GHMC Tax inspector demands Rs 70,000 bribe from Major General (rtd), trapped

Hyderabad : Major General Satish Chandra Nair (retired) owns an independent house in Jubilee hills, road number 10 area of Hyderabad. The couple purchased the property years back when the rate per square yard was a few rupees. The house built in society, was then, registered on the name of Ms Nair.

A month ago, the retired officer lost his wife, following which he decided to transfer the property on the name of his son.

Major General Satish Chandra, now living in Bengaluru, entrusted the job of mutation (change the ownership name ) to one Degala Raju, who approached Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s Khairatabad zone tax inspector P. Jagan.

The officer initially demanded Rs 1 lakh from Degala Raju however after a series of negotiations; the two parties agreed up a bribe of Rs 70,000. Meanwhile, Raju informed the Army officer, who advised him to approach the Anti Corruption Bureau.

Acting upon a complaint, the ACB sleuths laid a trap. On January 31st morning while tax inspector P. Jagan was accepting bribe at Khairatabad main road (besides Ganaanka Bhavan), he was caught red-handed. The chemical test proved decisive which followed the arrest of the tax inspector.

“The accused, besides demanding a bribe, harassed the person. The man was forced to make multiple visits to the GHMC’s Khairatabad tax department. After several requests, the bribe amount was reduced from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 70,0000’, said an ACB official.

Concurrently, Village revenue officer (VRO) of Munagala Mandal of Suryapet district – Telangana, G. Srinivas was caught with Rs 17,000 bribe amount. The accused demanded kickbacks from Somireddy Venkat Reddy to process mutation application of land gifted by his mother (to the extent of 4.27 guntas). The ACB officials recovered the bribe amount, besides arresting the accused.

Both GHMC tax inspector and Suryapet VRO were produced before the Special Court for ACB cases and sent to judicial remand.

Coreena Suares

Coreena Enet Suares is the Editor of NewsMeter. Having over 9 years of experience , her stories have been published in the Deccan Chronicle Newspaper and the Asian Age. A post-graduate in Mass Communication, Coreena began her career as a News Anchor. Through out her journey, she has been able to build a strong network with people from all walks of life . She is also a certified fact-checker by Google India Initiative. She has recently attended the 'Defence Correspondence Course 2019, through which she visited Indo- Pak border, besides traveling on a War-ship and an insight into operations of Fighter aircrafts. Coreena's focus areas are anti-crime investigation agencies and Defence reporting.

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