Probe ordered in complaint against MLA Krishnappa

Lokayukta court today ordered a probe into a private complaint against Congress MLA M Krishnappa for allegedly amassing wealth of about Rs 700 crore, disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Special judge N K Sudhindra Rao directed Lokayukta SP (Bangalore Urban) to investigate the complaint filed by city-based advocate H C Prakash and submit his report to the court by February 18.

Prakash in his January 9 complaint against the MLA from Vijaynagar constituency, his wife Priyadarshini, his two sons, Priya Krishna (25), also an MLA from Govindrajnagar constituency and Pradeep Krishna (22), alleged they had amassed property of about Rs 700 crore, disproportionate to their known sources of income.

He alleged they had landed properties close to about 700 acres in their names in various villages in Magadi taluk in Bangalore Rural District, which they had neither disclosed to the Lokayukta nor State Election Commission (despite two of them being MLAs).

Prakash also charged that statements they had furnished to Lokayukta and SEC on their other properties in and around Bangalore district was "full of discrepancies which itself ran into several crores".

The complainant sought action to be taken against them under Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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