Kurnool: The officials of Anti-Corruption-Bureau (ACB) are finding it difficult to catch the absconding corrupt Tahsildar of Gudur, Kurnool district, S Haseena Begum. She is an accused in the case for demanding and accepting a bribe from a farmer. ACB sleuths caught her private assistant Shaik Mahaboob Basha for accepting a bribe of Rs 4 lakh from a farmer on behalf of Haseena at Panyam bus stop on November 7.
Kurnool ACB Deputy Superintendent of Police, M Nagabhushanam said that Haseena is a native of Nandyal town of Kurnool. She has been working as a Tahsildar (Mandal Revenue Officer) at Gudur.
Around six months ago, D Suresh, a farmer and native of Gudur approached Haseena to obtain Revenue Clearance Certificate (RCC) for 4.38 acres of farmland located in Survey Numbers 864-2A, 864-2 B1 and 864-2 B2 in Gudur as the land was earlier in court litigation.
The court gave its nod to sell the land, as litigation was resolved. Suresh wanted to sell his property to someone, for which he requires RCC for the registration of the property in the buyer’s name.
Haseena demanded Rs 8 lakh as bribe for the RCC. After some negotiations, Haseena agreed on Rs 4 lakh to do her duty. She asked Suresh to pay the bribe to her private assistant Shaik Mahaboob Basha.
Based on Suresh’s complaint, we laid a trap and nabbed Mahaboob Basha when he was accepting the bribe on behalf of Haseena. However, Haseena, who came to know about the trap, fled from her office and she is still at large, said M Nagabhushanam.
ACB officials with the support of police have been searching for Haseena. The officials also observed that Haseena has stayed in four to five women’s hostels in Kurnool, and she has frequently been changing her place of stay.
We have formed a special team comprising of police and revenue officials looking for the absconding Tahsildar, the ACB official added.