Bangalore : An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and 12 other officials in Karnataka have been found to have amassed over Rs.300 million worth of assets through illegal means.
The residences and offices of the IAS officer and 12 other officials were searched Wednesday morning simultaneously by a team from Lokaytukta, the state anti-corruption body headed by retired judge of the Supreme Court, N. Santosh Hegde.
The other officials are two chief executive engineers, three executive engineers, one joint commissioner of commercial tax department, one medical superintendent, one regional transport officer and four motor vehicle inspectors.
Hegde identified the IAS officer as V. Chandrasekar. He has been recently posted as deputy commissioner of Bagalkot district in north Karnataka.
Earlier he served as deputy commissioner in the revenue department in the coffee-plantation rich Chickmagalur district.
Hegde told reporters the IAS officer was found to have assets worth over Rs.40 million.
“The raids began Wednesday morning in Bangalore city, Bangalore rural district, and in Haveri, Chikmagalur, Shimoga, Mandya and Chitradurga districts and the quantum of illegal wealth amassed by these officials should be even more than the preliminary estimates,” he said.
Lokayukta officials said the preliminary estimate of the wealth of the 13 was Rs.300 million.
All the officials owned moveable and immoveable assets in the city and other areas, Hegde said.