BDA secy's riches: Rs 46.5L in cash, Rs 32L jewellery

Lokayukta police raid her home, office

BDA secy's riches: Rs 46.5L in cash, Rs 32L jewellery

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) secretary, Rajamma Chowdareddy, was found to have Rs 46.5 lakh in cash, and jewellery worth Rs 32 lakh disproportionate to her known source of income, when the Lokayukta police raided her house and office on Saturday. 

She was allegedly caught “red-handed” taking bribe on Friday. During the Saturday raids, Lokayukta sleuths unearthed Rs 44.2 lakh in cash at her Koramangala house and Rs 2.3 lakh in cash in her office, a BDA official told reporters. They also found in her house a number of documents related to real estate, which are being scrutinised.
 The documents are expected to show that she owns property worth crores of rupees. 

The Lokayukta police have detained Chowdareddy for questioning while her alleged “tout”, Chikkaiah, has been remanded in judicial custody. Chowdareddy, a 2006 batch Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) officer, was posted to the BDA eight months ago. 

Godman ‘caught in act’

The video of a self-styled godman in a compromising position with an unidentified woman at his ashram in HSR Layout was leaked to Kannada news channels which wasted no time in telecasting it on Saturday. 

The video was reportedly taken by two workers at the ashram of Devishree Ramaswamy, a self-styled godman and Vastu consultant. 

The ashram is run in a three-storey building in HSR Layout. The workers, Vasanth and Uday, threatened to leak the video to the media if the godman did not pay them Rs 15 lakh. But when the godman did not heed their demand, they acted on their threat, a source said. 

After the video was aired on news channels, some of Ramaswamy’s devotees, who said they were shocked and disgusted at the revelation, demanded strict police action against him. 

But an officer at the HSR Layout police station said that no complaint had been made in this regard. “We did not receive any instruction from the police commissioner’s officer either,” he said, adding that action would be taken only when they received a complaint or direction. 

Another police officer said the two workers had made a complaint to the police commissioner, saying there was a threat to their lives from the godman. 

Rs 33L valuables burgled

Burglars struck at the house of an industrialist in RPC Layout and a mobile phone store in Magadi Road and made off with valuables worth Rs 33.4 lakh, police said.
 One kg of gold and one kg of silver jewellery was missing from the house of Ramachandra on 11th Main, RPC Layout. He, along with family, had gone on vacation on April 21. When they returned on Friday morning, they realised that jewellery worth Rs 21 lakh was missing. 

In Magadi Road, a gang of six to eight people is suspected to have burgled a mobile phone store in the early hours of Saturday, and made off with mobile phones worth Rs 15 lakh. 

The burglars gained entry by breaking open the shutter lock. The CCTV footage showed them covering themselves with bedsheets to avoid identity. The burglary was noticed by the shopkeeper, Jagadish, on Saturday morning. 

Man beaten to death

A man, aged around 30 years, was found bludgeoned to death in the parking lot of RMC Yard in Yeshwantpur on Saturday morning. 

The police are yet to ascertain his identity as his face was crushed beyond recognition. The RMC Yard police are investigating.

Cop injured in accident

A traffic head constable attached to Audugodi traffic police station was injured in a road mishap near Wipro junction on Saturday morning.

Madhusudan was manning the Wipro junction in Audugodi around 8:25 am, when a speeding car coming from Aishwarya junction in Koramangala struck him. The driver has been identified as Hrithik, employee of a private firm. 

“He tried taking a turn at high speed but ended up hitting me. I saw the car coming and managed to run towards the pavement, but it hit me behind,” said Madhusudan.Police arrested Hrithik and found that he did not possess a driving licence.

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