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Lokayukta raids unearth assets worth Rs. 6.86 cr.

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Offices and houses of six officials and an FDA searched

Bangalore: The Lokayukta on Wednesday raided the offices and houses of six officials and a First Division Assistant who were found to possess assets of Rs. 6.86 crore, which was disproportionate to their known sources of income.

The seven persons are B.C. Shantha Kumar, Assistant Manager, Karnataka State Forest Industries Corporation Ltd., Hassan; Jayananda B. Narasannavar, Motor Vehicle Inspector, Chikkodi; Nagappa, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Chamarajanagar; Pratap Singh Tiwari, Director of Physical Education, Gulbarga University; Shivalingaiah, Junior Engineer, Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board, Dharwad; C. Devaraju, First Division Assistant, HOPCOMS; and Srikanth R. Mysore, Executive Engineer, Panchayat Raj Engineering Division, Sagar.

Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde said that the properties were valued based on rates mentioned in the documents found. Even gold was valued around Rs. 500 a gm, though the current market rate was over Rs. 1,600.

“If we value the assets and properties at the prevailing market rates, their value will be much higher,” he said.

Mr. Nagappa, who joined as tahsildar in 1983, tops the list possessing assets worth Rs. 1.35 crore as against his total income of Rs. 80.97 lakh, including a loan of Rs. 35 lakh. He owns three sites and over 10 acres in Gulbarga district.

Mr. Jayananda B. Narasannavar, who joined service in 1990, was found to possess assets worth Rs. 1.14 crore, including three sites in Bangalore, one site in Belgaum, two sites in Gokak, and two-storeyed building in Belgaum.

His total income was around Rs. 20 lakh.

Mr. Srikanth R. Mysore, who joined as Junior Engineer in 1978, was found to have assets worth Rs. 1.02 crore, while his total income was Rs. 51 lakh.

Mr. Hegde said that two lockers were yet to be opened. Mr. Mysore was earlier involved in a misappropriation case at Shikaripur.

The case would be re-opened and investigated, he said.

Mr. Shantha Kumar, who joined service in 1976, had assets worth Rs. 95.30 lakh. His total income was Rs. 29 lakh.

Mr. Devaraju, who joined service in 1977 as a Group D employee, owned property and assets worth Rs. 87.56 lakh, while his total income is Rs. 20 lakh.

Mr. Pratap Singh Tiwari, joined as a physical education instructor in 1978, was found to have assets worth Rs. 84.12 lakh, while his total income was Rs. 41 lakh.

Mr. Shivalingaiah, who joined service as Junior Engineer in 1997, was found to possess property and assets worth Rs. 67.59 lakh, while his total income was Rs. 15 lakh.

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