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Crusade against graft: Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde and Upa Lokayukta Patri Basavanagouda briefing presspersons about the raids conducted on Thursday, in Bangalore.
Crusade against graft: Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde and Upa Lokayukta Patri Basavanagouda briefing presspersons about the raids conducted on Thursday, in Bangalore.

Staff Reporter

They have been found to possess assets worth Rs. 19.46 crore

BANGALORE: The Lokayukta police on Thursday raided houses and offices of nine officials allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

One of the officers is in the list of Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) officers recommended for elevation to the IAS.

In Thursday’s operation — the seventh since November last — the Lokayukta police found the officers possessing assets worth Rs. 19.46 crore.

Topping the list is Assistant Engineer of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Chandrashekar, who has been found possessing assets worth Rs.10.59 crore.

Joint Director, Watershed Development Department, Bangalore, T.V. Ramadas, has been found having assets worth Rs. 2.59 crore. Chief Executive Officer, Belgaum, D.B. Naik, who is in the list of KAS officers recommended to the IAS, was found possessing assets worth Rs. 1.06 crore.

The officers and the value of their assets are as follows: Deputy Director of Town Planning H.A. Hafeez and his brother H.A. Iqbal, Inspector of Motor Vehicles, Bidar (Rs. 1.42 crore); Deputy Commissioner of Commercial Taxes, Mangalore, Dayananda Naik (Rs. 1.08 crore); Assistant Director of Agriculture, Shimoga, K.G. Manjappa (Rs. 1.01 crore); Chief Executive Officer, Tumkur Zilla Panchayat, Govindaraj (Rs. 1.15 crore); and Assistant Executive Engineer, Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company Ltd, Teja Naik (Rs. 52.24 lakh).

The searches were conducted simultaneously in Bangalore, Tumkur, Mangalore, Shimoga, Bellary and Belgaum districts.

“Except for some resistance during the search at D.B. Naik’s house in Belgaum, the entire operation was smooth.

The searches are still going on,” said Additional Director-General of Police (Lokayukta) Rupak Kumar Dutta.

The Lokayukta police found the officials having invested in commercial complexes, sites and agricultural land. The Lokayukta police found from Mr. Chandrashekar residence documents related to 12 properties worth Rs. 10 crore in Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Vijayanagar, which were in the names of his brothers-in-law B.K. Nagendra and B.K. Ashok. “Both of them have not paid income tax returns and the Income Tax department has already conducted a raid. We are looking into the source of income for the purchase of the property,” Mr. Dutta said.

Petrol stations

A new thing discovered was the investment made in running petrol stations.

Mr. Teja Naik owns a Reliance petrol station on Harapanalli Road at Kottur in Bellary district. The Lokayukta police are verifying the official’s claim that he invested Rs. 25 lakh in the project that is worth nearly Rs. 1 crore.

Mr. Govindaraj was also found running a petrol station. The Lokayukta police are looking into the agreement related to purchase of 30 acres of land.

Among the properties found from Mr. Hafeez and his brother Mr. Iqbal, include a shopping complex in R.T. Nagar in Bangalore, a service station near Tumkur on Pune-Bangalore Road, four two-storeyed houses, three sites and agricultural land. The two also run a timber yard, which is yet to be valued.

Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde said with the State Government amending the service rules, he hoped that officials accused of possessing assets disproportionate to their income would be suspended.

“I hope the departmental heads will take action following the letter by our ADGP (Mr. Dutta),” Mr. Hegde told presspersons on Thursday.

Mr. Hegde reiterated that the Lokayukta police had been taking the value of the properties, including those recovered during Thursday raids, as on the date of their purchase.

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