Mangaluru: Disproportionate assets - MCC officer Shivaraj gets five years' jail, fined Rs 34 lac

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (EP)

Mangaluru, Jul 26: Lokayukta special court has slapped five years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 34 lac on Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) assistant town planning officer B P Shivaraj on July 25 for possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income during his service.

The then Lokayukta inspector Prasanna V Raju had gathered details of the properties held by Shivaraj. The then Lokayukta sub inspector and team had conducted a raid and collected several documents in this connection. It was reported then that properties worth Rs 38 lac beyond his sources of income were found during the raid. DySP Dr Prabhudev Mane who completed the investigation had submitted a charge sheet against accused Shivaraj. As many as 27 witnesses were questioned and 160 documents were produced in the court.

B P Shivaraj

The Lokayukta special court which considered the arguments of special government prosecutor K S N Rajesh decided that the allegations against Shivaraj were proved. It was confirmed that Shivaraj held properties Rs 17 lac over and above his known sources of income. The third additional district and sessions court pronounced the quantum of punishment. The verdict that ran to 106 pages was announced by B B Jakati, judge of third district and session’s court and Lokayukta special court on Monday July 26 declaring that Shivaraj is guilty under Prevention of Corruption Act section 13(1) and 13(2).

Shivaraj had pleaded that his quantum of punishment should be reduced as he is sick. However, the special government prosecutor strongly argued in the court that the accused should be sentenced to maximum punishment as the case is related to corruption.

The judge B B Jakati has ordered Shivaraj to undergo five year’s ordinary imprisonment and pay Rs 34 lac fine. Failure to pay the fine will attract another year’s ordinary imprisonment.

Judge B B Jakati said that corruption is like cancer in the society and relaxation in the quantum of punishment to the accused is not right. “As B P Shivaraj has earned illegal property of Rs 17 lac during the last 14 years, imposing double that amount as fine is justifiable,” he said.

The sentence has created shivers among the corrupt. The accused Shivaraj is remanded to judicial custody.






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  • Shridhar, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    He got caught because he might have refused to give monthly kickbacks to LOKAYUKTA department. People asking RTO office to be raided should know that they give Mamooli regularly to the LOKAYUKTA department.

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  • Agnes, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 28 2021

    He is small fish. Big sharks are still inside there blessed by Lokayukta.

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  • Jeevan, Kudla

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    Politicians made a rule that no one can file corruption cases against them and they approved this rule in Parliament both housed, son they are safe as long as they live in this world.

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  • sense_Shetty, Mical,Kudla,Odipu

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    Freeze his assets and do not return him ..keep him in jail for life. 5 years is too less. Raid RTO ,Pollution control board ,Health inspectors and other officials especially the ones in Mangalore and Udupi if found guilty ,freeze their assets and put them behind bars. Maintain a central bribery officials database ..which is available to the public ..deprive them of any govt facilities.

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    small fry and small change - the penalty will not even pinch the chap - it is a mistake of anyone thinks this will put the fear of God in such people. It will be a great beginning if all RTOs, MLAs and ministers are raided and put behind bars and their assets nationalised - most of them are corrupt and have disproportionate assets far far beyond their income.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    has any politician gone to jail for corruption...

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  • Eula D'Souza, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    Good Beginning. Yet please clarify of those many more officials who were caught with Crores of rupees scandal? what happened to them all? Lacs of rupees in nothing to be jailed. There must have been some miscalculations in distributing the loot, hence he has been made a scapegoat. Start jailing, punishing and fining all the corrupt officials and politicians in all parties, at least those who have been caught. If you do that then we believe in your judicial systems. Stop fooling people by punishing the smallest fish. Try and catch the sharks in this Corruption Business, we will have no politicians and not many Govt officials left in our country. It's a joke and mockery of Judicial system that you exhibit by doing this. Unfortunately Bribes and corruption is deep routed in our system, that, up-rooting it will be a herculean task or even an impossible mission.

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  • SALVADOR NORONHA, Omzoor/Mumbai.

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    This is an eye wash to fool the common people in general. If the government wants to get rid or curb corruption, they must clean their houses and surroundings first. In our beloved country 99.9% of people have bribed government officials to get their work done. for eg say i am staying outskirt of Mangalore city and I have to collect death certificate of my parent from the city DC office, I have to fill form and submit with relevant documents, and come after a week to collect the same. If you pay under the table you will get the certificate the same day. Why the government is not allowing all this an similar type work to be done online.

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    Lacs is risky. Thousands of crores safe.......

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    Let this be the beginning. Let us straighten up the bureaucrats first and then the politicians.

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  • N S Shetty, Surathkal

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    No sparing anyone..... They are destroying Lives and Livelyhoods.. Attach and Auction ALL ASSETS...

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  • Umesh Rao, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    The auction for the Karnataka CM's post has already started. Looking at its 'earning potential' bids have commenced at Rs 2,000 Crores.

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  • Jd, Mlr

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    I surely agree that corruption must be stopped. Can't believe this is the punishment. Across 14 years, if he has 17 lakh, then go after those who made crores in few years. Shivraj was an easy ptey to show that system works

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  • Pili, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    If this is rule of law applied to some of major powerful n politicians, india needs another thihar jail built to accommodate.

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  • Roshan, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    "Shivaraj has earned illegal property of Rs 17 lac during the last 14 years!" For 17 lakhs 5 years imprisonment???? looks too much Then how many years of Jail should be given to Gali Janardhana reddy & his brothers along with whole "BJP" team for looting Trillion Dollar iron ore at ballari?..... For destroying India's economy starting from demonetization, Raphael, Ambani Adani centralization to fakir decisions on many years of jail should be given to Feku & Daku gang?

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  • shankar, Manglore

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    @Roshan Keep shouting, all these allegations are without any evidence. What is issue in Rafale? any 5th grade student can understand maths behind it, not you. Rahul gandhi is out on bail in 5,000 crore worth National herald scam.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    Make no mistake !! Babus are closely associated with netas, They collectively share the loot of public tax paid revenue. Plum posting in lucrative executive positions are pre-ordained for a price !!!

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    With the drama of DEMONETISATION - AADHAAR etc - Corruption has become specialized -- gone to another level - ELECTION MISUSE - PEGASUS ETC --- Na Khauga Na Khane Dunga

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  • Anonymous, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    Without politicians blessings be could not have amassed such huge quanitity of wealth...Law should go to roots...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    Start with our Politicians ...

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 27 2021

    First try and make all the contracts and deals in MCC and MUDA corruption free and 100% transparent instead of blaming some small officials for petty offences. As usual nobody dares to touch people on top.

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 26 2021

    This decision deserves to be welcomed by all those who are interested in the welfare of this country. I congratulate the judge for this decision and hope more and more corrupt officials and politicians are brought to book. Corruption by civil servants should never be condoned.

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  • Rohan Karkera, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 26 2021

    I hope his family is doing ok(i can't disclose their identity as i know them personally)! What he did is extremely wrong!

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  • John, Valencia

    Mon, Jul 26 2021

    Ritabai, u can have sauerkraut n sausages now.

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 26 2021

    The corruption is in every govt. department. Politicians are taking major share and the babus will get only small percentage.

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  • SAN, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jul 26 2021

    Finally seeing one getting punished for corruption.....there are hundreds out there in our local govt offices itself...😕

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  • Mithun, Dubai

    Mon, Jul 26 2021

    failure to pay 34 lakhs and additional one year imprisonments, i will go for this option with free food and accommodation

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Jul 26 2021

    Mithun Dubai,do you really mean it?Dont .Be happy with normal conji at home than company there and the atmosphere.Ask who experienced it.Live as normal person than with a name attached later when come out .Wish noone.

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