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Lokayukta raids unearth assets worth over Rs. 8 crore

Staff Reporter

They were conducted simultaneously in six places


BANGALORE: In raids conducted simultaneously in six cities in the State on Tuesday, the Lokayukta police found six officials to be possessing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Assets worth over Rs. 8 crore were unearthed during the raids.

The raids were conducted simultaneously in Bangalore, Bidar, Mysore, Davangere, Dharwad and Chikmagalur.

The names of the officials whose office and houses were searched are S. Thimmaraju, Food Inspector, Hoskote Taluk Office; K.T. Mada Shetty, Junior Engineer, Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Ltd. (KRIDL), Bidar; Siddarama Ningappa Koganura, Assistant Executive Engineer, Panchayat Raj Engineering Subdivision, Indi, Bijapur; Shankara Gowda Patil, Assistant Executive Engineer, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana Subdivision, Bijapur; Noor Ahmad Khan, Assistant Director, KRIDL, Kittur, Belgaum; and C.K. Prasad, Second Division Assistant, Panchayat Raj Engineering Division, Chikmagalur.

Rs. 29.9 lakh in cash

A sum of Rs. 29.9 lakh in cash was found in the houses of Mr. Shetty in Mysore and Bidar. “While Rs. 15 lakh was found in a safe belonging to Mr. Shetty's wife in Mysore, Rs. 14.9 lakh was found in his house in Bidar,” said Additional Director-General of Police (Lokayukta) Rupak Kumar Dutta. This was among the Rs. 2-crore worth assets possessed by Mr. Shetty who joined the service in 1994 and had cumulative income of Rs. 40 lakh.

Mr. Khan has been found having 19 acres of land in Santebennur in Davangere district. A petrol station has come up on a land registered in his wife's name in Santebennur. Records about Mr. Khan possessing six plots and 34 guntas of land in Santebennur have also been found.

Mr. Thimmaraju has been found having a four-storey commercial complex in Uttarahalli in Bangalore, a house in Banashankari 3rd stage and a 2,400-sq. ft site in Tavarekere.

A majority of the assets found during the Tuesday's raids were in the names of wife or children of the officials.

“We have not found any benami property,” Mr. Dutta said.

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