BENGALURU: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) police conducted raids on the premises of bureaucrats working in different departments on Wednesday.
The raids were conducted on the residences of M Raghumurthy, Tahsildhar of Ramanagar district, Dr KC Yatish Kumar, BBMP additional commissioner, East Zone, H Nagesh, director of KPTCL at Kaveri Bhavan and Ramakrishna Reddy, superintendent director of technical education.
The ACB started raiding the premises and offices of these officers simultaneously from 6 am. The police said they have unearthed disproportionate assets in their custody. The officers continued their search till late in the evening. The team was headed by additional commissioner of police (ACB) KV Sharath Chandra and superintendent of police (ACB) S Girish. Following are the details:
The ACB officials during their raid on Raghumurthy’s house, office and his father’s house in Chikkamagaluru found that Raghumurthy owned a three-storeyed building measuring 40x60 sq ft worth Rs 2.5 crore, 185 grams of gold jewellery, 4 kg worth silver articles and Rs. 81,000 in cash in the name of his wife and his father-in-law.
Officials also found that furniture and other articles worth Rs 36 lakh were found in the house. Raghumurthy also owns a car (Honda Creta) and two two-wheelers.
The officials also found 11 bank accounts in different banks across Bengaluru, Mysuru, and Chikkamagaluru. Accounts are opened in his name, that of his wife and his parents. Around Rs 2.17 crore was found in these accounts. Documents of property measuring 35x60 sq ft in Bogadi Layout in Mysuru have also been found in Raghumurthy’s father’s name. Raghumurthy was caught red-handed while taking a bribe of Rs 5 lakh when he was working as Sirastedar in the Revenue department at Madanayakanahalli in 2011 and was sentenced to jail for four years. More than 20 complaints were registered against him when he was in jail.
The ACB officials conducted simultaneous raids on his house and office. They found 2.4 kg gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 95 lakh and 17.8 kg silver articles worth Rs 6 lakh along with Rs 2.25 lakh in cash and 1559 US dollars. Furniture, electronic and electrical gadgets and other valuables worth Rs 15 lakh were found in his house along with 36 bottles of liquor weighing 33.28 litres worth around Rs 3 lakh.
Also recovered were 60 wrist watches worth around Rs 20 lakh, two cars - a Maruti Swift and an Eco Sport and 2 two-wheelers. Four gutnas of agricultural land in Anekal worth Rs 21 lakh, a 30x40 sq ft site purchased in his son’s name at Tavarekere worth Rs 4.2 lakh, another site measuring 30x40 sq ft in Channasandra and a building constructed on a site measuring 20x30 sq ft in third stage, HAL worth Rs 30 lakh, an acre in Bidadi industrial area in his wife’s name worth Rs 1.4 crore, half an acre rented out for a factory, a four-storeyed building measuring 5,046 sq ft in Srinivagilu at Begur worth Rs 3.5 crore and 11 bank accounts in various banks of Bengaluru were found by the officials. The officials said they also found Rs 45,000 worth demonetised currency notes of Rs 1,000 face value in his house.
KC Yatish Kumar
The raid was conducted on his house at Nagarabhavi, office at Mayo Hall and his wife’s elder sister’s house in Gangotri Layout, Mysuru. The officials found a four-storeyed residential building constructed on a 40x60 sq feet plot registered in his wife and mother-in-law’s names worth around Rs 1.25 crore, 1.07 kg gold jewellery and 1.6 kg silver articles and Rs 4.16 lakh, along with a Honda Creta car, a Fiet Linea and 2 two-wheelers apart from nine bank accounts. A flat in Bank Officer’s Apartment at second stage, BTM Layout worth around Rs 1.5 crore, two sites measuring 30x40 sq feet in his mother-in-law’s name at Green Field Garden in Telecom Layout of Bettahalasur, two sites measuring 60x40 sq ft purchased in his wife’s sister’s name in Ghattadahalli and Vijaynagar at Mysuru, and Rs 10 lakh in cash were found in his brother-in-law’s house along with 650 grams of gold jewellery.
During the raid, officials found he had a house measuring 30x40 sq ft in Vinayaka Layout worth Rs 25 lakh, 349 grams of gold jewellery, 2.71 kg of silver articles, Rs 1.27 lakh in cash, a BMW car and Rs 20 lakh in cash in the car, as well as a Toyota Fortuner. Adjacent to his house was a building constructed on a 30x40 sq ft worth plot in his name (worth around Rs 40 lakh) which has been rented out. The raiding team also found he had a flat in second stage RMV worth around Rs 40 lakh and 1.3 acres of agricultural land in Guttenahalli.