The anti-corruption bureau of the Lokayukta carried out a series of spot inspections in Mandya district spread over 4 days to ascertain charges of corruption in the Hemavati Canal repair works.

The complaint was lodged by Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) which had filed a 570-page complaint suspecting embezzlement of funds to the tune of crores of rupees for repairs that were either shoddy in nature or were billed but not carried out.

The civic works which were being questioned pertained to repair of irrigation canals in K.R.Pet taluk, a lift irrigation project in Godehosahalli in Kikkeri taluk, construction of a retaining wall and repair of the sluice canal of Hosaholalu Dodda Kere, among others.

The Lokayukta staff conducted the inspection along different stretches of the canal from July 13 to 16 but the complainant, Nage Gowda of KRRS, has raised fresh concern that all the issues flagged by him were not addressed during the spot inspection.

He…

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