Paddy scam: Lokayukta police search six premises in Bangalore, Shimoga

 The Lokayukta police on Wednesday carried out searches at six premises in Bangalore and Shimoga in connection with the misappropriation of 85,000 quintals of paddy worth Rs 12.08 crore.

 The paddy was procured and stored during 2011-12 under the Minimum Support Price (MSP) scheme in Shimoga district. 

A complaint was filed in this regard by Y B Chandrakantha in 2012. He alleged that officials of Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd in Shimoga had allowed the proprietor of Suraksha Warehouse Corporation and other private warehouses to misappropriate paddy stored under the MSP operations. The Lokayukta police registered the case under Sections 13 (1) (c) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Sections 120 (b) and 407 of the IPC. 

A senior police officer said that the huge quantity of paddy was stored in both government and private warehouses during 2010-11 and 2011-12. The complainant stated that the Accountant General had carried out a physical verification of the stock and found that a huge quantity of paddy was sold by many private warehouses. The other private warehouses are also under the scanner in this scam, the officer added. 

On Wednesday, the Lokayukta police searched the premises of K Kodandarama, district manager of KFCSC in Shimoga, C K Shivanna (IFS), the then managing director of the KFCSC, the office of Suraksha Warehouse Corporation in Shimoga, Ramachandra Raoji who was the district manager of the KFCSC in Shimoga, H S Nagaraj who was senior assistant of the corporation in Shimoga and V Lingaiah who was senior assistant of the corporation. 

In Bangalore, the police searched the house of Kodandarama at Rajmahal Vilas Extension 2nd Stage and that of C K Shivanna at Jayanagar 9th Block. Shivanna is presently posted at the Lake Development Authority on Church Street in Bangalore. During the search, some incriminating documents were seized. 

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