ED files prosecution complaint against Sativada postmaster in Rs. 1.53 cr MNREGA fraud

ED initiated the money-laundering investigation on the basis of an FIR registered by ACB, Visakhapatnam, against Talla Narayana Rao under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and the IPC.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  24 Feb 2022 1:50 PM GMT
ED files prosecution complaint against Sativada postmaster in Rs. 1.53 cr MNREGA fraud

Visakhapatnam: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a prosecution complaint against Talla Narayana Rao, Sativada branch postmaster, Srikakulam district, for misappropriation of MNREGA funds.

The complaint was filed before the special judge (PMLA), Visakhapatnam, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) 2002.

ED initiated the money-laundering investigation on the basis of an FIR registered by the anti-corruption bureau, Visakhapatnam, against Talla Narayana Rao under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and the IPC.

Investigations revealed that between 2013-2015, while working as the branch postmaster, Sativada, Talla Narayana Rao misappropriated Rs. 1.53 crore. Rao had increased the number of MNREGA beneficiaries by altering the figures on the printouts of the point of transaction device. Some of the money he misappropriated were invested/utilized to acquire immovable properties.

After detection of the fraud, the assets were disposed of, and Rs. 1.44 crore realised by the postal department. Now, the ED has completed the investigation and filed a prosecution complaint.

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