ACB raids 15 govt officials across Karnataka over disproportionate assets,reveals massive unaccounted assets worth Crores,Bundles of notes flow out of PVC pipe during ACB raid at PWD engineer’s house

Pramesh S Jain,Thomas,Yogesh K Porwar & Avanth Kumar Kankaria 

Details of corrupt government officials raided by Anti-corruption bureau a massive raid across Karnataka ;

In a massive searches conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) across Karnataka on Wednesday,officials seized gold ornaments, cash and immovable assets,such as houses and plots, worth crores of rupees, owned by government officials.

As part of Wednesday’s operations,both the houses and offices of 15 corrupt government officials and their relatives in Mangalore, Bengaluru,Mandya, Kalaburgi and other districts were raided.

As many as 503 Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials on Wednesday launched simultaneous search operations at 68 locations across Karnataka targeting 15 government officials across departments as part of a probe into alleged disproportionate assets.

Karnataka ACB seizes cash Rs.1,53,89,000, 16.495 kgs of gold,papers related to over 100 properties.

Household articles worth of few crores also found in today’s raid on 15 govt officials. A Joint Director of Agriculture Department,a PWD JE has topped the chart.

For the last one year a team of ACB officials was
assigned to analyze the properties of Mayanna, First Division Assistant with the BBMP central office before his house was raided on Wednesday.

Mayanna was among the 15 officials being raided by ACB teams across the state in connection with the disproportionate properties to their known source of Income .

Besides leading a luxurious life,the ACB officials recovered documents pertaining to four houses, six sites,two acres of agricultural land,one car, two bikes,Cash Rs.59,000,Rs.10 lakh worth FDs ,Rs.1.5 lakh fixed deposits,600 grams of gold

valuables,documents pertaining to three benami properties,12 lakh worth household articles are among the movable and immovable properties and documents seized.

Similarly,another team of ACB officials raided the house of G V Giri,a D-group employee with BBMP school in Yeshwanthpur and recovered documents pertaining to six houses in city,four cars and four bikes,8 kgs of silver articles,Rs.1.8 lakh cash, Rs.15 lakh worth household articles , from his house .

Many officials who have been under the scanner had a hunch of being raided and adopted ingenious ways to conceal their property.

Like in the case of Shanthanagouda Biradar,a Junior Engineer attached to the Jewargi Sbu-Division of PWD,had stashed the currency bundled inside the plastic pipe installed as the drainage exhaust pipe at his house.

The ACB officials during a thorough check found that unusual sound from the pipe when tapped and later summoned a plumber to cut open the pipe to find the currency bundles tumbling out.

The officials filled the bundles in a plastic bucket and took them for counting.It was around Rs.13.5 lakh among the total Rs.40 lakh cash seized from his house.

THe ACB officials also found that joint director, Agriculture department in Gadag,TS Rudreshappa has love for the gold.

The officers recovered 9.4 kgs of gold biscuits, two kgs of silver articles,documents pertaining to two houses in Shimoga,four sites across the state,8 acres of agriculture land,Rs 15.9 lakh cash and Rs 20 lakh household articles recovered from his house situated in Gadag.

Some of the officials who are under the scanner include KS.Lingegowda,executive engineer,Smart City,Mangalore;Srinivas.K.executive engineer, HLBC,Mandya;TS.Rudreshappa,Joint director, agriculture department in Gadag;Cooperative Development Officer of Savadatti AK Masti; Sadashiv Maralingannanavar,senior motor inspector,Gokak;Nathaji Heeraji Patil,a Grade ‘C’ employee at Hescom in Belgaum;SM. Biradar, junior engineer,PWD and KS.Shivanand,retired sub registrar;Ballari.

The ACB team conducted raids In Bengaluru,residences and offices,of corrupt government officials the residential properties of Rajashekar,a physiotherapist at the Government Hospital in Yelahanka;Mayanna M,First division assistant (FDA)at the Major Roads and Infrastructure department of the BBMP; LC. Nagaraj,KAS officer at the Sakala Mission;and G. V. Giri, Group ‘D’employee,Yeshwanthpura,BBMP.

ACB teams are also carrying out raids on properties belonging to Vasudev,former project manager,Nirmithi Kendra.Bengaluru; Lakshminarashimaiah,revenue inspector, Doddaballapur and B.Krishnareddy,general manager,Nandini Dairy; Bengaluru.

We are seizing cash,valuables and documents as part of the probe,said ACB officials who did not divulge further information as raids are ongoing.

The raid and search and seizure is just one part of the major operation.The bigger challenge is to evaluate the properties to ascertain the exact amount of disproportion,a senior officer,part of the operation said.

Meanwhile ACB officials takes agriculture department officer,Rudreshappa into custody for further investigation.

ACB officials even arrested corrupt PWD officer Shantagowda Biradar in Kalaburgi both the officers were taken into custody for not cooperating during the raid so to investigate further they have been taken into custody a senior officer told reporters.

Finally Chief Minister of Karnataka,Basavaraj Bommai, Home Minister,Araga Jnanendra,has appreciated DG-IGP,Praveen Sood,and his team as,ADGP,ACB,Seemanth Kumar Singh,and his whole team of 503 officials who has successfully conducted the raid very secret and confidentiality without giving any hint to the corrupt bureacrats and unearthed huge cash and moveable and Immovable properties from them and further investigation is on.