Contractor’s diary tightens the noose on over 60 top Karnataka officials
The handwritten diary reportedly fell into the hands of I-T sleuths during the Nov. 30-Dec. 1 raids on the properties of Chandrakanth Ramalingam of Ramalingam Construction Company
A handwritten diary, which reportedly fell into the hands of the I-T sleuths during the November 30-December 1 raids on the properties of Chandrakanth Ramalingam of Ramalingam Construction Company, specifically mentions names of over 60 top state officials – six Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and three Indian Police Service (IPS) officers (all posted in Bengaluru), and 51 engineers posted across Karnataka, with details pertaining to their money trails linking various allegedly murky government and non-government transactions.
According to a report in Bangalore Mirror, Ramalingam reportedly brokered deals and looked after the cash allegedly belonging to these officials – cash begotten through murky deals.
From a ‘nobody’ about five years ago, today Ramalingam is linked with the cream of who’s-who in the state administration – including some top ministers and officials.
Besides, Ramalingam’s name is a familiar one in the corridors of Public Works Department (PWD), Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited (KRIDL), Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited, Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project (KSHIP) and irrigation departments.
Ramalingam recently produced a Kannada film, launching the film career of a son of an IAS officer said to be “very close” to some serving ministers.
Among those officials linked with Ramalingam was Chikkarayappa, the source said.
Ramalingam was a one-stop-shop for several purposes, including for brokerage, money placements, and as a middleman, the report said.
Ramalingam’s phone records are being analysed to compare the same with the findings in the diary to establish the officials who were well-acquainted with him and who associated with him in his finances and projects.
Although the money found during raids was well within Rs 5 crore, the I-T sleuths suspect that up to Rs16 crore more has been circulated among officials with whom he has connections.