Hyderabad: Trouble is mounting for tainted Keesara Tahsildar EB Nagaraju after an extensive investigation blew the lid off his criminal nexus.
A report submitted by the Vigilance and Enforcement Department has revealed that EB Nagaraju approved the forged documents to transfer land worth Rs 48 Crore. This is besides Rs 1.10 crore bribe he allegedly demanded in a dodgy land deal.
On August 14, sleuths of the Anti-Corruption Bureau raided a guest house at AS Rao Nagar in Hyderabad and caught Keesara Tahsildar red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs 1.10 Crore from two realtors. The officials also found unaccounted cash of Rs 8 lakh in his car on the same day.
Subsequent searches led the officials to seize another Rs 28 lakh, gold and silver ornaments. Tahsildar has been booked for disproportionate assets and is currently in prison.
Vigilance and Enforcement Department, which is probing a complaint found that Nagaraju had digitally signed for issuance of new passbook in July in favor of four persons.
He approved forged documents to transfer the land measuring Rs 24.16 gunts in Rampally to Kandali Laxmama, Kandali Buchi Redd, Kandadi Manemma, and Kandali Dharma Reddy, all belonging to a single family.
The investigation has revealed that the Kandadi family did not own the land. However, Tahsildar forged the documents and transferred land in their names. Officially, the value of the land is approximately Rs 2.68 Crore. However, the market value of the land is said to be Rs 48.80 Crore.
“Though the appeal was pending before the revenue district officer Keesara, Tahsildar Nagaraju had digitally signed documents for issuance of passbook indicating the misuse of his official position. Nagaraju failed to inform about the fake succession proceedings issued to the higher authorities and did not file any criminal case against the fake landlord for forging documents. Tahsildar and the miscreants have colluded to acquire the land” the report said.
Based on the investigation, the sleuths of ACB have registered a case under criminal misconduct against the Tahsildar. This is the second case in the span of two months against him.
The ACB has carried out the third round of searches and have confiscated incriminating documents.
Tainted Keesara tehsildar Erva Balraju Nagaraju is not new to the graft cases registered against him by the Anti-Corruption Bureau. The accused officer, who was caught red-handed accepting bribe of Rs 1.10 crore from a realtor, had earlier escaped the legal dragnet.
According to ACB records, this is the second time the tehsildar was caught in a graft case. “In 2011, Erva Balraju Nagaraju was serving as deputy tehsildar in Shamirpet Mandal of Hyderabad. Acting on the complaints, ACB carried out searches and unearthed properties to the tune of Rs 1.50 crore amassed through an illegal source of income. The man was booked under a disproportionate assets case,” said a source.
The case ran for 5 years and he was suspended from service for a brief time. “Though ACB requested the revenue department for prosecution after conducting a robut investigation, no action was taken and the accused officer continued on his post. Finally, all charges were dropped and the case was closed in 2015,” the source added.
Investigations by ACB revealed that the tehsildar joined as a stenographer. Given his political clout, he was elevated to the post of tehsildar.