Houses of six officials raided; assets worth Rs. 69 crore found

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BIG HAUL: Lokayukta N. Venkatachala (right) showing cash and articles found at the houses of six government officials on Friday. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
BIG HAUL: Lokayukta N. Venkatachala (right) showing cash and articles found at the houses of six government officials on Friday. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Staff Reporter

The raids were conducted in Bangalore city, Bangalore Rural, Dharwad and Mangalore

BANGALORE: The Lokayukta police on Friday raided the houses of six government officials and found assets worth Rs. 69 crore that were found disproportionate to their known sources of income. The raids were conducted simultaneously in the city, Bangalore Rural district, Dharwad and Mangalore.

In the operation that started around 4 a.m., the Lokayukta police raided the houses of H.V. Krishnaswamy, general manager, Karnataka State Finance Corporation (Rs. 20 crore); Rangaswamy, commercial tax officer, Mobile Squad, Koramangala, Bangalore (Rs. 14 crore); Narayana Reddy, village accountant, Tarabanahalli, Bangalore North taluk (Rs. 20 crore); Krishnappa, commandant, Karnataka State Reserve Police, Mangalore (Rs. 5 crore); Narappa, junior engineer, Cauvery Guesthouse (Rs. 5 crore) and Gangadharaiah, assistant commissioner, Commercial Tax Department, Dharwad (Rs. 5 crore).

The Lokayukta police have registered cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Two officers were produced before the jurisdictional session courts and were remanded in judicial custody.

The other officers will also be produced in court, Lokayukta N. Venkatachala told presspersons.

In the house of Mr. Krishnaswamy, the Lokayukta police found papers of four sites in Ejipura registered in his name and that of his wife.

They also found documents related to 62 acres of land at Hungenahalli in Kolar district; a site in Hungenahalli, three houses said to have been given as gift, another site in Varthur hobli, five acres of land registered in the name of his uncle, and 15 acres of agricultural land.

Mr. Krishnaswamy is said to be running two educational institutions under the name of a trust run by his wife.

The Lokayukta police found 245 gm of gold ornaments, two kg of silver articles and some cash.

Mr. Rangaswamy was staying in a palatial house in Sarjapur and it has been valued at Rs. 2.5 crore. He has in his name a 38- acre plantation worth Rs. 10 crore, runs a poultry farm in a three-acre area and has given two houses in Sarjapur on rent. The Lokayukta police found Rs. 2.4 lakh in cash, gold and silver articles worth Rs. 10 lakh and household articles worth Rs. 7 lakh. He has three luxury cars, a Scorpio jeep, a Maruti van and a Tata Qualis.

Mr. Narappa was found owning a two-storeyed house in HSR Layout worth Rs. 1 crore. The police found documents related to a plot at Tallya of Holalkere taluk in Chitradurga district, purchased in the name of his wife and of a house worth Rs. 70 lakh. Gold and silver articles worth Rs. 2.44 lakh, household articles worth Rs. 5 lakh, a luxury car, a scooter, and a motorcycle were also found. The police were yet to open two lockers in a branch of the State Bank of Mysore here.

The Lokayukta police found that Mr. Krishnappa owned a palatial house in BTM Layout in Bangalore, a site in Harihar and some land at Huvinahadagali of Bellary district.

Mr. Gangadharaiah had a palatial house and a luxury car.

From Mr. Narayana Reddy the Lokayukta police seized documents related to two houses in Sanjayanagar and three sites near Devanahalli international airport.

They also found him possessing 12 acres of land in Devanahalli. He was running a school built on a four-acre land at Bagepalli in Kolar district. He also had a luxury car and two school vans.

Mr. Venkatachala said the six officials were caught on the basis of information given by the people. The raids were conducted by six teams.

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