Belagavi district was shaken by surprise raids conducted by the Lokayukta police on two officers, causing quite a commotion. One of the officers, AEE M.S. Biradar from the Panchayat Raj Department, was under investigation for alleged illegal property acquisition. As part of the operation, the officers simultaneously raided his residences in Shraddha Apartment of Visvesvaraya Nagar, Kittur, and Khanapur.
In a major crackdown, the Lokayukta sleuths in Karnataka carried out raids on more than 70 locations belonging to 17 government officials who were accused of accumulating wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income. The raids uncovered a significant amount of cash, gold, immovable properties, luxury vehicles, land investments, stocks, and expensive gadgets, according to reliable Lokayukta sources.
The searches were conducted in the early hours of the morning by several teams of Lokayukta police, with assistance from the local police. A senior Lokayukta official stated that these raids were part of a pre-dawn swoop to apprehend the corrupt individuals.
Dr. A Subramanyeahwara, the Inspector General of Police (Lokayukta), informed that a total of 17 cases had been registered against public servants across Karnataka. He further revealed that the raids were ongoing at approximately 70 locations.
These raids were not limited to Belagavi alone but were carried out in various districts across the state, including Bengaluru, Mandya, Raichur, Bidar, Kalaburagi, Chitradurga, Ballari, Tumakuru, Udupi, Hassan, Davangere, and Haveri, as confirmed by Lokayukta sources.
The searches and investigations are currently underway, as the Lokayukta officials continue their relentless pursuit of the corrupt. Today, they raided a total of 90 places throughout the state, with the support of over 200 officers