A Karnataka Commercial Tax Deputy Commissioner had stashed 7000 saris in his house. It took 6 hours for them to count the number of saris.
Tax official N Kariayappa from Karnataka seems to be inspired by the saris collection of Tamil Nadu’s ex-chief minister J Jayalalithaa. While Jaya had 10,500 saris in her possession, he managed to get 7000 saris for his wife.
It took officials from the Anti-Corruption Bureau 6 hours to put a number to what they had seen inside the wardrobe.
There were 7,000 saris in all manner of design and material, clearly worth crores of rupees. And these were only some of the items found during a raid on Tuesday at the house of the Deputy Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, in Hubballi.
According to sources, an entire room was full of saris, which were reportedly being used by the wife of the official,. When they asked her about it, she claimed she was running a business but then, on further questioning, couldn’t substantiate the claim with evidence.
While the saris alone would collectively be worth a few crores, officials also found several documents for properties owned by him, his wife and relatives, including three houses, a flat in Bengaluru, agricultural land, and plots. They also found jewellery, shoes, watches and accessories. The couple’s two children are studying abroad.