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Kharge faces disproportionate assets inquiry

A Lokayukta complaint accuses him of illegal appointments during tenure as Karnataka minister.

OUR CORRESPONDENT  New Delhi | 20th Dec 2014

Mallikarjun Kharge

The Raichur Lokayukta police in Karnataka have taken up an inquiry into a disproportionate assets (DA) complaint against Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress' leader in the Lok Sabha.

The complaint, filed by Samaj Parivartan Samithi general secretary, B.T. Ratnakar, alleges that Kharge had amassed wealth misusing the office of Karnataka revenue minister and MLA and that he has assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

According to the complaint, he allegedly misused his official position in making illegal appointments to the posts of 1,427 (SC backlog vacancies) assistant engineers and junior engineers.

It also claims that Kharge got grant-in-aid to organisations that he headed and that he filed false affidavits with returning officers for Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. The complaint runs into 90 pages.

The complaint refers to the period from 1980, when Kharge was Revenue Minister in Karnataka, to the 2008 Assembly elections. "Kharge is the richest Dalit leader in the country," the complaint says, alleging that he owns properties worth Rs 50,000 cr.

The additional director general of police, Karnataka Lokayukta, has forwarded the complaint to the Lokayukta superintendent of police, Raichur division, to conduct an inquiry and submit a report.

This is only a preliminary inquiry into the allegations and no complaint has been registered so far. An FIR will be filed if prima facie evidence is found to support the allegations, said an official.

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