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Lokayukta raids on 7 govt officials

Bangalore, Dec 2, DHNS:

Illegal assets worth Rs 6.87 cr unearthed

Seven government officials, including a relative of former chief minister Dharam Singh, have landed in the Lokayukta net. Assets worth Rs 6.87 crore disproportionate to their known source of income were seized on Wednesday.

Ill-gotten: The house belonging to Hopcoms FDA Devaraju, which was raided by Lokayukta at Banashankari 3rd Stage in Bangalore on Wednesday. DH Photo

 
Lokayukta Santosh Hegde said, “Till date, we have conducted only 53 raids compared to 92 cases, last year.”

"We are not taking the market value of the properties. Even the gold is calculated at Rs 460 (per gram) and not the current high prices in the market," Hegde clarified.

Topping the day’s list was Nagappa, Additional Commissioner, Chamarajnagar (joined as tahsildar in 1983) Rs 1,35, 76,297. Followed by Jayanand B Narasannavar, Motor Vehicles inspector, Chikkodi (1990) Rs 1,14,08,900; Srikanth R Mysore, Executive Engineer, Panchayat Raj Engineering division, Sagar (joined as Junior engineer in 1978) Rs 1,02,06,341; BC Shantakumar, Assistant Manager, Karnataka State Forest Industries Corporation Ltd, Hassan (joined service in 1976) Rs 95,30,727; C Devaraju, FDA HOPCOMS, Bangalore (joined as D-group employee in 1977) Rs 87,56,426; Pratap Singh Tiwari, Director of Physical Education, Gulbarga University (joined as Physical Education Instructor in 1978) Rs 84,12,579 and Shivalingaiah,
Junior Engineer, KIADB, Dharwad (1997) Rs 67,59,800.


Pratap Singh Tiwari, a relative of former Chief Minister Dharam Singh, owns a mineral water plant — Souharda Mahila Udyoga besides several buildings and sites. Pratap owns 8 acres and 20 guntas of land in two villages in Gulbarga, and several vehicles. His eight bank passbooks are yet to be verified. In all, he has amassed Rs 85 lakh.

Within a week after celebrating his daughter's marriage, spending more than Rs 10 lakh, Devaraju, a first division clerk in Hopcoms, ran out of luck and was forced to face the Lokayukta sleuths. He joined the service as a D-group in 1977 and his total income does not cross Rs 20 lakh but he runs a factory - Adithya Designing factory in Nayandahalli on Mysore Road with more than 13 machines and with each machine valued more than Rs 50 lakh. The factory land is in his wife's name but he claims that he is not the owner and that the business is a partnership firm, said the Lokayukta officials.

Devaraju owns two houses at Banashankari 3rd Stage and Bommananayakanahalli, a high-end car, tractor/trailer, investments and a bank locker is yet to be opened. Within a month after being caught in a Rs 4-crore misappropriation of funds, Srikanth R Mysore, Executive Engineer Panchayat Raj Engineering Division, Sagar was raided  by the Lokayukta. The engineer owns valuable plots in several places in and around Davangere, besides several vehicles, bank deposits, lockers, insurance policies and fixed deposits in the name of his wife and son.

Amassed wealth

Nagappa,
Additional Commissioner,
Chamarajnagar
joined as Tahsildar in 1983;
Total income Rs 80,97,500
Rs 1,35,76,297

B C Shantakumar
Assistant Manager, Karnataka State Forest Industries Corporation Ltd, Hassan (joined service in 1976)
Salary: Rs 29 lakh
Rs 95,30,727

C Devaraju
FDA HOPCOMS, Bangalore (joined as D group employee in 1977)
Salary Rs 20 lakh
Rs 87,56,426

Pratap Singh Tiwari
Director of Physical Education, Gulbarga University (joined as Physical Education instructor in 1978)
Salary Rs 41 lakh
Rs 84,12,579

Jayanand B Narasannavar
Inspector of Motor Vehicle, Chikkodi (1990)
Salary Rs 20 lakh
Rs 1,14,08,900

Srikanth R Mysore

Executive Engineer, Panchayat Raj Engineering division, Sagara (joined as Junior engineer in 1978)
Salary Rs 51 lakh
Rs 1,02,06,341

Shivalingaiah
JE, Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board,Dharwad (joined on1997)
Salary Rs 15 lakh
Rs 67,59,800
Total Rs 6,86,51,070

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