Five officers in Lokayukta net

Five officers in Lokayukta net

Together, the suspects were found to be owning properties worth Rs 6.35 crore.
Revealing this at a press conference on Thursday, Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde said the officers had amassed the 'disproportionate' wealth only after joining government service.

Justice Hegde noted that the number of officers being trapped for corruption had been increasing over the years. While 100 officers were trapped in so far in 2011, a total of 326 officers had been caught in 2010, up from 307 in 2009 and 150-160 in 2008.

The officers raided are B N Rajanna, Assistant Executive Engineer, Bescom, Bangalore; Ekambaresh Naik, Assistant Manager, Karnataka Warehouse Corporation, Koppal; Kalyana Rao Patil, Godown Manager, Karnataka Food and Civil Supplies, Bidar Rural;
Hanumanthappa Ningappa Bajakkanavar, Chief Officer, Town Panchayat, Laxmeshwar, Gadag district; and M Prakash,  District Registrar, Raichur.

Rajanna was earlier caught while receiving Rs 75,000 as bribe on October 20, 2010. While his legitimate income from salary and other sources should be Rs 95 lakh, the value of properties owned by him and his family is a whopping Rs 2,15,43,000.

The legitimate income of Naik ought to be Rs 45 lakh but he and his family members own properties worth Rs 1,72,10,484.

Patil's legitimate income should be Rs 47.56 lakh but he has amassed properties worth Rs 94,72,492. Bajakkanavar's income through lawful means should not be more than Rs 39 lakh but the properties in possession of his family are worth Rs 62,45,370.

Similarly, Prakash's assets through legal sources of income should not have been more than Rs 52 lakh but their value as found by the Lokayukta police is at least Rs 87,84,610.