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Karnataka: ACB ‘drains’ lakhs of rupees from pipe in Kalaburagi house
Karnataka: ACB ‘drains’ lakhs of rupees from pipe in Kalaburagi house

Karnataka: ACB ‘drains’ lakhs of rupees from pipe in Kalaburagi house

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On cam: ACB officials recover Rs 13 lakh from drainage pipe in Bengaluru JE's house
ACB sleuths collected Rs 13.5 lakh in a bucket after cutting open a pipe at Shanthagouda M Biradar’s residence
BENGALURU: Lakhs of rupees meant for laying public roads had not gone down the drain as it usually does. Instead, it had been hidden away in a drainage pipe of a junior government official’s house in north Karnataka. That is precisely what Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths found during the raid on a threestorey residence of Shanthagouda M Biradar, a junior engineer in the state public works department, in Kalaburagi on Wednesday.
The sleuths had to collect wads of currency notes, totaling Rs 13.5 lakh, in a bucket after cutting open the drainage pipe where the illegal money had been stored. The engineer had also concealed currency notes in the false ceiling of the house, ACB sources said. The cash seized from the pipe and ceiling added to Rs 54.5 lakh.

Not just cash, Biradar reportedly owned two houses in Kalaburagi, a site in Bengaluru, five vehicles, 36 acres of farmland and gold jewelry. “This is for the first time that we found cash hidden in a drainage pipe,” a senior ACB official said.
Besides Biradar, 14 other officials were searched at 68 places across the state. A total of 503 ACB personnel swooped down on the residences of government officials, who are suspected to possess assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Five raided officials from Bengaluru
At the end of the raids on the 15 officials, the ACB seized 16.5kg gold, 45kg silver, documents on sites and hundreds of acres of farmland reportedly amassed by the officials. A joint director of agriculture department in Gadag district, TS Rudreshappa, was found to be in possession of 9kg gold (including biscuits), 3kg silver and Rs 16 lakh in cash, apart from owning houses and sites. Five of the raided officials were from Bengaluru. What baffled the officials was the king-size life led by a group ‘D’ worker.

The raids come in the backdrop of an increase in complaints from people over rising corruption levels.
Watch On cam: ACB officials recover Rs 13 lakh from drainage pipe in Bengaluru JE's house
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