KARNATAKA

This SP is worth Rs. 250 crore

Karnataka Bureau

Lokayukta police raid houses of five officials in various parts of State

BANGALORE: The Lokayukta police on Wednesday raided the houses of five officers, including Superintendent of Police M. Hemant Nimbalkar, who have been accused of possessing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

This is for the first that the Lokayukta police have extended their pursuit of assets possessed by the officials beyond the State’s boundaries.

Mr. Nimbalkar is believed to be worth at least Rs. 250 crore, according to Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde.

The Lokayukta police took the help of the Maharashtra police to raid the flats of Mr. Nimbalkar in Dadar (East) in Mumbai and his properties at Kolhapur, his native place.

Mr. Nimbalkar, said to be a relative of the Maharashtra Chief Minister, has so far been found possessing assets worth Rs. 76 lakh.

“We are receiving calls from New Delhi and Mumbai about his properties. He has connections with powerful businessmen and Maharashtra politicians. The search is still on in Mumbai and Kolhapur,” Mr. Hegde told reporters on Wednesday.

Among the other officers whose houses are being searched are L.H. Hanumanthappa, Agriculture Officer, Lingasagur, who has been found possessing assets worth Rs. 1.47 crore; Laxman, Assistant Commissioner of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, has been found having assets worth Rs. 1.29 crore; Chaluve Gowda, Executive Engineer of Public Works Department, Mandya (Rs. 71.65 lakh); and Veerashetty, Junior Engineer of Bhalki Taluk Panchayat (Rs. 92 lakh).

Mr. Nimbalkar is the second directly recruited IPS officer accused of possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. Mr. Nimbalkar was last posted to Mandya.

“He refused to join duty there and was asked by the Director-General and Inspector-General of Police to look after the Anti-Terrorism Squad,” Mr. Hegde said.

The ATS is a part of the newly formed Internal Security Division headed by Additional Director-General of Police Kempaiah, who is the other IPS officer facing charges of possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Mr. Nimbalkar has been found possessing two acres of land in Belgaum. Mr. Hegde said his police had a lot of information on his assets, which he said were in the region of Rs. 250 crore. “He has made investments in the field of production, dealership and construction. He is a shrewd investor and has a business interest. We are questioning six persons who have received money from Mr. Nimbalkar,” Mr. Hegde said.

The Lokayukta police are questioning persons associated with a logistics firm, which is involved in transportation of iron ore and other minerals. They were also questioning persons associated with a newly opened mall in Belgaum.

They are also looking into investments made in building Police Gymkhana in Bellary at the time when the mining business started to boom.

Other officers

Mr. Hanumanthappa has a flat and two sites in Bangalore.

He has also been found possessing 22 sites, a flat, a farmhouse and 42 acres of land in Raichur district.

Mr. Laxman has been found having two houses at Banashankari, a commercial building at Jayanagar here and a site at Raghuvanahalli off Kanakapura Road.

Mr. Laxman has made investments in construction of a house in Kumaraswamy Layout here.

Mr. Chaluve Gowda has two two-storeyed houses in Mandya, a site in Mysore, a 16-acre mango and coconut garden in Mandya and a poultry farm.

Mr. Veerashetty has been found possessing three houses, a site and 12 acres of land in Bidar district.

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