Lokayukta police unearth Rs 11-crore 'illegal' assets from officials,GP member

20 premises raided simultaneously

The Lokayukta police on Wednesday conducted simultaneous raids on 20 premises belonging to six government officials and a gram panchayat member, unearthing alleged illegal assets worth over Rs 11.50 crore.

The Lokayukta police found that Shivamurthy, a member of Belawadi gram panchayat in Mysore district, and his family members owned 68 sites and 55.18 acres of agricultural land. Shivamurthy’s wife Bhagya is former president of the Mysore zilla panchayat. 

The Lokayukta police said Shivamurthy and his family owned properties worth Rs 4.76 crore, while his total estimated income was Rs 1.02 crore. Assets included vehicles, gold and silver ornaments, electronic gadgets and investments, worth Rs 1.64 crore. His disproportionate assets were valued at 427.20 per cent.

According to a press release from Additional Director General of Police (Lokayukta) H N Sathyanarayana Rao, the raids were conducted in Bangalore Rural, Davangere, Dharwad, Mysore, Raichur, Tumkur and Yadgir districts. Criminal cases were registered against the accused officials under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Bank lockers of some of the accused have been seized. 

The six officers to be raided were Shankar Reddy, first division assistant, Bangalore Development Authority, B T Mohan, executive engineer, zad district, Channamallappa, assistant director of agriculilla panchayat, Chitradurga, Basavannaiah R Chikmut, range forest officer, Kalaghatagi, Dharwture, Raichur, R H Basappa, VSSN secretary, Bennanayakanahalli, Tiptur taluk, Tumkur district and Srinivasa Reddy, first division clerk, health department, Gurmitkal, Yadgir district.
Shankar Reddy, the BDA staffer, owned movable and immovable properties worth Rs 3.80 crore. This included a five-storey commercial complex at Rajajinagar in Bangalore and houses and sites in other parts of the City.

Mohan owned properties worth Rs 96.97 lakh, including houses and lands valued at Rs 51.88 lakh in Davangere. Similarly, Chikmut was found owning assets valued at Rs 1.12 crore, which included landed properties worth Rs 73.97 lakh in Hubli and surrounding areas. Channamallapa was found to possess assets worth Rs 77.63 lakh. 

The disproportionate assets were valued at 164.66 per cent.

Basappa, whose present pay scale is said to be Rs 18,000, owned movable and immovable properties worth Rs 1.02 crore.

 The disproportionate assets were valued at 301 per cent. The landed properties worth Rs 56 lakh were in the names of his wife and children. He also owned two cars, a tractor and a trailer.

Srinivas Reddy had properties worth Rs 70.90 lakh and his disproportionate assets were valued at 164.66 per cent. He owns a house worth Rs 60 lakh in Gulbarga, the Lokayukta police said.

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