In the mock trial at the people's court organised by Bhoo Swadheena Virodhi Vedike, a forum fighting acquisition of land for the project, Deve Gowda defended himself saying that he was a humble farmer fighting for the cause of the farmers.
He alleged that Advocate General Ashok Haranahalli had misled the Supreme court by stating that the state government was ready to hand over land to the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises Ltd (NICE), while the Chief Secretary had directed the AG to inform the court that the government needs some time before handing over the land.
Kumaraswamy, during whose term as Chief Minister a commission of inquiry was set up, explained measures he took to check the irregularities.
The people"s court, the first of its kind on the BMIC project, was convened by farmers, project- affected persons and by various organizations, including Bhoo Swadheena Viordhi Vedike and Dalit Sangharsha Samiti.
Apart from launching a 'disobedience movement' against the project, the Vedike also decided to institute a criminal prosecution against the accused.