Monday, July 29, 2013

Lokayukta police arrest four for encroaching government land

By Express News Service – BANGALORE | 26th July 2013 12:24 PM

The Lokayukta Police on Thursday conducted searches at the Doddagattiganabbe Gram Panchayat in Hoskote in connection with a case of encroachment of government land and creation of 40 sites. The police had taken up a case based on credible information and registered an FIR against three officials of the GP and a private individual.
The accused named in the FIR are Panchayat Development Officer Ayub Khan, secretary Anke Gowda, Bill Collector Krishnappa and a private individual Marappa. The Lokayukta Police said the accused had entered into a conspiracy in the year 2008-09 to encroach ‘gomala’ land at survey number 28 in Chikkagattigabbe village, Doddagattiganabbe GP. Accordingly, they created false documents to transfer it in Marappa’s name. The Lokayukta police scrutinised the information they received and registered an FIR after finding prima facie evidence against the accused.
On Thursday, a team of Lokayukta officials searched the houses of the accused and seized incriminating documents pertaining to the scam.
Also, the registrar of the Minor Irrigation Department in Jayanagar was caught red-handed and arrested by Lokayukta police while allegedly accepting a bribe of `3,000 on Wednesday.

Lokayukta cop hid details of assets’
Former corporator Laxminarayana, who had earlier filed a private complaint against ADGP-Lokayukta H N S Rao, submitted additional documents on Thursday pertaining to a property owned by Rao’s wife at Maravante in Udupi district.
The official also did not reveal about this property in the returns filed before the government, the petitioner said.
ADGP Rao said the complaint was baseless. ”My wife purchased the property with her own resources. I have shown my part as help rendered to her in buying the property. There was no violation of any rules,” he said.
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