BENGALURU: A scam running into lakhs of rupees in issuing and renewing trade licences is rampant in BBMP, according to a special audit. Health officials used photocopies of a single DD to clear multiple issual and renewal of trace licences, the audit showed. Confirming that irregularities had caused a loss of Rs 30 lakh to the exchequer in Bommanahalli zone alone in 2017-18, the investigation officer said: “During the investigation, a bank account (8401132000011), was cross-checked with the control sheet given by the income-tax department. We found that the same demand draft was used for different trades for issuing new trade licences and renewing them.”According to Section 353 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act 1976, it’s mandatory to obtain a licence for any trade to be run in BBMP limits. The special order to audit all 28 medical officers of health was issued by then chief account officer Mahadev, after misappropriation was noticed in Bommanahalli zone during the annual audit for 2017-18. The auditors decided it couldn’t undertake a complete investigation of all 28 medical officers of health as it consists of 42,400 different trade licences and it’s difficult to cross-verify all demand drafts with bank transactions. The BBMP’s chief accounts officer recommended the commissioner ke necessary action against officers concerned. The special audit team’s report, a copy of which is available with TOI, revealed that the officers did not remit actual demand drafts into the exchequer account and used copies multiple times. The team headed by the Principal Accountant-General scoured receipts issued for DDs collected and cross-verified them with the control sheet given by civic agency’s I-T wing. The bank account’s passbooks were verified to check DDs remitted into the exchequer. Meanwhile, BBMP’s opposition party leader Padmanabha Reddy demanded an inquiry into the scam and demanded action against officials concerned. He has also written to the BBMP commissioner seeking an inquiry.