Bangalore: In a huge embarrassment to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Lokayukta officials seized Rs. 10.9 lakh in cash, 1.9 kg of gold and 37 kg of silver during searches at the residences of Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa and educational and business establishments allegedly belonging to him on Monday.
In all, searches were conducted at eight places, including his Bangalore and Shimoga residence, a cement dealership unit, two educational institutions and the house of his close aide N Somasekhar in Shimoga.
A Shimoga court on December 15 ordered an investigation into a complaint filed by advocate B Vinod, who alleged that Mr Eshwarappa, also state BJP chief who holds the Revenue and Rural Development and Panchayat Raj portfolios in the Jagadish Shettar Government, his son Kanthesh K E and daughter-in-law Shalini had amassed wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income.
Lokayukta police had subsequently registered a case and taken up investigation.