In a crackdown against graft, sleuths of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) recovered Rs 7.52 lakh after they raided the Gannavaram Sub register office in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. The unaccounted cash was recovered on Monday by the Vijayawada unit of the ACB, led by DSP SVV Prasad Rao, who took into custody 10 document writers from the office.
The officials raided the Gannavaram sub register office based on a tip-off that the officials were indulging in corrupt practices. The ACB officials conducted their raids at the office for over four hours. During the surprise check by the officials, the staff tried to throw the money out of the window to prevent them from being caught by the ACB officials, reported Deccan Chronicle.
The ACB officials found that the 10 document writers had hired private persons who would do the land and document registration and collect bribe money from the public who visited the office, reported The New Indian Express. The amount has been seized from the office and a report will be sent to ACB Director General RP Thakur, about the findings.
This is the second such raid by the ACB officials. In September, officials from ACB and the CBI together raided and unearthed Rs 4.5 crore in disproportionate assets belonging to Pasupuleti Vijaya Bhaskar, a Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI) from Tirupathi. Bhaskar was working as an MVI with the Renigunta RTA check-post in Chittoor district and had a previous bribery case against him by the ACB.
Bhaskar had registered most of his properties in the names of his family members and benamis. A special team of Central Investigation Unit (CIU) and 14 teams of Chittoor ACB conducted simultaneous raids at the houses of his friends and family members at 15 different places in Chittoor, Anantapur, Bengaluru and Chennai from 8 am.
A special team of CIU and 14 teams of Chittoor ACB conducted simultaneous raids at all the places from 8 am. The officials found property documents, cash worth Rs 7.72 lakh, household appliances of Rs 6 lakh, 350 grams of gold ornaments, 2 kg of silver ornaments and three vehicles.