Lokayukta carries out raids across 48 locations in Karnataka

Lokayukta carries out raids across 48 locations in Karnataka

Karnataka Lokayukta conducts raids on officials in 48 locations over corruption charges

In a surprise move, the Karnataka Lokayukta on Thursday conducted raids in as many as 48 locations across the state after receiving information on a number of officials with regards to accumulation of disproportionate assets. The raids are being carried out in places including Bengaluru, Mysuru, Belagavi, Bidar, Dharwad, Kodagu, Madikeri, Tumakuru, Raichur, Davangere, and Chitradurga. Around 200 officials from the Lokayukta have been involved in the searches since this morning.

Who are the officials raided by the Lokayukta?

The Lokayukta officials have raided a former engineer with Bengaluru's civic and administrative body, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in Davangere, a constable in Bidar and a sub district officer in Kodagu. Officials are also combing through the residences of a district collector in Priyapattana of Kodagu district and a revenue inspector belonging to the Mahadevapura division, whose residence is in the Banashankari area in Bengaluru. Several locations in Mysore city and district have also been subject to impromptu raids. Some officials are also scanning the Harangi Reservoir Superintendent Engineer's residence and carrying out an audit search. A Belgaum corporation assistant commissioner, Santosh Anishettar, has also come under the Lokayukta's radar, and his documents are being verified at his residence in Saptapur, Dharwad. In Tumakuru district, the Lokayukta sleuths landed at the doorstep of the district's urban development authority Joint Director K N Nagaraj in the Sapthagiri area.

What are the charges against these officials?

The Lokayukta is acting on the corruption charges levelled against these officials, who are accused of allegedly accumulating disproportionate assets. Disproportionate assets refer to assets that are beyond one's known sources of income and cannot be satisfactorily accounted for. The Lokayukta has the power to investigate such cases under the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1984. The act empowers the Lokayukta to conduct searches and seizures of any property or document that is relevant to the investigation. The act also provides for penalties for those who are found guilty of corruption or maladministration.

What are the implications of these raids?

The raids by the Lokayukta are a sign of its proactive role in curbing corruption and ensuring accountability among public servants. The raids also send a strong message to the public that no one is above the law and that anyone who indulges in corrupt practices will face legal action. The raids also aim to recover the ill-gotten wealth of these officials and restore public trust in the system. The raids also highlight the need for more transparency and vigilance in the functioning of various government departments and agencies.

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(1) Lokayukta sleuths in Karnataka raid 14 government officials in disproportionate assets case. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/lokayukta-sleuths-in-karnataka-raid-14-government-officials-in-disproportionate-assets-case/ar-AA1fp6Be.
(2) Karnataka Lokayukta conducts raids on officials in 48 locations over corruption charges. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/karnataka-lokayukta-conducts-raids-on-officials-in-48-locations-over-corruption-charges/ar-AA1fnCT6.
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