During a statewide crackdown, Karnataka’s Anti Corruption Bureau found 25 Lakh Cash and 7 KGs of gold at the residence of a PWD worker. The cash was hidden inside the pipelines, requiring a plumber to cut through the pipes and uncover the cash.
The Findings at the Residence
The residence of the PWD Joint Engineer Shantha Gowda Biradar in Kalburgi district was raided on Wednesday as part of the statewide crackdown on government officials accused of corruption.
The ACB recovered 25 Lakhs of Cash and 7 KGs of gold from Mr Biradar’s residence. As the ACB officers doubted the possibility of cash being stored in the pipelines, a plumber was appointed to make the discovery. As a result, wards of unaccounted currency notes were released from the pipes.
In a video shared by ANI, the ACB Officials can be seen pulling out the cash from the pipeline.
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#WATCH Karnataka ACB recovers approximately Rs 13 lakhs during a raid at the residence of a PWD junior engineer in Kalaburagi
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— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2021
The Statewide Crackdown in Karnataka by ACB
Biradar’s house was a part of the statewide raid on Karnataka’s government officials, to expose their questionable possessions.
As part of the mega showdown, Karnataka ACB raided residents of more than 15 government officials at 60 locations across the state including, the state capital, Mangaluru, Mandya, and Ballari.
“Today the ACB conducted a search in 60 places with respect to disproportionate assets cases registered against 15 officers by a team of 8 superintendents of police, 100 officers and 300 staff,” the ACB said in a statement.
According to PTI, the Government workers who were raided on Wednesday’s Crackdown include Mangalore Smart City Executive Engineer K S Lingegowda, Mandya Executive Engineer Srinivas K, Doddaballapura Revenue Inspector Lakshminarashimaiah, Former Project Manager of Bengaluru Nirmiti Kendra Vasudev, Bengaluru Nandini Dairy general manager B Krishna Reddy, Gadag Agriculture Department, Joint Director T S Rudreshappa and Bailahongala cooperative development officer A K Masti among others.
The bureau also raided the office of Bengaluru Development Authority in connection with the plausible peculiarities in the allotment of plots in a few layouts developed by BDA, PTI reported on Wednesday.
The Action Taken Against the Accused
ACB sources told PTI they seized property-related documents, a huge quantity of gold and silver ornaments, cash and investment documents from them.
The sources have further assured that all those who were found guilty will be produced in front of the court for further assessment.
The Response from the Government
The Karnataka Government has released a statement on Wednesday’s event.
“We will not tolerate corruption in any form. There is no question of shielding anyone found guilty,” the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai said.
The Chief Minister said the state government will act based on the report submitted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau.