The central agency team conducted searches at the residences of Gurulingana Gouda, president of Bellary Urban Development Authority (BUDA), and Kuruvalli Bhaskar Reddy, a relative of the former minister, and inspected various documents.
However, no documents or valuables were seized during the raids.
The CBI team, including Anti-Corruption Squad Inspector Ramana Rao and other officers, swooped down on the four-storey bungalow of Gurulingana Gouda located at Renukacharyanagar at 7:20 am and inspected each and every room till 11:30 am.
Gurulingana Gouda’s wife Sunitha and others present at the house were interrogated.
The team questioned Gurulingana Gouda’s association with the BJP, his close ties with the now jailed Janardhana Reddy, accounts of movable and immovable properties, his engagement with mining etc. Several documents related to the same were examined.
Simultaneously, another team of the CBI, raided the house of Kuruvalli Bhaskar Reddy, a seeds distributor, in Gandhinagar.
A team of six, comprising inspectors V P Muralidhar and Chandrashekar Naidu, questioned Bhaskar Reddy and inspected numerous documents.
The officers, after completing the raid around 12:30 pm visited a branch of the Pragati Grameena Bank and examined the locker of Bhaskar Reddy’s wife Sujatha.
Reddy too was thoroughly interrogated by the team.
Failure to spot the house
The team could not, however, raid the house of Venkata Reddy, a close aide of Janardhana Reddy, as the house could not be found at the stated address.
In total, the CBI team consisting of 20 officers is said to have raided the houses and interrogated other close aides of Reddy in the City.
The CBI team led by CBI’s Anti-Corruption Squad Additional SP R M Khan comprised Y V S Venkateshwar, E Papanna, S Lakshma Nayak, M Ramakrishnaiah and others.