Lokayukta Police Book BDA Officials
BANGALORE: The Lokayukta police on Saturday registered a suo motu case after they found that a land acquisition officer and assistant commissioner at the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) were collecting bribes through touts. Ten people have been booked in this regard. Over `6 lakh was seized during the raid.
The Lokayukta police, who conducted a raid on the BDA office on Friday evening, found private individuals who are supposed to enter the building only after 3 pm, gaining entry from morning to late evening and even had access to files.
They said some original government files were found at a photocopy shop and the person concerned has been taken into custody.
“Additional Land Accusation Officer G R Harishilpa had `1,69,000 on him, surveyor M M Gangadhar had `51,000, record section employee Devaraj `54,000, Suma `50,220 and Murthy `2,250. They failed to give satisfactory explanation about the money,” said an official.
Junior Engineer Harinarayana has also been booked, he added. Another BDA employee, Devaraj, is said to be absconding.
“Of the 10, four were private individuals. C M Deepak, Subramanaya Kumar, Srinivas and C Shankar also had money on them and they could not give any explanation about it,” said Syed Riyaz, Deputy Commissioner, (PR) Lokayukta.