Fake site allotment racket run by BDA staff busted in Karnataka


Bengaluru, Dec 5 (IANS): A fake site allotment document racket run by four officials of the Bengaluru Development Authority was busted on Friday in a joint operation launched by the Bengaluru city police and the Bengaluru Development Authority Task Force.

The quantum of the scam is yet to be ascertained, but prima facie investigation suggested that the fake site allotment racket could be valued at around Rs 300 crore. Four BDA officials were running the racket, the police claimed.

According to a complaint, four officials from the BDA had hired a plush office on Cunningham Road, just a stone's throw away from Bengaluru city police commissioner's office.

According to the police, BDA's joint secretary-3 Shive Gowda and real estate agent Indra Kumar are the prime accused in this scam. Kumar is the owner of Redhans company while the office space in which this company operated was owned by Gowda, the police said.

Apart from these two accused, three more officials were involved in the scam, Kamlamma, a tahsildar, and Sharat and Samapth, working as clerks in the BDA.

The police have recovered at least 60 fake site allotment documents valued at around Rs 100 crore, forged seals and letterheads of the BDA commissioner and a host of other materials from these premises.

It was a parallel office being run by Gowda and other BDA staffers. The BDA first carried out surveillance on these accused of a fortnight and the raid was carried out by the police after that, the police said.

It all began when the BDA commissioner, H.R. Mahdeva, received a pen drive from a whistleblower sometime back. Based on this input, the BDA commissioner reportedly had an interaction with Bengaluru city police Commissioner Kamal Pant.

An investigating team comprising the BDA Task Force and Bengaluru city police was formed which kept a close watch for more than a fortnight before conducting the raid on Friday, the police said. Further probe is underway.

 

  

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  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 5 2020

    Unfortunately, the central government in the recent farm law brought a clause which says that the actions by the central, state government and its officers are not under judicial scrutiny and cannot be contested in the court of law and nonpunishable. When the government can pass such laws then what will happen to their officers. Similar are the clauses in the new labor laws. If such are the laws being formulated then how these crimes of the BDA officials will be punishable. They will be raided, reprimanded, and left free. The losers will be the gullible public who invested or bought the sites. They will not get back their money or their effort. As the system has become more corrupt and has reached a phase where no Lokayukta or the courts will take action

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  • alex, mangalore

    Sat, Dec 5 2020

    Unfortunately most of the government employess who have the opprtunity to be corrupt become corrupt without any moral or ethics .It is so difficult to get the government works done and they are so rude and uncaring and forget they and others are humans .Untill the stringent measures are taken against corruption ,it will only get worse . Government employees should work like private employees where the fear of losing the job is there.

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