480 BBMP files, seals found in official’s home | Bengaluru News – Times of India
The Anti-Corruption Bureau trap to catch the assistant director of city planning in BBMP while he was accepting a bribe has turned out to be the proverbial tip of the iceberg.
BENGALURU: The Anti-Corruption Bureau trap to catch the assistant director of city planning in BBMP while he was accepting a bribe has turned out to be the proverbial tip of the iceberg.
According to ACB officials, at least 480 BBMP documents and seals of several senior civic officials were recovered from the Kodigehalli residence of Devendrappa, assistant director of city planning in Bommanahalli zone. They seized Rs 27.4 lakh, including Rs 7.4 lakh of unaccounted-for cash, from him.
But what raised eyebrows was the presence of 430 files in his house, which included some land documents, and another 50 files in his Toyota Fortuner car. There were fake seals in his residence, including of officials of the ranks of chief engineer, joint commissioner, executive engineer, assistant engineer, ACB sleuths said.
Papers from other zones
The files belong not just to Bommanahalli but also other zones of the Pailke. “We will study them and seek the civic agency’s response,” said an officer.
Sleuths said they found high-end cars in Devendrappa’s residence, accounts in several banks and fixed deposits. At least 120 litres of expensive liquor brands were seized, and the excise department has been alerted.
It all started when a businessman approached Devendrappa to obtain occupancy certificate to construct a plant. The official allegedly demanded Rs 40 lakh to provide it. The businessman complained to ACB and on Friday, Devendrappa was caught while collecting Rs 20 lakh from the businessman.
Accountant, bill collector caught taking bribe
On Monday, ACB officials of Kolar district caught a village accountant in Mulbagal taluk while he was taking a bribe of Rs 1 lakh to upload land papers on Bhoomi, a land records management system. The village accountant, Kiran, was caught red-handed.
In another incident, Venkataramanappa, a bill collector of Kolar municipal corporation, was caught while collecting a bribe of Rs 18,000.