Officials of Anti-Corruption Bureau in Karnataka on Wednesday seized Rs.13 lakhs in cash hidden in a drainage pipe at an assistant engineer’s house in Kalaburagi as part of the government crackdown on officials holding disproportionate assets.
Visuals showed wads of cash falling out from a drainage pipe at the residence of Shantana Gowda, an Assistant Engineer in the Public Works Department in Kalaburagi.
An ACB official said that while Rs 13 lakh was recovered from the pipe alone, a total of Rs 54 lakh in cash was found at the engineer’s residence during the raid. Visuals showed the officials collecting all the cash in a yellow bucket that filled up to the brim with Rs 500 notes pulled out of the pipe.
This was seized from a single government official’s house, and the ACB is said to have seized a massive quantity of gold and silver ornaments, huge amounts of cash, and a horde of documents during the searches carried out across 60 locations in Karnataka.
Over 400 officials from the anti-corruption body were deployed in districts across the state in the recent past.