Charge sheet against ex-corporator of B'luru Gowramma, husband in DA case

Charge sheet against ex-corporator of B'luru Gowramma, husband in DA case

The Lokayukta police have filed a charge sheet against former corporator from Azadnagar ward in Chamarajpet in the City, C G Gowramma, and her husband Govindaraju, in a disproportionate assets case.

The couple were charge-sheeted earlier by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for the murder of Right to Information activist Lingaraju who was the informant to the Lokayukta police.

The police have stated that both Gowramma and Govindaraju possessed disproportionate assets worth Rs 3.5 crore (62%) with at least 12 properties in and around Bengaluru City. During the search, the police had found 3.3 kg of gold ornaments, silver articles weighing 21 kg and four cars in the names of the couple and their family members.

The investigation revealed that the couple had purchased properties in Chamarajpet, Azadnagar, Manchenahalli in Nelamangala, Kengeri and Machohalli in Magadi. During the search of their houses in 2012, property documents were found in a plastic cover in the bathroom of the house of a driver hired by the accused. The documents were stuffed in a plastic bag and tied to a rope outside the window of the bathroom.

The properties in Chamarajpet and Azadnagar have been estimated at Rs 2.15 crore. The accused have been charge-sheeted under Sections 13 (1) (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The charge sheet with eight volumes runs into 1,600 pages.

Lokayukta police inspector Kempegowda was the investigating officer in the case. Lokayukta police inspector Ravishankar had prepared a source report based on the information provided by RTI activist and freelance journalist Lingaraju. The houses of Gowramma and Govindaraju were raided on November 8, 2012. Initially, the disproportionate assets case was only against Gowramma. However, Govindaraju was also named as an accused later.

Govindaraju was a group ‘D’ employee since 1993 and took voluntary retirement in 2006. He became the secretary of the group ‘D’ employees’ association in 2003 and was also involved in developing a layout in Sunkadakatte off Magadi Road. Govindaraju had fielded his wife Gowramma from the Azadnagar ward which is reserved for women.

The couple came to know that Lingaraju was the informant to the Lokayukta police and hired contract killers who hacked him to death in the wee hours of November 20, 2012.

A division bench of the High Court headed by the then Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen had taken up a suo motu case and formed the SIT. The SIT filed the charge sheet in December 2013 against Gowramma, Govindaraju and 10 others. The charge sheet stated that Gowramma pledged her gold with a pawnbroker to pay Rs 7 lakh ‘supari’ to the killers.
DH News Service

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