Eshwarappa grilled by Lokayukta police
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister K S Eshwarappa, who is under investigation by the Lokayukta for amassing of illegal wealth, was questioned by the Lokayukta Police, here today.
Mr Eshwarappa and his son K E Kantesh, who were summoned by the Lokayukta Police earlier, appeared before the officials at the designated police station in the city and answered a number of questions posed by the Police officers.
The Lokayukta police had registered an FIR in December last year after launching a probe against him, his son K E Kantesh and daughter-in-law Shalini on a private complaint filed in the Lokayukta Special court by Shimoga Advocate B Vinod.
The complaint had alleged that the Deputy Chief Minister had acquired huge properties in Shimoga and other places through corrupt means.
Lokayukta Superintendent of Police Shivakumar told reporters that both Mr Eshwarappa and his son had answered questions posed to them.
The Lokayukta police had conducted raids on ten places, including Mr Eshwarappa's residence, and seized documents of properties, 29 kg of silver articles, 1.3 kg of gold ornaments and Rs ten lakh in cash. However, more interesting was seizure of a note counting machine from the leader's house in Shimoga.
According to sources, the total value of the unearthed wealth was not less than Rs ten crore.
Mr Eshwrappa, however, has denied that he and his family had amassed wealth disproportionate to their income and he had declared all he had before the Lokayukta as per the norm to contest elections.