Tainted official made money in real estate

Hyderabad, Nov. 13: The IAS designate Mr K. Harshavardhan, who held key revenue posts in the city administration, made a great deal of money during the realty boom, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has alleged.
Mr Harshavardhan, who was found to have Rs 8 crore unaccounted value assets, managed to stay in plum posts in Hyderabad through most of his tenure.
After his first posting as the revenue divisional officer (RDO) in Nandhyal, he held a similar post in Secunderabad and Chevella, and worked for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) as additional commissioner (works) and the Hyderabad Metro Water Supply Sewerage Board. He was also the PS to the minister for BC welfare, Mr Mukesh Goud. He was caught by the ACB after he was shifted out of the city to Guntur.
“He made money mostly when he worked in the revenue department and the GHMC during the real estate and construction boom. As of now we haven’t identified a specific scam or irregularity against him,” said an ACB official.
ACB sleuths got permission from the court to open Mr Harshavardhan’s lockers in the Tirumala Co-operative Bank at Abids after he claimed that he had lost the keys. Documents and gold ornaments were stashed away in the locker.
“We expect the worth of the assets, which is still unfolding, to cross Rs 8 crore. He had invested most of his money in real estate,” said the investigating official. The ACB has also sought legal opinion about whether to make Mr Harshavardhan’s wife — a Central government employee — an accused in the case as several of the prime properties are registered in her name.
Meanwhile the forest department has booked and fined Mr Harshavardhan for possessing deer trophies, which he said were left to him by his father. “As they are spotted deer, we have fined him Rs 25,000 each. He is yet to pay the fine,” said the Hyderabad central forest range officer, Mr Vipla Reddy.


Drugs rocket in AP