Lokayukta cops raid premises of ex-minister Renukacharya
Davangere/Shivamogga, May 29: Lokayukta sleuths conducted simultaneous raids on the house and other premises of former State minister M P Renukacharya and his relatives at six places including Bengaluru, Davangere, Honnali, Shivamogga among others.
The raids were carried out following a private complaint lodged by RTI activist and president of Honnali Anti-Corruption Forum Gurupadaiah Mathad against BJP leader M P Renukacharya, at Davangere Lokayukta special court, alleging that the BJP leader has amassed wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.
The presiding officer of the special court had ordered the police to conduct investigations and submit a report on the same by June 26.
Lokayukta Superintendent of Police (Chitradurga Division) Sridhar said, “The Lokayukta officials have seized cash of Rs 3 lakh, gold jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh and 22 vehicles during the raid on the house and other premises of M P Renukacharya and his relatives at six places across Karnataka. They have also taken several documents into their custody. The offcials are calculating the estimates of the properties movable and immovable unearthed during the raid.”
Lokayukta sleuths raided the Bapuji Ayurvedic Medical College, hospital and hostel owned by Renukacharya at Channamumbapura on Savalanga Road on the outskirts of Shivamogga on Thursday morning. During the raid, property, including movable and immovable found there was estimated to be worth Rs 80 lakh. Documents pertaining to the property in Davangere was not found. Renukacharya has a house, five cars, a tractor at Honnali and a house in the name of his brother-in-law in Bengaluru, the Lokayukta SP added.
A team led by Lokayukta DySP Manjappa and Inspector Satyanarayana and staff conducted the raids.
Mere visit, not raid
Meanwhile, the former Excise minister Renukacharya told reporters that the Lokayukta officials visited his premises, including his house, and not conducted any raid.
“Lokayukta cops gained entry into my house only after taking my signature. You cannot term it a raid. This is a political conspiracy. I will not get perturbed. I am sure I will come out unscathed,” Renukacharya said.