Vijayawada : Anantapur police have busted a major transport scam and arrested former MLA and TDP leader JC Prabhakar Reddy and his son JC Asmith Reddy for using forged documents to register scrapped and condemned vehicles in Andhra Pradesh.
Joint Transport Commissioner of Road Transport Authority SAV Prasada Rao said 154 buses of BS-III category belonging to JC Travels have been seized, He said the buses were registered illegally and were operating without valid licenses and insurance certificates for the last three years.
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Police said that JC Prabhakar Reddy and others were involved in forging documents including insurance papers and NOCs to sell 18-wheeler trailer lorries.
Police had registered a case against JC Prabhakar Reddy and three others a week ago after 10 persons, who had purchased the vehicles from Nageswara Reddy, the fleet manager of Prabhakar Reddy, staged a dharna in front of the TDP leader’s residence demanding the return of their money.
They alleged that they were sold BS-III lorries as BS-IV vehicles using forged documents. Road Transport Department immediately swung into action and seized the vehicles.
Transport Commissioner P Anjaneyulu said that the investigation has revealed that JC Prabhakar Reddy and his son have been operating and selling vehicles using forged documents.
Transport Department said that they have unearthed a major vehicle scam. The officials said the modus operand of the father-son duo was to purchase vehicles as scrap and register them as BS-IV vehicles.
Of the 154 BS-III vehicles purchased from Ashok Leyland purportedly as scrap, 80 had been registered in Anantapur district as BS-IV vehicle. Of those, 30 were sold in the name of Nageswara Reddy as the authorized signatory of Jatadhara company and the remaining in the name of J Chinna Uma Reddy.
Prabhakar Reddy and his son Asmith Reddy are being brought to Anantapur from Hyderabad for further investigation.