The Anti-Corruption Bureau has registered a case of cheating against former deputy Chief Minister and senior state BJP leader R Ashok in connection with alleged irregularities in allotment of government land under a government scheme. ACB said it received a complaint against Ashok on the land allotment under "Bagair Hukum" scheme, based on which it carried out investigation. After the preliminary probe,ACB registered a case against Ashok under different sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, besides under section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 120 (B)(punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. As an MLA between 1998 and 2006, Ashok headed theBagair Hukum cultivation regularisation committee, when the irregularities occurred, ACB said in a press release. The others accused are Tahsildar of BengaluruSouth Taluk, Ramachandraiah, revenue inspector Gavi Gowda,Chowda Reddy and village accountant Shashidhar, it said. Under the Bagair Hukum land grant scheme, landlessfarm labourers living Below Poverty Line and donot have land of their own are given a maximum of four acresfor cultivation. The government demarcates theboundary around the cities and towns within which no allotment should be made.
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