Gadwal: The in-charge district medical and health officer of Jogulamba Gadwal was caught red-handed on 23 July accepting a bribe of Rs. 7,000 from a doctor in return for processing an application for a relieving letter.

According to the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) officials, Dr A. Manjula was a medical officer in Gadwal. She cleared her PG NEET and on 17 June joined a medical college in Warangal. She had submitted an application to the health department seeking a relieving letter.

Kethavath Bheema Naik, the in-charge district medical and health officer, demanded Rs. 7,000 to process the doctor's application. She approached the ACB who laid a trap to catch the official. The ACB sleuths from Mahbubnagar and Nalgonda caught Naik red-handed accepting the bribe and recovered the money. A chemical test of his right hand and the inner linings of the right pocket showed positive results.

The official was arrested and produced before the additional special judge for SPE and ACB Cases, Hyderabad. The case is under investigation.

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