Karnataka Lokayukta on 15 October 2014 ordered enquiry into alleged misuse of 32 crore rupees funds meant for afforestation in Gulbarga district of the state.
The order directed ADGP Lokayukta to investigate the allegations made by advocate Dr. Raju Kulgeri in Gulbarga. The ADGP will have to take action under the relevant provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act and other relevant law and to investigate the scam.
The complainant in his plea alleged that 32 crore rupees that was allocated for afforestation between 2001 and 2011 was siphoned off by officials in the forest department. He also alleged that forest coverage of the district has come down from 33 percent to 3.1 percent.
Advocate Dr Raju Kulgeri filed the complaint to Lokayukta Justice Y Bhaskar Rao when he visited the district in July 2013.
In response to complaint, the Lokayukta committee comprising of two private persons namely the deputy conservator of forests and the deputy superintendent of police, Gulbarga, inspected the afforested area and submitted its report.
In the report, they said that the Forest department officials have failed to produce documents, cheques and receipts with regard to the work carried out by them and they did not show any spot for inspection.
Apart from this, another joint inspection report submitted by Deputy SP, Lokayukta of Gulbarga on 31 July 2014 said that there has been misappropriation of funds provided for afforestation and maintenance.
Who: Karnataka Lokayukta