B T Lakshman had risen through the ranks to become chief general manager of a PSU. He was due for retirement in a year’s time
Bangalore: The Lokayukta (anti-corruption cell of the Karnataka government) has come across a government employee who is drawing Rs 18,000 per month but is worth Rs 12 crore.
The official in question is B T Lakshman who had joined Mysore Minerals Limited, a state government enterprise, in 1973 as junior geologist. He rose through the ranks to become chief general manager and was due for retirement in a year’s time.
However, following a raid on Thursday evening, Lakshman was arrested on charges of amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income. The Lokayukta had reportedly been keeping a close watch on him for the last two years after it received complaints of corruption against him.
After gathering sufficient evidence, a team of six Lokayukta inspectors raided five properties reportedly owned by Lakshman in Bangalore and Tumkur.
“Two kgs of gold, eight kgs of silver and Rs one lakh in cash were recovered from his three-storey house in Bangalore, which itself is worth Rs two crore,” Lokayukta chief Justice N Venkatachala said. All the properties raided were registered in the names of Lakshman’s wife and son. He was produced in a magistrate’s court, which remanded him to judicial custody.
Lakshman was suspended in 1998 for misconduct, but was reinstated in 2002 after a favourable court order.
3-storeyed house (Rs 2 cr)
2-storeyed house (Rs 50 lakh)
2 kg of gold
8 kg of silver
Rs one lakh in cash
Rs 70 lakh in ten accounts
Shopping complex (Rs 5 cr)
An industrial site (Rs 50 lakh)
2 plots measuring 40×60 and 50×60 sq ft
House on a 3.5 acre plot
In March, the Lokayukta raided five police officials and recovered Rs 60 crore of unaccounted wealth.