Bangalore (Agencies): After having put the BS Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka on its toes on various allegations of corruption, the Deve Gowda family on Thursday found itself in a soup as the state government on Thursday ordered a probe into certain land deals said to have been made by them.

Getting back at the JD-S chief and his sons, who have been repeatedly leveling charges against Yeddyurappa, the government began a probe into grant of 82.10 acres of government land in Paduvalahippe village in Hassan district, allegedly in violation of Land Reforms Act. 

The land held included 4.39 acres of tank, which was breached and converted into a farm in the name of Gowda's wife Chennamma, and later transferred to his son H D Revanna.

Giving details of the investigation against the Gowda family, B J Puttaswamy, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, said that revenue authorities in Bangalore division had served a notice on H Kavitha, wife of H D Balakrishna Gowda, eldest son of Gowda, for buying 8.06 acres at Chikkagubbi village on the city outskirts.

She has been asked to appear for enquiry along with appropriate documents on February 23.

"The lands purchased by family members of Gowda are in violation of Land Revenue Act Section 79 A, which bars anyone having non-agricultural income exceeding Rs two lakh from buying agricultural lands. All those who have purchased lands are Income Tax assesses and cannot purchase lands," he said.

Notices have also been sent to Gowda's another son, former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, who has purchased 21.36 acres near Bidadi in Ramanagara district and another piece measuring 22.21 acres in the same area, which he reportedly got as "gift" from his mother-in-law Vimala.

Puttasamy claimed the above lands belong to SC/ST people which was granted by the government and purchase of these lands by others was violative of rules.

Kumaraswamy has also been slapped with a notice for purchasing 6.38 acres from a SC person. Vimala was given a notice, stating that she violated rules by purchasing the said land.

The BJP has accused JD-S of colluding with Congress to topple the first ever BJP government in the south.

"Revanna and Kumaraswamy have been repeatedly saying they would retire from politics if anyone proved allegations of illegal land grabbing and irregularities in purchase of lands by them. Now I have proved it with documentary evidence. When will they retire from politics," Puttaswamy said.

Housing Minister V Somanna, who was also present, alleged that Devegowda has been "intolerant" to Chief Ministers from the majority Lingayat community. He had troubled S R Bommai, J H Patel, S Nijalingappa and now Yeddyurappa, he said.