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Karnataka Lokayukta Arrests MUDA Commissioner for Alleged Bribery

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In a significant development, the Karnataka Lokayukta on Saturday apprehended Mangaluru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) commissioner Mansoor Ali and broker Mohammad Salim. They stand accused of purportedly accepting a bribe amounting to Rs 25 lakh in exchange for issuing a transferable development rights (TDR) certificate to a resident of the city.

The arrest transpired subsequent to a complaint lodged by Giridhar Shetty with the Lokayukta police, highlighting the alleged bribe solicitation by the MUDA commissioner via a broker.

According to Lokayukta police sources, Giridhar Shetty was in possession of 10.8 acres of land situated on survey number 57/P at Kudupu in Mangaluru taluk. The Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) had earmarked the land for waste management purposes and officially acquired it in January of this year. In February, the MCC commissioner forwarded a request to the MUDA commissioner for the issuance of a TDR certificate related to the acquired land. However, the file remained pending. When Shetty approached the MUDA commissioner to expedite the process, it is alleged that a bribe of Rs 25 lakh was demanded.

The Lokayukta orchestrated a sting operation when broker Mohammad Salim was purportedly in the process of accepting the bribe amount from the complainant. The raid was executed by inspectors Amanulla A, Suresh Kumar B, and other personnel, under the supervision of Dakshina Kannada Lokayukta SP (in-charge) Cheluvaraju B.

Subsequent to the arrest of MUDA commissioner Ali, former BJP minister V Sunil Kumar raised allegations suggesting that the accused might have been operating on behalf of the government. Kumar stressed the need for a thorough investigation to ascertain the extent of involvement of high-ranking officials such as the chief minister, deputy chief minister, and district in-charge minister.

 

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