BENGALURU: The Special Investigation Team on Monday filed a First Information Report (FIR) against Yerabati Ashwin, son of Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao, in a fresh case.
Syed Riyaz, suspended Lokayukta PRO, tout V Bhaskar, and an alleged associate of Ashwin called Narasimha Rao were also named in the FIR.
This is the third FIR registered against Ashwin and the second against Riyaz and V Bhaskar, all of whom are in custody.
The FIR is based on a complaint filed by P N Krishnamurthy, former zilla panchayat member and businessman, in the first week of July, just before the SIT took up the investigation.
According to the complaint, Krishnamurthy was introduced to Ashwin by Narasimha Rao in connection with a financial dispute with Rajarajeshwari Nagar MLA Munirathna. Later, he met Ashwin at a star hotel in UB City.
After this, Ashwin allegedly promised to help Krishnamurthy get a khata of his property in Koramangala (Survey No 115/10).
‘Cash Was Paid in Seven Instalments’
Krishnamurthy said he paid Rs 10.91 lakh in seven instalments to Ashwin and Narasimha Rao, as against the Rs 20 lakh demanded by them.
Krishnamurthy had purportedly paid Rs 5 lakh to Ashwin on September 19, 2014, at a star hotel in UB City. Thereafter, he paid Rs 2 lakh twice, on October 13 and 19, 2014, to Narasimha Rao.
Krishnamurthy said he had deposited Rs 50,000 and Rs 40,000 in Narasimha Rao’s bank account in Hyderabad on November 18 and December 5, 2014. The remaining amount was paid in two other instalments.
Even after the money was paid, the complaint says, the khata was not done. He again approached Ashwin, who called him over to the Lokayukta office in January 2015. Accordingly, Krishnamurthy went there.
Ashwin, Riyaz and Narasimha Rao looked at Krishnamurthy’s documents sitting in the conference hall, according to the complaint. Riyaz even called someone and told him to look into Krishnamurthy’s work, but nothing came out of it.