Amidst the chilling cold weather that has gripped the nation, trouble has shivered down on senior Congress leader Mallikarjuna Kharge who is under Lokayukta scanner for allegedly possessing property worth Rs 50,000 crore in country’s many cities including Nagpur. The other cities where Kharge is alleged to have amassed property are PUne, Mumbai, Goa, Delhi, Mysore, Gulbarga and Chennai. Some of the properties are reportedly in the name of his sons, daughters, son in law and also wife.
B Rathnakar, Generary Secretary of Bengaluru based Samaj Parivarthan Samithi has leveled the concerned allegation against Kharge.
The allegation is that he has amassed wealth disproportionate to his known source of income and hence a complaint under Prevention of Corruption Act was filed against him.
Lokayukta’s Raichur wing, Bengaluru is conducting an inquiry into the matter. Lokayukta officials tell an online portal that they are looking into the complaint and are conducting a thorough probe of the allegations. The Lokayukta, however added that they are inquiring into the complaint and if the allegations have merit then an FIR would be filed and case registered.
The complaint has several allegations. It accuses of amassing wealth through misuse of his official position. It specifically states that he had made illegal appointments to 1,427 posts of assistant engineers and also junior engineers in a bid to fill the SC backlog vacancies. As the Revenue Minister of state from the year 1980, he has amassed a lot of wealth and while totaling the same it amounts to Rs 50,000 crore worth of property the complaint alleges.
A huge complex in Bannerghatta worth Rs 500 crore, a coffee plantation of 300 acres in Chikmagalur worth Rs 1,000 crore, a house worth Rs 50 crore, a Kengeri farmhouse of 40 acres, a building near the M S Ramaiah college in Bengaluru worth Rs 25 crore, a house in RT Nagar, 17 acre land on Bellary Road, a three-storey building in Indira Nagar, two houses in Sadashivanagar and other properties. Further, he is accused of heading several societies and got grants for them. “He had also lied on oath while filing his election affidavit”, the complaint also states.