Money and gold ornaments were seen flowing out of a drainage pipe at the house of a PWD engineer in Karnataka’s Kalaburagi during a raid by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
A still from a viral video of the ACB raid | Twitter @nagarjund
HIGHLIGHTSCash amounting to Rs 13 lakh was recovered by ACBThe raid on the junior engineer’s home was led by ACB SP Mahesh MeghannavarA plumber was called to cut open a PVC pipe inside JE Shantagouda Biradar’s house on Wednesday
A video of a raid by Karnataka’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is going viral on social media. The raid in question was conducted at the home of a Junior Engineer in the Public Works Department (PWD).
In the video, ACB officers can be seen pulling out wads of cash and gold ornaments from inside a PVC pipe.
Sleuths with the anti-corruption agency raided the home of JE Shantagouda Biradar in Kalaburagi on the suspicion that the junior engineer acquired disproportionate wealth over the course of his tenure. The raid was led by ACB SP Mahesh Meghannavar.
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According to some reports, the ACB team knocked on Biradar’s door at around 9 am on Wednesday morning. The junior engineer took 10 minutes to open the door, which led ACB officials to believe that he may have hidden unaccounted cash somewhere around the house.
A plumber was then called to cut open a PVC pipe inside the junior engineer’s house. Once the plumber cut open the pipe, officials found bundles of cash and gold ornaments stuffed inside it.
Nothing to see here. Just bundles of cash dropping from a drainpipe at a PWD engineer’s house in Kalaburagi, Karnataka during a raid by anti-corruption bureau agents. (Via @nagarjund) pic.twitter.com/Vh51xa2Q1r
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A total of Rs 13.5 lakh in cash was recovered from the home of JE Shantagouda Biradar, according to a report by the New Indian Express. The report goes on to add that ACB officials also recovered Rs 6 lakh in cash stashed away from a ceiling inside the home of the PWD junior engineer.
Currently employed as a junior engineer with the PWD in Jewargi sub-division, JE Shantagouda Biradar joined the service in Zilla Panchayat sub-division in 1992. His service was confirmed in the year 2000.
Officials familiar with the raid on Wednesday told media outlets that an assessment of the junior engineer’s assets is being carried out.
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