Bengaluru: ACB raids houses, offices of Congress MLA Zameer Khan

Simultaneous raids were carried out by ACB officials based on an Enforcement Directorate report on disproportionate assets. 

BySaurav Kumar

Published Jul 05, 2022 | 1:02 PMUpdatedJul 23, 2022 | 3:34 PM

Zameer Ahmed Khan

Sleuths of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday, 5 July, conducted simultaneous raids in Bengaluru at five places belonging to Congress Chamarajpet MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan.

The action was based on an Enforcement Directorate (ED) report on Khan’s disproportionate assets.

According to an ACB official, five teams of the agency carried out searches at a house situated near the Cantonment Railway Station, Silver Oak apartment, a guest house at Sadashivnagar, the GK Associates office at Banashankari, and the National Travels office in Kalasipalya.

All five locations have connections to Khan, a four-time MLA who also served as the food and civil supplies minister in the HD Kumaraswamy government.

ACB officials seized several documents during the raids. A senior Telangana police officer said, “The officials of the ACB are analysing the documents recovered.”

Congress workers protest against ACB raids outside MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan's residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Congress workers protest against ACB raids outside MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan’s residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday. (Supplied)

Supporters of Khan, on learning about the raids, gathered in front of the MLA’s residence in Bamboo Bazaar and carried out protest.

They also accused the state government of targeting their leader.

Congress leaders also claimed the raids are being conducted to divert the public’s attention from the police sub-inspector recruitment scam.

“There is no connection between the ACB and the ED. The raids are conducted purely on the instructions of the government to divert people’s attention from the police recruitment scam,” said Leader of Opposition and former chief minister Siddaramaiah.

The ED, in August last year, raided the houses of Khan and another former minister, R Roshan Baig, in connection with the alleged IMA Ponzi scheme: a scam allegedly worth ₹4,000 crore. Most of the victims of the scam were Muslims.