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The News Minute | January 15, 2015 | 5.30 pm IST “Wait, I’ll go that side, I cant see in the dark,” Chikkathaiyamma said in a tremulous voice, offering to give her lawyer’s number. She had sold her kidney to try and get her father’s land back, you see. Speaking to The News Minute on Thursday, a distraught Chikkathayiamma said that she could not say much as she had to look after her mother, who had diarroeha and had not eaten since Wednesday. After years of trying to convince government officials to rectify land records, she finally sold her kidney. “I know my troubles. I don’t know how to read. I’ve gone to the AC court, the civil court, Lokayukta… I went to them all. Now I only believe in god,” she answered when asked if she thought whether the Lokayukta inquiry would help her get her land back. She then offered to give her lawyer’s number and said: “Wait, I’ll go that side, I cant see in the dark,” before reading out the number. Jayaram, Chikkathaiyamma’s lawyer said that her father Madegowda had slightly over 16 acres of land in Belawadi village in Srirangapatna taluk. Her troubles began when her father died, leaving behind all the land records in his name. The ownership of land had to now reflect the names of his heirs. Desperate, she said she sold her kidney around one-and-a-half-years ago. Madegowda died in 1988. He had been paralysed for around six months before his death. For several years, Jayaram said that she and her family had faced harassment from neighbours who would try and encroach on the land they owned, and which her father had cultivated. She complained to the police, to revenue officials as well, about the attempts to encroach on the land, and also tried to get the land transferred to her own name and to the names of her sisters. Around one and a half years ago, when a particular Village Accountant was posted to Belawadi, he allegedly demanded Rs 80,000 from her to set rectify all the land records. She heard that she could raise money by selling her kidney and went ahead to do it without telling her family. After returning, her family learned of it only when she began to complaint of pain. She is now around 50 years old. The case came to the notice of Upalokayukta Suresh B Adi and he has ordered an inquiry into the allegations. On Thursday, revenue officials conducted a survey as a part of their inquiry. Tweet

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