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'I had sleepless nights but I'm in the right'

india Updated: May 27, 2012 01:56 IST
Naveen Ammembala

Unearthed scams in municipal real estate and land development deals.

I came from a very poor family of Kethamaranahalli in Rajajinagar, a village in 1960s but now a big commercial area. My father gave all of us a good education. I did my Bachelor in Engineering (Civil) study from RV Engineering college in 70s through scholarships from Nehru Foundation and others.

I got an assistant engineer's job in the city corporation (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike)_ in 1979 and became interested in quality control. I have dealt with projects including roads, drainage, de-silting, buildings and various projects.

I tried and was successful in stopping corrupt practices across various projects worth crores of rupees. But that also got me a lot of attention from the mafia and other corrupt people. I have been getting threatening calls from many years.

In the beginning, I spent sleepless nights. But then I introspected and felt that I was doing the right thing. I unearthed corruption across at least 34 big projects worth over Rs 2,600 crore.

In many cases, the accused would not threaten me. However, whenever the real estate mafia was involved, there would be a death threat.

Recently, I investigated over 2,331 construction projects about a bogus bills scam in 28 assembly constituencies and the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) racket at Yelahanka, Dasarahalli, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bommanahalli, Mahadevapur, West, South and East Bangalore, which were under various projects worth Rs 71,246 lakh. I found that at least Rs 400 crore has been pocketed by the land mafia through bogus bills. This discovery irked some goondas and they recently barged into my chamber and threatened me with dire consequences.

Now I am 58 and just two years away from retirement. My worry is what will happen after I retire.