Lokayukta raids sweep Karnataka: 40 locations targeted in crackdown on unethical conduct
In a sweeping crackdown on corruption, Lokayukta officials in Karnataka have launched a coordinated operation simultaneously targeting 40 locations across the state. This move by the anti-corruption agency signals a decisive strike against alleged malpractice and unethical conduct among government officials.
The raids targeted a wide array of government departments and officials, ranging from food inspectors to commercial tax officers, health inspectors to executive engineers. In a coordinated effort spanning various districts, including Bengaluru, Hassan, Bellary, Mysuru, Mandya, and Mangaluru, the Lokayukta's teams descended upon the properties of the accused officials.
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The raids, which encompassed the residences, offices, and even the homes of relatives of 10 government officials, have sent shockwaves through various districts. The officials targeted in these raids include commercial officer Netravati in Chikkamagaluru, PWD EE Harsha in Mandya, Executive engineer Yajendra in Mysuru, and food inspector Jagannath in Hassan.
During the raids, Lokayukta officials reportedly unearthed a substantial amount of money and other illicit gains. Moreover, the raids extended beyond the immediate targets, with Lokayukta officials also scrutinising the residences of officials' relatives and associates.