Bengaluru: The ACB officials on Friday conducted raids on the offices and residences of five government officials including the suspended KAS officer Bheema Naik, who was arrested by the CID police on charges of abetting the suicide of his official car driver.
Searches were also conducted on the residences of T.R. Shivaramu, Executive Engineer, PWD, National Highway Authority of India, K. R Circle; Shivalingappa, Assistant Engineer, Panchayath Raj Engineering Division, Kalaburagi; D. Narasimha Murthy, Range Forest Officer, Koratagere, Tumakuru and H.M. Shivaprasad, Veterinary Health Officer, Nelamangala Taluk, Bengaluru Rural District.
Forming special teams, the ACB conducted raids across the state, which began early morning and searches continued till late in the evening. It is learnt that illegal assets worth several crores were found during the searches. The ACB has registered an FIR under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
His residence at Yelahanka New Town in Bengaluru, Sadashivanagar in Belagavi, his brothers’ residences at Marenahalli Thanda in Hospet taluk of Ballari district and his office situated in Vishveshwariah Towers in the city were raided.
During the raids, it was found that he owned a three-floor building in a site measuring 2,050 sqft at Sadashivanagar in Belagavi and its value is approximately Rs 40 lakh. He bought 10 acres of agricultural land in Maduru Village at Hagaribornmanahalli in Ballari in his father-in-law’s name during 2012. Its value is approximately Rs 3.44 lakh, while another 16 acres of and purchased in his father-in-law’s name in Chintrapalli village in Hagaribommanahalll is valued around Rs 4.90 lakh.
He also has a site at Attur Layout in Yelahanka purchased during 2012-2013 and has constructed a three-storey residential house at a total cost of approximately Rs 60 lakh. In addition, he has purchased a Toyota Innova and a Honda City car in his brother’s name and it is worth around Rs 15 lakh. Meanwhile, he has purchased three two wheelers in his & his family members’ name. Gold jewellery and household items valued at around Rs. 15 lakh were found in his house at Yelahanka.
T. R. Shivaramu, PWD engineer, NHAI
His residence at H.S.R. Layout, his relatives’ house at Mysuru and his office were raided. It was found that he bought a site measuring 3,000 sqft at 2nd Cross, Jayanagar in Mysuru in 1997 in his father’s name. The same was later gifted to him in 2004 and its approximate value is Rs 5 lakh. He has also bought a site measuring 4,000 sqft at Mysuru during 2001, valued at Rs 10 lakh.
He had also bought two 3BHK flats at Prestige St. John’s Wood apartment on Tavarekere Road, one in the name of his wife for Rs 62 lakh and the other in the name of his mother-in-law for Rs 75 lakh. He had also bought a site measuring 2,400 sq ft at HSR layout in the name of his mother-in-law law for about Rs 80,000 and later, during 2015-16, constructed a three-storey building at an approximate cost of Rs 1.5 crore. He along with his family members had bank deposits, jewellery and household items valued at more than Rs 20 lakh.
Shivalingappa, Assistant Engineer, Kalaburagi
His residence at Banashankari Layout in Kalabuargi and office were raided. It is found that he owns a nine acre land at Madiwala Village in Alanda taluk, two sites, each measuring 1,200 sqft, one in his wife’s name, at Kotnooru village valued approximately Rs 48,000 each. On one of these sites, he built a three-storey building at an approximate cost of Rs 85 lakh. He has bought two more sites, each measuring 1,200 sq ft and worth Rs 4.07 lakh, in the name of his wife, during 2013-14 at Brahmpura Seemanthara in Kalaburagi.
He also bought 3.17 acres of land in Bhusanuru village in Alanda taluk in his wife's name for Rs 4.5 lakh and another 1.23 acres of land in his wife’s name in the same village for Rs 2.20 lakh.
A Maruti Swift Car valued at Rs 7 lakh and movable assets worth around Rs 33.25 lakh were also found during the raids. The total value of the assets owned by the official is valued at about Rs 1.49 crore.
D. Narasimhamurthy, Forest Officer, Tumakuru
His official quarters in Banashankari Nagar in Tumakuru, residences of his relatives at Kunigal and his office were raided. It is found that he has bought two sites, one in his brother’s name, in Tumakuru for Rs 7.65 lakh each. He has constructed three buildings in the name of his brother at Kunigal Town and its total worth is around Rs. 90 lakh. He has bought 20 guntas of land in Herur village in Kunigal 1996 in the narne of his brother for Rs. 62,150, a house constructed at Herur village is valued Rs 15 lakh.
A Maruti Swift car valued Rs 7 lakh was purchased in 2010 in his brother’s name, while he bought a site measuring 2,400 sqft in his wife’s name at Mallathahalli in Bengaluru for Rs 48 lakh. He is having Rs 19.50 lakh in bank accounts and 670 gm of gold ornaments and 3 kg silver ornaments were found at his residence.
H.M. Shivaprasad, veterinary officer, Nelamangala
Searches were conducted at his residence at Kuvempunagar, his relatives houses in Koratagere in Tumakuru and his office at Thyamagondlu in Nelamangala. It is found that he had bought two sites in his wife’s name at Kuvempu Layout in Tumakuru during 1998 and 2001, valued Rs 3 lakh, where he has constructed a house at a cost of Rs 1.20 crore.
He also owns sites in Mallatthalli in the city, valued at Rs 6 lakh, in Byatarayanapura, valued Rs 5 lakh, in Shettihalli, valued at Rs 12 lakh. In Nelamangala he owns 4.15 acres of land in Channohalli village, valued at Rs 17.70 lakh, 5.03 acres of land in Halenahalli village, valued at Rs 3 lakh, and 2.36 acres of land in Mavathur village, valued at Rs 30 lakh.
He has also bought a Renault Duster SUV, valued Rs 12 lakh, in 2015 and a Hyundai Eon car, valued Rs 5 lakh, in his wife's name. Gold ornaments weighing 270 gm and 2.5 kg silver articles were also found during the raids.