Corrupt government engineer gets 7-year jail, fined Rs one crore

A court here on Friday held a government engineer guilty of owning illegal wealth and sentenced him to seven years’ imprisonment and fined him Rs one crore.

The Principal District and Sessions Judge, Sanjeev Kumar Hanchate, who is also the Lokayukta special court judge, held Lakshman Rao guilty. Rao is an executive engineer in the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB), Bidar. The accused must serve another year in jail if he fails to pay the penalty, the court said in the order.

The judge also directed the authorities to confiscate material assets owned by Rao to recover the hefty fine. If the assets are not valued up to the fine, the authorities must take control of the land owned by the accused in Hosalli village, Telangana, and transfer its ownership to the government of Karnataka, the judge said. He also directed the authorities to confiscate the air gun and air pistol found in Rao’s house during the Lokayukta raid. Advocate R M Patil pleaded on behalf of the Lokayukta.

The case
On November 2, 2007, Lokayukta sleuths had raided the house of Rao who was working as an assistant executive engineer in the Karanja Irrigation Project of Janwada unit at the time. They suspected him to be owning illegal wealth.

The sleuths found movable and immovable assets owned by the officer that were beyond his known sources of income. He was subsequently booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and charge-sheeted in 2009. The accused was recently deputed to the KUWSDB as executive engineer.

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