Houses of BJP MLA, son raided in Bangalore

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The office of BJP MLA M. Srinivas at Nagarabavi in Bangalore, which was raided by the Lokayukta police on Saturday.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar
The office of BJP MLA M. Srinivas at Nagarabavi in Bangalore, which was raided by the Lokayukta police on Saturday.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

The Lokayukta police on Saturday raided the residences and business premises of BJP MLA for Rajarajeshwari Nagar M. Srinivas, his councillor-son S. Venkatesh Babu and their associates, and unearthed properties and jewellery worth several crores. They also seized documents pertaining to property.

In the raids that commenced around 6 a.m., the sleuths visited 13 premises belonging to the legislator's family as well his associates. They included the residence and office of the legislator at 4th Cross in Jayanagar 7th block and his son's residence in an apartment complex on Kanakapura Main Road also in Jayanagar 7th block.

Mr. Babu represents Kottigepalya ward in the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council and he is the chairman of the Standing Committee on Health. Mr. Srinivas is the fourth legislator to be raided by the Lokayukta police in recent time after S.R. Vishwanath (BJP-Yelahanka), M.S. Somalingapa (BJP-Siriguppa) and M. Krishnappa (Congress-Vijayanagar).

Besides, the Lokayukta sleuths also raided R.M.S. International School, managed by Mr. Srinivas's family, on Kanakapura Main Road, an industrial shed in Srinivasa Industrial Estate near Konanakunte Cross on Kanakapura Road, office of Mr. Babu at Nagarabavi 2nd Stage and a commercial complex at Uttarahalli here.

The officials stumbled upon a huge cache of documents pertaining to various financial and property dealings of Mr. Srinivas at the residence of Rajanna, believed to be his close associate.

According to a release, they seized three suitcases full of documents at Mr. Rajanna's residence at Rajyothsava Nagar in Kumaraswamy Layout.

The house of another associate Rashmi D'Souza was locked when the sleuths arrived. Documents pertaining to houses and land at the residence of Nagaraja, another aide, at Kadirenahalli and at Sukramma Maramma Enterprises at Laggere here, were seized.

The search comes in the wake of a private complaint filed in the 23rd Additional City Civil and Special Court against the father-son duo by Dinesh Kallahalli, who has alleged that the two amassed wealth disproportionate to the known sources of income.

After the special court directed the city Lokayukta police to investigate the complaint, the police registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.

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