Tax raids yield 7,000 sarees in Hubli official’s house; shocked officials value them in crores

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Updated: March 02, 2017 4:20 PM

The officials of Anti-Corruption Bureau left shock when they found seven thousand sarees during a raid in Hubli.

acb, anti corruption bureau, raid, cariappaThe ACB officials found almirahs full of expensive sarees having value in several crores of rupees. (Representative Image: Reuters)

In these times of demonetisation, it has become quite common to find thousands of currency notes, jewellery, documents and other valuables in searches but the officials of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) were left shocked when they found as many as 7,000 pricey sarees on Tuesday in one such instance. The ACB officials carried out a raid in the house of deputy commissioner Cariappa N in Hubli city of Karnataka on Tuesday. While the team was searching the house, they found almirahs full of expensive sarees whose value was expected to run as high as several crores of rupees, according to a report in Times of India. During initial questioning, Cariappa said that his wife runs a saree-linked business but later the couple was unable to present any proof of the existence of any such business. Officials are now carrying forward the probe into the matter.

The officials also found jewellery and documents of properties in various parts of Karnataka bought on the name of Cariapp’s wife and relatives. According to the report, Cariappa owns a plot of 10,000 square feet in Yesvantpur, a house having value of rupees one crore and two flats in Hubli, a flat in Hesaraghatta, a plot in Manjunath Nagar, 20 acre land in Koliwada village and four acres land in Navalgund. They also found shoes, watches and other valuables but the thing that surprised the officials was the bulk of sarees found. It took them more than six hours to count the sarees and calculate their value in rupees, according to an ACB official as quoted by ToI. As the couple could not provide any suitable reason behind owning seven thousands of sarees, the officials are now speculating that Cariappa might raid a saree shop and kept all the sarees with him.

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Besides, the ACB officials also raided the house of the chief engineer of Bengaluru Municipal Corporation Keti Nagraj on the same day and found several kilograms of gold, documents of properties and luxury cars. The officials informed that in the raid that have found rupees seven lakh in cash, 10 kilograms of gold, five luxury cars along with documents of four plots, two houses and a commercial complex, all on the name of his relatives.

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