Online petition launched for CBI investigation into MUDA fraud

An online petition is going around on social media to garner public support for a Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) probe into the irregularities in site allocation by the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA).

The petition was launched at the behest of consumer activist group Mysuru Grahakara Parishat (MGP) and argued that more public support and involvement was needed to expose all those involved in the MUDA scam. Therefore, the case should be transferred to the CBI.

A decision to launch the online petition was taken by the MGP in its recent meeting. The petition said that it is shocking that only a few officials were transferred when the scam broke out and they were not even suspended pending an inquiry. The petitioners claim that the 50:50 scam is just the tip of the iceberg and sought a probe into the findings of the TM Vijaybhaskar report on land encroachment in Mysuru. The report was prepared more than two decades ago and has exposed the land grabbing in the city, the petition said.

The petition complained that the Vijaybhaskar report was never made public and that the deputy commissioners who wanted to implement the report were either transferred overnight or suffered the consequences. Therefore, it was high time that an agency like the CBI should investigate the matter.

Bhamy V. Shenoy of MGP appealed to the public to sign the petition on, saying that in a democracy numbers matter and it is necessary that more people sign the petition.

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