ACB sleuths are conducting simultaneous raids in Bengaluru, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Chamarajanar and Bellary.

 7 Ktaka govt officials including 2 BBMP staffers raided by Anti-Corruption Bureau
news Corruption Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 11:08

Following the raids last week on the premises of five Karnataka government officials suspected of amassing wealth disproportionate to their incomes, the Anti-Corruption Bureau launched another round of raids on Thursday.

According to Bureau officials, raids are being conducted in the offices and residences of seven government officials across the state, including two BBMP officials. 

ACB sleuths- led by IGP MA Saleem and KV Gagan Deep with seven teams- conducted simultaneous raids in Bengaluru, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Chamarajanar and Bellary in Karnataka. 

Among those under the scanner are the BBMP’s Assistant Director of Town Planning (Mahadevapur), Basavaraju, and CS Vinay Kumar, who is the Revenue Collector of Puttenahalli Ward in Bengaluru.

The other officers being targeted by the raids include:

H L Puttaraju, Asst Engineer of PWD, Irrigation, Hangal Sub Division in Chitradurga; Umesh N Patil, Asst Executive Engineer at Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited (KRIDL) Sub Division in Davanagere; Dr S Pampapathi, Principal, District Training Centre, District Hospital in Bellary; and HR Rechanna, a teacher in Chamarajanar.

In addition, the offices and residences of Govinda Naik, FDA, Taluk Office, Beltangadi Taluk office and his wife Leelavathi, who is the Senior Women Health Assistant at Punjalakatte Health Center are also being raided.

After the raid, the officials found that the government employees had assets disproportionate to their incomes and registered cases under 13(1) of Prevention of corruption Act, 1988 against all the 7 officers.

These raids come days after searches were held in different parts of Bengaluru, Yelehanka, Kalaburagi and Tumkur, targeting five officials. These included the premises of special land acquisition officer Bheema Nayak, whose driver killed himself recently allegedly over harassment at the hands of the officer.

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