Joy Ice Cream land case has resurfaced again. The Prestige Projects and the Joy Ice cream had challenged the State Government.
Joy Ice Creams was allotted land in question measuring 3 acres and 23 guntas in 2006 by Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB). The land is in Pattandur Agrahara in KR Puram.
Within 40 days of executing the deed, Joy Ice Cream sold the land to Prestige Estate Projects Ltd. After purchasing the land from Joy Ice Creams, Prestige constructed a multi-storeyed residential building consisting of 21 floors and four villas.
Later, the government withdrew the condition relating to non-alienation of the land and the deputy commissioner also withdrew all conditions imposed while granting land. Subsequently, the land grant in favour of Joy Ice Creams was cancelled on the ground that it has violated the conditions.
The Joy Ice Creams and Prestige had challenged the Government order in the Karnataka High court. The inquiry by the Revenue Secretary regarding the sale of the land has blamed the action of the KIADB as having resulted in the misuse of the plot.
The inquiry also raised issues on how the development plan was sanctioned. Even before getting the land, the joy ice creams had entered into an agreement of sale with the Prestige Projects.
This reveals that Joy ice Cream was not interested in building a software park and serviced apartment on its own.
The inquiry also raised issues on how the development plan for taking up the housing project had been sanctioned.
Enquiry by State Government:
The State Government had ordered a departmental enquiry against the officials who had recommended the extension of relaxation to the Prestige Estates.
The Lokayukta in 2014 had submitted a report against the officials who favoured the prestige estates. The complaint was filed over the violation of land allotment by Joy Ice Cream Pvt. Ltd.
After 4 years, the revenue department took a decision to recommend a departmental enquiry. The officials Mahesh babu (DC’s office), R. Lakshman Prasad (Sub-registrar) and an official who was Shirastedar recommended to the Government, the extension of relaxation to Prestige Estates.
On the basis of the Lokayukta report, the State government had sought for a detailed replay from the officials. The High court quashed the State Government’ order of land allotment cancellation. An NGO, Samaja Parivartana Samudaya has filed an appeal challenging the single judge bench order.
The case is yet to come up for hearing.