Raid details are given in public interest, says Lokayukta Santosh Hegde
BANGALORE: The assets amassed by the 10 officials raided by the Lokayukta on Friday are of staggering proportions. While one police officer from Gulbarga, with a total income of Rs. 45 lakh from known sources, has been found with assets worth about Rs. 4.56 crore, another officer from Belgaum, with an income of Rs. 29 lakh, has assets worth Rs. 4.58 crore.
The assets of an IAS officer, whose income is Rs. 1.05 crore, includes a Rs. 1 crore-worth house plus a second house in Bangalore; a house in Bidar; and five acres of land in Nelamangala. A circle inspector has assets worth Rs. 1.02 crore and an assistant road transport officer (ARTO) has assets worth Rs. 1.86 crore. An assistant manager of Karnataka Small Scale Industries Corporation (KSSIDC) possesses five cars, all with registration number “1167”.
These are some of the revelations made during the search conducted by the Lokayukta police on the offices and residences of 10 officials in different parts of the State on Thursday. The officials are IAS officer and Director of Social Welfare Baburao Mudibi; Superintendent of Police (Directorate of Civil Rights Enforcement), Gulbarga, B.P. Haraje; Deputy Superintendent of Police, Belgaum, B.G. Wadakar; Director (Technical) Industries and Commerce S.B. Kolar; Assistant Manager KSSIDC Subramanya; District Forest Officer, Bellary, Rajashekar; Additional SP D.C. Rajappa; Circle Inspector of Police, Jagalur, H.K. Revanna; ARTO Yeshwanthpur Murugaiah; and Motor Vehicle Inspector, Koppal, Venkatesh Malligeri.
In a departure from Thursday’s stance on giving details to the media, Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde on Friday said: “I am releasing this information in the interest of the public. I respect the demand made by some newspapers and senior journalists in this regard today.” He then revealed the details of the search conducted by the Lokayukta police.
Starting with Mr. Haraje, Mr. Hegde said the search was conducted on the day the official was retiring from police service. In his native Belatangadi of Dakshina Kannada district, the official has been found having a palatial house worth Rs. 1 crore, a five-acre plot, a commercial complex and gold and silver articles worth Rs. 2.84 lakh. This apart, the official has 12 flats in the city’s Brindavan Apartments, a flat in Sterling Residency near M.S. Ramaiah College and a house in Dollars Colony. He has made an investment of Rs. 40 lakh in his son’s Vish Skin Clinic. “There were three cheques for Rs. 83 lakh that are similar to those found in benami transactions,” Mr. Hegde said.
Mr. Wadakar has been found possessing a commercial complex in Belgaum on partnership basis with a share of Rs. 2.5 crore. He owns Ambe Apartment in Belgaum worth Rs. 1 crore, two houses and 22 acres of land in Soudatti taluk and Belgaum taluk. Mr. Murugaiah has a Rs. 1.20-crore house in Banashankari and has given a one-storied commercial complex in Jayangar on rent to Garden City Hotel. He has another house in Banashankari, five vehicles and Rs. 6.25 lakh in 13 bank accounts.
Mr. Mudibi stays in a Rs. 1-crore house in R.M.V. 2nd Stage. He has houses in Sanjay Nagar and a house in Mudbi village in Bidar.
Mr. Kolar stays in a two-storied house in Byataranapura. He owns a petrol bunk, a weigh bridge and two sites in Hubli, apart from having four sites in Yelahanka and three acres of land in Hosur. The Lokayukta sleuths found Rs. 1.54 lakh in cash, bank balance of Rs. 15.5 lakh and two kg of gold in his possession.
Mr. Subramanya, who has five vehicles with registration number “1167” has gone along with his family to the UK.
The Lokayukta sleuths sealed his Adarsha Nagar house and are awaiting his arrival from the UK. Mr. Hegde said they were yet to complete the valuation of the assets of the officials. “They are continuing with the investigations; people are giving more information about the assets of the officials,” he said.