In a raid carried out by Karnataka‚Äôs Anti-Corruption Bureau on Friday, five government officials were found to have amassed assets disproportionate to their incomes.
This was the latest in the series of raids carried out by ACB, that had earlier cracked down on black money hoarders across the state.
ACB began conducting raids at the residences, offices and other premises owned by the five officials across the state early on Fridaymorning, including special land acquisition officer Bheema Nayak.
Nayak was arrested by CBI recently following the suicide of his driver, who alleged harassment at the hands of the officer. A search was conducted at his residences in Yelehankaand, Belagavi and also at the residences of his brothers in Bellary district.
Apart from assessing the value of the properties he owns, the officials also found gold jewellery and household items amounting to Rs 15,00,000 from Bheema Nayak's house in Yelehanka.
The other officials are: T R Shivaramu, Executive Engineer of PWD, Shivalingappa, Asst. Engineer, Panchayath Raj Engineering, Zilla Panchayath, Kalaburgi, D Natasimha Murthy, Range Forest Officer, Koratagere, Tumkur, and H M Shivaprasad, Veterinary Health Officer, Nelamangala Taluk, Bengaluru Rural.
The searches were held in different parts of Bengaluru, Yelehanka, Kalaburagi, Tumkur and rural Bengaluru.
The total value of the assets owned by Shivalingappa was valued at about Rs.1,49,05,000/-.
The ACB confiscated property documents from the officials and a case has been registered against the officials under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.