Anti-Corruption sleuths go on a raid spree, arresting three corrupt Telangana officers red-handed accepting bribes
Anti-Corruption Bureau sleuths went on a spree of raids on December 23 and trapped three officials serving in Telangana’s Revenue Department.
ACB officials laid a trap and caught red-handed Dheeravath Saroja, a Deputy State Tax Officer of the Nacharam Circle-2 in Hyderabad. The officials found the lady while she demanded a bribe of Rs 5,000 from complainant Gyara Raj Kumar. Saroja demanded the kickbacks for changing address proof in the Goods and Service Tax documents.
Concurrently, the sleuths trapped Village Revenue Officer (VRO) Erla Yellaiah, serving at the Kondapuram of Warangal, for accepting a bribe of Rs 7,500. The VRO demanded money from complainant Bashaboina Ramaswamy to process the mutation file of his brothers and to handover the pattadar passbook. Notably, several VROs were caught for using pattadar passbook to harass farmers and landowners. On the other hand, ACB officers had also caught award-winning Tahsildar V Lavanya for holding back 11 passbooks of farmer
In a bizarre situation, anti-corruption officers caught Y Narender Reddy working as a computer operator at Dundigal Tahsildar’s office for accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000. This case needs a special mention. The operator demanded kickbacks from real estate businessman Narsimgam Sharavan Kumar. The latter complained that the operator had demanded a bribe to process and upload online record about one acre and ten guntas of land in the name of Narsimgam Sharavan’s sister.
Notably, the operator is an ‘out-sourcing employee’ and not on government payrolls. The complainant encountered the corrupt private employee for official works even before he approached the officials, thus reflecting the level of corruption at the office. The sleuths recovered an amount of Rs 40,000.
Anti-Corruption Bureau officers produced the trio before a special court hearing ACB cases.