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Lokayukta police arrest three Sub-Registrars

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Cash, loaded revolver seized from Gandhinagar office



CASH TRAPPED: Lokayukta N. Venkatachala (right) takes a look at the seized cash and a gun at Gandhinagar Sub-Registar's Office in Bangalore on Wednesday. — Photo: K. Murali Kumar

BANGALORE: The Lokayukta Police on Wednesday raided the Sub Registrar's Office in Gandhinagar and arrested 11 persons, including three Sub-Registrars, under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1990.

The police seized cash of Rs. 44,500 from the arrested at the office.

The police seized a loaded revolver from Anand, alleged to be a tout at the office. The police arrested Anand and two other alleged touts, Ramakrishna and Prabhakar.

Following complaints that corruption was rampant at the Sub-Registrar's Office in Gandhinagar, Lokayukta N. Venkatachala directed the Lokayukta police to conduct raids.

Clerk runs away

During the raids, Second Division Clerk Rajappa allegedly ran away from the office on seeing the Lokayukta team. About Rs. 22,500 was seized from Rajappa's table, Superintendent of Police (Lokayukta) G. Ramesh said.

The names of the arrested were given as Jayamma, D. Krishnappa, Chikkapeddanna — all Sub- Registrars, and Rajendra, Narayanappa, Mudduveerappa, K.R. Suresh and Mallikarjuna - all Second Division Clerks.

The arrested were brought to the Lokayukta office and produced before the Lokayukta.

They will be produced before the court on Thursday, Mr. Ramesh said.

The Lokayukta sources said that Mr. Krishnappa was arrested in 2001 for allegedly possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The Lokayukta police had filed a charge sheet against him in the court and the trial is on.

Despite this, Mr. Krishnappa managed to get a plum posting, the sources added.

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