Bengaluru: A Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) official was denied bail by the High Court stating that there was rampant corruption in government offices.
“Corruption is now rampant in government offices, and no file will be moved without a bribe. I thus believe that the petitioner is not eligible to receive bail at this time,” said Justice K. Natarajan while denying bail to B. T. Raju, an Assistant Engineer at BDA.
According to allegations, BDA illegally acquired land from Suvvalal and Suresh Chand Jain and used it for a road. Their GPA (General Power of Attorney) holder Manjunath submitted an application for an alternative site in lieu of the land.
Raju allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs. 1 Crore, lowered it to Rs. 60 lakh, and on June 7 of 2022, was caught red-handed collecting a bribe of Rs. 5 lakh in cash.
Manjunath submitted his application in November 2021 to the BDA, which was then sent to the Additional Land Acquisition Officer, Surveyor, Executive Engineer (West), and finally Raju on January 3, 2022.
Raju allegedly kept it on hold up until the day the ACB arrested him six months later. He was caught by the ACB taking a bribe while in a car. It had earlier obtained a call recording during which he made the bribe demand.
The HC denied Raju’s plea for bail, stating that the telephonic conversation and the hand wash by the ACB both showed that the petitioner had accepted the tainted notes on which the police had spread phenolphthalein powder.