Hyderabad: A day after Shabad Inspector B Shankaraiah and Assistant Sub-Inspector K Rajender, were caught red-handed accepting bribe of Rs 1.20 Lakh. Sleuths of Anti Corruption Bureau carried out searches at 8 locations, and unearthed properties worth Rs 4. 58 crore against the legal source of the Inspector's income.

Divided into 8 teams, ACB sleuths knocked the doors of Inspector's residence in Malakpet on Friday morning. Concurrently, searches were held at properties owned by his in-laws and benamis in Nizamabad and Nalgonda district. The 12 hour-long raids led the ACB officials to unearth, 2 residential houses worth Rs 1.05 Crore, 11 house plots of Rs 2.23 crore, 41 acres 3 guntas of agriculture land situated in Nizamabad district worth Rs 77 lakh, all disproportionate to his legal source of income. Officials also found gold ornaments of Rs 21.14 lakh and net cash worth Rs 17.88 lakh. The total wealth amassed is Rs 4.58 Crore, officials said.

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However, few startling facts came to light during the ACB's questioning. The Inspector revealed that he provided 'call details' to one Rakesh Reddy, accused in the murder of NRI businessman Chigurupati Jayaram. " He (referring to the inspector) confessed to provided call records of a 'lady' to accused Rakesh Reddy. This resulted in his suspension from the post of Inspector. However, it is let to be established if these call records were in connection with the murder of C Jayaram" a source said.

To recall, In January 2019, NRI businessman Chigurupati Jayaram was found murdered. The accused Rakesh Reddy kept the body of Jayaram in his car dickey and traveled in the city limits. An investigation done by the Jubille hills police revealed that the accused called up Nallakunta Circle inspector Srinivas 13 times and tried to pass it on as a road accident. Later Rakesh Reddy confessed to killing the man.

"During the searches, B Shankaraiah was asked if the reason behind his earlier suspension was linked to corruption. The Inspector revealed that he was a friend to Rakesh Reddy and provided him call details of a lady. This was prior to the murder of C Jayaram. His involvement in the murder is being probed" the source added. The accused joined the service in 1998, he served in Nizamabad district and other police station in Hyderabad suburbs.

ACB sleuths found properties registered in the names of inspector's Co-brother, sister-in-law's besides benamis. During questioning the in-laws were caught unaware of these properties. The man has a son and daughter, both pursuing MBBS. "The inspector does not have any ancestral properties. With a present income of less than a lakh, he owns assets worth Rs 4.58 crore and pays a yearly MBBS fee of Rs 11 lakh each for his children" an investigator said.

How did the lid blew off?

Shabad Inspector of police B Shankaraiah and Assistant Sub-Inspector K Rajender was arrested for demanding a bribe of Rs 1.20 lakh from an agriculturalist. The duo was caught red-handed in the station premises on 9th July.

Investigators told Newsmeter, that the accused cops demanded bribe from the complainant V Vijay Mohan Reddy to execute a court order in connection with a land dispute case. " The man's paternal uncle owned 4.5 acres of agriculture land in Solipet village, Shabad Mandal of Ranga Reddy district. Complainant Vijay Mohan Reddy entered into a purchase agreement with his uncle, however, it came to a halt with the land lord's (uncle) death, a family dispute followed. Meanwhile, the spouse of the deceased sold the land to another party. Vijay Mohan approached the court and was issued an injunction order".

Following the trap, searches were held at 8 locations on Friday. The two have been sent to judicial remand.

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