The Lokayukta police, on Thursday, simultaneously raided the houses of 10 officials, including three Sub Registrars, in different parts of the..." />
Bangalore, March 19: The Lokayukta police, on Thursday, simultaneously raided the houses of 10 officials, including three Sub Registrars, in different parts of the State and unearthed unaccounted assets. The total income of the officials by way of pay and perks amounted to around Rs. 3.23 crore, whereas the property amassed by them is collectively worth around Rs. 8.28 crore. Several bank lockers and treasuries of these officials are yet to be opened.
The raids were held in Sirsi, Gulbarga, Rona, Mangalore, Kadur, Chennagiri, Surpur, Udupi, Chickaballapur and Bangalore.
“Raids began early in the morning and continued till evening. All the 10 officials allegedly possess assets disproportionate to their known sources of income,” Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde told presspersons here on Thursday.
The officials whose premises were raided included K. Ramarao (Circle Inspector of Police, Sirsi), Eranna Gowda (First Division Assistant, Mysore Sales International Ltd., Gulbarga), Umapathi (Assistant Engineer, Rona), N.T. Rajagopal (Executive Engineer, Minor Irrigation Department, Mangalore), E. Anjan Kumar (Executive Officer, Kadur taluk panchayat), Hanumanthappa (Assistant Engineer, Public Works Division, Chennagiri), Jayaram Somappa Kattimani (First Division Assistant, Zilla Panchayat, Surpur), M. Parameshwara (Sub-Registrar, Udupi), Vishnutheertha (Sub-Registrar, Chickaballapur) and Cheluvaraju (Sub-Registrar, Bommanahalli).
“The Lokayukta police had raided the premises of Vishnutheertha in 2007,” Mr. Hegde said and gave details of the raids to media persons.
According to him, Thursday’s biggest catch was Mr. Rajagopal. His total assets, found during the raids, were around Rs. 1.26 crore. The second biggest catch was Vishnutheertha. He has property worth Rs. 90.77 lakh.
Mr. Rajagopal’s daughter is a doctor. Mr. Eranna, his family members and relatives have two wine shops, a Bajaj Service and showroom, six cars and several motorcycles. The Lokayukta police will investigate the source of money for medical education and to purchase the vehicles.
Startling revelations were found during the raids. Mr. Vishnutheertha had allegedly shifted about Rs. 1 crore in three gunny bags before his premises were raided in 2007.
He had allegedly handed the money to a tout to shift to a different place. But, later it was found that a large sum of money was missing from the gunny bags. Suspecting that the tout had misused the money, Mr. Vishnutheertha made the tout register his site and a house to his relatives. “We will record the tout’s statements before a magistrate and pursue the issue,” Mr. Hegde said. Cases will be registered against the officials under the Prevention of Corruption Act.