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Down the drain: Gold ornaments, cash worth Rs 25 lakh seized from pipes in Karnataka govt official’s house

The raid on Biradar came as part of a larger crackdown by the ACB, where searches were conducted at 60 places linked to 15 government officials who have cases of disproportionate assets registered against them.

Written by Kiran Parashar | Bengaluru |
Updated: November 25, 2021 10:25:04 am
The ACB officials had to call a plumber to extract the cash and jewels stashed inside the pipes, attached to the outer wall of the house.

Put this in your pipe and smoke it — the Karnataka Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Wednesday found Rs 25 lakh in cash, along with gold ornaments, hidden inside the PVC pipes of a state government employee’s house in Kalaburgi.

The ACB officials had to call a plumber to extract the cash and jewels stashed inside the pipes, attached to the outer wall of the house. Apart from this, two other houses of SM Biradar, Junior Engineer at PWD Department Jevargi, were raided, one in Bengaluru and the other also in Kalaburgi. In all, three cars, one school bus, two tractors, 100 grams of gold ornaments, documents of 36 acre agricultural land, Rs 54.50 lakh in cash and Rs 15 lakh worth household materials were seized from him, ACB officials said.

The raid on Biradar came as part of a larger crackdown, where searches were conducted at 60 places linked to 15 government officials who have cases of disproportionate assets registered against them.

The raids, carried out by a team of eight SPs, 100 officers and 300 staff, led to the seizure of gold ornaments, cash, and immovable assets such as land worth crores of rupees, ACB officials said.  Gold ornaments worth Rs 3.5 crore and Rs 15 lakh cash were seized from the Gadag residence of TS Rudreshappa, joint director of Agriculture department.

Assets from Sadashiv Maralinganavar (left) and Rudreshappa’s houses.

The seizures made from the govt officials residences, ACB report 

SM Biradar, junior engineer, PWD, Jevargi, Kalaburgi
2 houses in Kalaburgi, 1 in Bengaluru, three cars, 1 school bus, two wheelers, 2 tractors,  Rs 54.50 lakh cash, 100 grams gold ornaments, 36 acre agricultural land and Rs 15 lakh worth house hold materials.

TS Rudreshappa, joint director, agricultural department
2 houses in Shivamogga, four plots in several places, 9.4kg gold biscuits and ornaments, 3kg silver ornaments, 2 cars, 3 two wheelers, 8 acre agricultural land, Rs 15.94 lakh cash and Rs 20 lakh household materials.

Srinivas K, executive engineer, Hemavati Left Bank Canal
1 house and 1 flat in Mysuru, 2 plots in Mysuru, 4.34 acre of agricultural land in various parts of Mysuru district, 1 farm house in Nanjagud, 2 cars, 2 two wheelers, 1kg gold ornaments, 8.84kg silver ornaments, Rs 9.85 lakh cash, Rs 22 lakh deposits in various banks and Rs 8 lakh worth household materials.

KS Lingegowda executive engineer, Mangaluru smart city limited
1 one house in Mangaluru, 3 plots each in Chamarajanagar and Mangaluru, 2 cars, 1 two wheeler, 1 kg silver ornaments, Rs 10 lkh worth household materials.

LC Nagaraj, administrator, Sakala mission
1 house and 1 plot in Bengaluru, 1 house in Nelamangala, 11.26 acres land in Nelamangala taluk, an industrial complex in Nelamangala, 3 cars, 1.76kg gold, 7.28kg silver ornaments, Rs 43 lakh cash and Rs 14 lakh worth household materials.

GV Giri, group D employee, BBMP school, Bengaluru
6 houses in Bengaluru, 4 cars, 4 two wheelers, 8kg silver ornaments, Rs 1.18 lakh cash and Rs 15 lakh household materials.

SS Rajashekar, pysiotherapist, Yelahanka government hospital, Bengaluru
1 flat in Bengaluru, two floored apartment with a hospital, 1 plot in Bengaluru, 1 car, 1 two wheeler, Rs 4 lakh worth house hold materials.

Mayanna, First Division Assistant, BBMP head office, Bengaluru
4 houses in Bengaluru, 6 plots, 2 acres of agricultural land, 2 two wheelers, 1 car, Rs 59,000 cash, Rs 10 lakh Fixed deposit, Rs 1.5 lakh in savings accounts, 600 grams gold ornaments, 3 benami immovable properties, Rs 12 lakh worth household materials.

KS Shivanand, Sub-registrar (retired), Ballari district
1 house in Mandya, 1 plot in Bengaluru, 1 car, 2 two wheelers, 1 commercial complex in Shakrapura, 7 acres of agricultural land and Rs 8 lakh worth household materials.

Sadashiva Rayappa Maralingannanavar, senior motor inspector, Gokak, Belagavi
1 house in Belagavi, 22 acres agricultural land, 1.13kg gold ornaments, Rs 8.22 lakh cash and Rs 5 lakh worth household materials.

Adavi Siddheshwara Kareppa Masti development officer, department of co-operatives, Belagavi
2 houses, 4 plots in Bailahongala, 4 cars, 6 two wheelers, 263 gram gold ornaments, 945 grams silver ornaments, Rs 1.50 lakh bank deposits and shares, Rs 1.10 lakh cash and Rs 5 lakh worth household materials.

NP Patil, Line mechanic, HESCOM, Belagavi
1 house and 2 plots in Belagavi, 1 car, 1 two wheeler, 239 gram gold ornaments, 1.80 kg silver ornaments, Rs 38,000 cash and Rs 20 lakh worth household materials.

Lakshmi Narasimhaiah, Revenue inspector, Doddaballapura
5 houses, 6 plots, 25 gunta land in Doddaballapura, 765 gram gold ornaments, 15kg silver ornaments, 1 car, 2 two wheelers, Rs 1.13 lakh cash.

Vasudev RN, former project director (planning), Nirmithi Kendra, Bengaluru rural district
5 houses and 8 plots in Bengaluru, 4 houses in Nelamangala, 10.20 acre agricultural land in Nelamangala, 850 grams of gold ornaments, 9.50kg silver ornaments, Rs 15 lakh cash, Rs 98 lakh worth household materials.

B Krishnareddy,  General Manager of Nandini Milk Products
3 houses, nine plots at various places, 5.30 acres of agricultural land in Chintamani taluk, 1 petrol bunk in Hoskote, 383 gram gold ornaments, 3.39kg silver ornaments, Rs 3 lakh cash.

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