Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had announced that the first Budget of the JD(S)- Congress coalition will be presented on July 5. But now, the court has issued summons to Kumaraswamy on July 5 with respect to Thanisandra denotification case.

The Lokayukta Special Court issued the order. CM Kumaraswamy is accused in the denotification case where he had allegedly denotified 3.24 acres of land when he was the chief minister of the state in 2006. A case has been booked under IPC sections 182 and 420.   

A case in this regard was registered in the Lokayukta Court by Mahadevaswamy from Chamarajanagar in the year 2012. Kumaraswamy had got the anticipatory bail and had moved the High Court to reject the case. But instead the court ordered a probe.

Background of the case:

Records state that Kumaraswamy had signed the denotification order following a request by then Forest Minister D Chennigappa. It is said that the BDA-owned land was denotified and 44 houses have been built there now. Thus Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA), in return, has incurred a loss of at least Rs 50 crore and it is also alleged that Kumaraswamy and Chennigappa have got a share for denotifying the land.

Former CM and Congress leader Siddaramaiah has been criticising Kumaraswamy for presenting a budget as he already presented one in February this year as part of the Congress government.

Will Kumaraswamy present the Budget on July 5 or will the date be postponed?