The Lokayukta police on Saturday raided the house and office of Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) secretary Rajamma Chowdareddy, a day after she was arrested while accepting a bribe of `7 lakh at the BDA office.
Additional Director General of Police (Lokayukta) H N Satyanarayana Rao told reporters that Rajamma will remain in police custody till Monday. Nearly Rs 44.24 lakh cash and gold, silver and diamond jewellery worth `32 lakh were seized during the raid at her residence in Koramangala. Rao said they also conducted a raid at her office and seized Rs 2.37 lakh cash and Rs 6 lakh in national security bonds.
Prior to Rajamma’s arrest, there had been several allegations of her demanding bribes to sanction works, Rao said. Rajamma was appointed as a BDA secretary eight months ago and this is her third posting.
Lokayukta police also arrested one Chikkanna who allegedly worked as a middleman. He has been sent to police custody. Police said BDA had acquired land belonging to Parvathamma and Nagendra, both residents of Vadagerahalli. However, the file on alternative sites in compensation to them had been delayed.
One of their friends Basavaraj had repeatedly visited Rajamma to get the file cleared. She allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 10 lakh to clear it.
After negotiations, she scaled down the demand to Rs 7 lakh. She was arrested while accepting the money.