Mangaluru: Deputy Commissioner AB Ibrahim held a meeting to discuss the rehabilitation of Chandrashekar Gowda at his office on January 28.
Chandrashekar Gowda had defaulted on a loan of Rs 50400, for which the co-operative society auctioned his mortgaged land of 6 acres for a mere Rs 1.2 lakh. He now stays in a jungle at about 20 KM from Sullia from the past 16 years as he has nowhere to go. He has a Fiat car that doesn’t work, but Gowda had been paying the car insurance premiums without fail. For survival he makes baskets and sells them to a local store at Rs 90 per piece. An human interest article was published about him in a local daily which managed to grab the attention of the Deputy Commissioner.
Officials from the co-operative society, lawyer, psychologists and doctors attended the meeting to study the special case of Chandrashekar Gowda.
DC Ibrahim discussed Gowda’s case in the chronological order and verified the version of the society’s officials and Gowda’s version. Gowda had taken a loan in the year 1999 for a term of one year. He failed to repay the loan amount, following which the society had sent him reminders and notices. The land was later auctioned in the year 2002. It was also noted that the court had issued a decree to auction the disputed land in another case where the money from the auction was to be used as alimony to be given to Gowda’s sister in law. This was the reason which the society presented as an excuse for a quick auction of the land.
Ibrahim said, “When you were served with notices, you could have approached the society, could have met elected leaders or could have approached the court. The society could have shown some humanity towards a farmer, which I am sure they haven’t.”
Suggestion of a lawyer was sought who said that there was no scope for an appeal. Ibrahim however asked the lawyer to file a case for the ‘mental satisfaction’ of Gowda. “I will also work towards giving you 1 acre land beside the disputed property by filling the 94CC form under Akrama Sakrama,” Ibrahim added.
Ibrahim further gave a proposal to Gowda to work at the Pilikula artisans village. Founder and Director of Prajna Counselling Centre, Prof. Hilda Rayappan and Dr Ravish Tunga (MD psychiatry) also spoke to Gowda. Ibrahim directed DMO, Dr Rajeshwari to admit Gowda in the Wenlock hospital for a period of two days and have a psychological evaluation of him.
During the discussions a reporter questioned the verification procedures of the co-operative society as a decree regarding the auction of the land was already issued by the court. The reporter suggested that the case could be contested over this point.
After the meeting, Ibrahim said, “He certainly has psychological issues as he is away from any emotional interaction and society for a long time. After knowing the issue it is my duty to take steps, we don’t want anything to go wrong.”