Lokayukta files chargesheet against KAS official

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Davangere, Sep 15(UNI) Karnataka Lokayukta today filed chargesheet against a senior Karnataka Administrative Service(KAS) Officer arrested under Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.

The sources said police submitted chargesheet before the District and Sessions Court here against B H Siddappa, a 1984 KAS batch officer, who is now working as Bidar Zilla Panchayat Deputy Secretary.

In a raid conducted on November 15, 2005 at Mr Siddappa's residence here and office at Haveri, when he was working as an Assistant Commissioner, valuable documents and cash and jewels together worth Rs 95.74 lakh were seized. His total income from known source would have been Rs 15.97 lakhs only, but he had made 599 per cent excess income, the sources said.

Mr Siddappa had earlier served as Tahsildar and Assistant Commissioner and also as Private Secretary to the former Minister for Excise.

Last week Lokayukta arrested him and later he was released on bail.

The property seized from Mr Siddappa would be attached by the Government, the sources added.

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