By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangaluru: :"Despite the court issuing its order on December 19, 2014 on this issue, the BBMP has not made its points clear. The court has directed BBMP to issue property identification numbers along with form A." 'B' khata holders will have to wait a bit longer to enjoy the relief ordered by Karnataka high court which had directed Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to include all properties in 'A' khata (regularised properties) registers and issue property identification numbers (PINs) to all properties irrespective of whether they were assessed or not to uniformly levy property tax.
The Karnataka High Court had said that the practice of issuing 'B' Khatas as illegal. The court also ordered the BBMP to include all properties in the Form A Register and issue property identification numbers (PIN) to all properties irrespective of being assessed or not for levying property tax. The orders, which have put the BBMP in royal fix, came from the court of Justice Ram Mohan Reddy, three weeks ago after he concluded hearing of writ petition numbers 6734-6751/2013 (LB-BMP) . 'B' Khata properties are those unauthorized constructions in the city built on lands without valid sanctions and approvals. 'B' Khata is not an entitlement to the property, but simply an acknowledgement that tax for the said property is being paid to the government. It is not a title deed and is just an identification entered in a register titled "B" and hence the name 'B' Khata - it is 8%not considered as a valid Khata extract.Good news for lakhs of property owners who are caught between deceitful builders and corrupt BBMP officials with regards to obtaining khatas for their properties: The Karnataka High Court has dubbed the practice of issuing 'B' Khatas as illegal. It has ordered the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to include all properties in the Form A Register.
The Karnataka High Court has mandated that the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) cannot award 'B Khata' certificates to buildings and properties, as these are just certifications for the assessment of property tax and are in no way to be taken as arbiters of a property being legal or illegal. In other words, if a property does not have an A Khata, it is illegal. The motion comes as some form of relief for lakhs of property owners who own B Khata property and are caught between builders who are unwilling to apply for occupancy certificate because of the property tax that they will have to pay and the BBMP officials who have created many confusion in the minds of residents and owners.