Hyderabad: The sleuths of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesday arrested two police officials, a sub-inspector and a constable, red-handed while taking a bribe of Rs 30,000.

According to the ACB, Gandhinagar Police Station SI Lakshminarayana demanded a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a complainant in connection with a cheating case. Later, they agreed on Rs 30,000.

The victim then approached the ACB officials. On Wednesday, the ACB arrested Lakshminarayana and a constable red-handed while taking the bribe. Both the officials were sent for custody after appearing in court.

Earlier this month, the ACB officials arrested eight persons including Assistant Commissioner of police Y. Narsimha Reddy in a multi-crore land scam case.

The eight were accused of cheating the government by illegally selling and acquiring ‘prohibited’ land in Madhapur area of market value worth Rs 50 crore.

The fraud dates back to 2016 when the accused - Gopagoni Sajjan Goud, Poreddy Thirupati Reddy, Yerra Chandrashekar and Arjula Jaipal - fraudulently converted ‘prohibited government land’ into gift deeds.

The property belonged to the government and was allocated to the APIIC and the HUDA respectively. However, the four got it registered in their names as gift deeds when in reality their family held no ownership title.

They created fake documents and house numbers. A large chunk of government land was divided into four house plots of each measuring 490 square yards in survey number 64 of Madhapur. It is pertinent to note that the property is a real-estate jewel as it is located opposite to Cyber towers.

Two years later, four buyers including the corrupt officer Y. Narsimha Reddy’s wife Y. Manga, Madhukar, Bandi Chandra Reddy and Bathini Reddy purchased the property.

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