprehensive deliberation, while some members advocated for an in-depth discussion before tabling the bill.

Shivakumar defended the legislation, asserting its simplification aimed at benefiting all stakeholders and bolstering the revenues of local planning authorities. He underscored that the previous BJP administration under Basavaraj Bommai had intentions to amend this law.

“We’ve introduced certain amendments to the law. Premium FAR has been operational in Mangaluru for some time now, generating approximately Rs 3,000 crore in additional revenue over the past six years. This amendment extends the same benefit to the entire state,” remarked Shivakumar.

However, BJP members opposed the bill and subsequently staged a walkout from the Council.

In addition, the Council ratified the BBMP Property Tax Amendment Bill, which previously received approval in the Assembly.

Shivakumar elucidated that the bill aimed to rectify an oversight from the previous government, which led to substantial penalties on property owners. He highlighted that the 15th Finance Commission stipulated the release of grants contingent upon property tax aligning with the guidance value, necessitating the introduction of this amendment bill.

Continue Reading

Karnataka

Forest personnel in Karnataka search for leopard, find dog

Forest officials in Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on high alert on Monday and Tuesday in response to reports of leopard sightings from concerned residents.

Published

on

Forest personnel in Karnataka search for leopard, find dog
(Representational Image)

Forest officials in Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on high alert on Monday and Tuesday in response to reports of leopard sightings from concerned residents. However, their efforts were met with an unexpected discovery. Despite the urgency of the calls, upon investigation, officials determined that the alleged leopard was, in fact, a dog.

Responding to multiple calls from RR Nagar residents who claimed to have seen a leopard in their vicinity on February 11 and later on February 19, forest personnel conducted a thorough search operation. However, their efforts yielded no evidence of a big cat prowling the area.

Even as some residents maintained night vigils in hopes of catching a glimpse of the elusive creature, no leopard was sighted. The situation escalated when residents of a local apartment complex shared CCTV footage capturing an animal moving along the road, albeit unclearly.

With concerns mounting, residents promptly alerted forest authorities, presuming the creature to be a leopard. Forest officials mobilized their resources for a comprehensive search, only to discover that the supposed leopard was, in reality, a domestic dog.

The incident highlights the importance of accurate identification and prompt response in wildlife management, even in urban areas where encounters with wildlife are rare but not unheard of.

Continue Reading

Trending