Bangalore: To ascertain how ‘rewarding’ government jobs can be, one need not look beyond the report of Lokayukta police, who unearthed unaccounted-for property worth Rs 4.5 crore by raiding houses of 21 babus on Friday.
The raids were conducted simultaneously in Bangalore city, Bangalore Rural, Hubli, Gulbarga and Yadgir districts. The Lokayukta police conducted the raids after getting information that these officers have amassed a fortune through illegal means by misusing their position. It turned out that except one, all the officers had amassed more wealth through illicit means than through their legitimate source(s) of income.
AddlDGP, Lokayukta, HN Satyanarayana Rao, said criminal cases have been filed against the officers under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act. He said they would investigate to pinpoint the source of extra money recovered from the government servants.
In Bangalore, houses of the following officers were raided: AG Rangaiah, executive engineer, BBMP (Yelahanka division); Chikkaiah, director, Karnataka Institute of Leather Technology; Krishna Murthy, excise inspector (Shanthinagar); and K Prakash, food inspector (Yelahanka).
Chikkaiah draws a monthly pay of Rs 29,625, but owns a house worth Rs 40 lakh in Girinagar Phase II in the city. Along with this, he has a BDA site in Anjanapura and houses in the name of his wife and daughter. The Lokayukta police seized Rs 1 lakh cash and 340 US Dollars from his house, besides household goods worth Rs 12 lakh, three cars and two scooters. The Lokayukta police put the cost of his assets at Rs 1.18 crore. Less than a fifth of this amount is from his known sources of income.
Rangaiah’s monthly pay is Rs 38,000. He owns a house worth Rs 30 lakh at Nagarabhavi, and an agricultural site and a farmhouse worth Rs 25 lakh in Magadi taluk. The Lokayukta police found Rs 1 lakh cash from his house along with 440 grams of gold ornaments. The police estimated the net worth of his assets and expenditure to be Rs 1.3 crore, of which only half is acquired through known sources of income.
Prakash owns assets worth Rs 72.36 lakh, of which about 20% is acquired through known sources of income. Murthy, whose monthly salary is Rs 21,000, has assets to the tune of Rs 35.6 lakh that are acquired allegedly through illicit means.