Rs 6 crore cash seized from BJP MLA’s son’s house

by Ana Lopez

Corruption: Lokayukta police in Bangalore seized crores in cash from the house of Prashanth Kumar, son of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Madal Veerupakshaappa. He was earlier caught taking bribe from a contractor. (Right) Rs 3 crore seized by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) during an anti-money laundering investigation against IAS officer Pooja Singhal of Hazaribagh district in Jharkhand. (Agency)
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BENGALURU: Lokayukta officials seized Rs.40 lakh from the house of Prashanth, son of BJP MLA K Madal Virupakshappa, who was caught allegedly accepting a bribe of ₹.40 lakh. Unaccounted cash amount of more than six crores was seized.
Virupakshappa resigned as chairman of KSDL after the Lokayukta action against his son, though he claimed that the raids by the Lokayukta were a conspiracy against him and his family. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bomai promised an impartial inquiry into the matter.
Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board chief accountant Prashant was caught red-handed accepting bribe from a contractor at the office of Karnataka Soap and Detergents Limited (KSDL) on Thursday evening and within hours a team of Lokayukta officials raided his house and seized unaccounted cash. According to Lokayukta sources, Virupakshappa is the chairman of KSDL and Prashant was allegedly taking the first installment of the bribe on behalf of his father.
Virupakshappa resigned from his post on Friday.
In his resignation letter sent to the Chief Minister, he said there was no connection between him and the Lokayukta raid, which he termed as a conspiracy against him and his family. He said that though I have been accused, I am accepting moral responsibility and therefore resigning from the post of KSDL chairman.
Karnataka Lokayukta Justice (retd) BS Patil said on Friday that Rs 2.02 crore have been seized from KSDL’s office and Rs 6.1 crore from Prashant’s house. Five persons including Prashant have been arrested and taken into custody. An FIR has been registered against him. Meanwhile, Bommai promised an impartial probe and said those found guilty of wrongdoing should be punished. This is the government’s stand. He pointed out that the present government has reinstated the Lokayukta to check corruption. In the absence of an anti-corruption body, many incidents took place during the Congress rule. There were 59 charges against Congress ministers and MLAs, but (only) the ACB (Anti-Corruption Bureau) suppressed them. Once they are interrogated by the Lokayukta, the truth will come out. (Agency)

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