A racket of securing income and caste certificates by submitting fabricated documents was busted with the detention of five private persons after searching the Saroorangar tahasildar office, ACB officials said on Saturday.

During the surprise check conducted on Friday, the ACB officials also found that Village Revenue Officers — J. Satyanarayana Reddy and M. Jangaiah — possessed unaccountable sums of Rs. 3,750 and Rs. 700 respectively. They illegally engaged three private persons for assisting in office work.

A report on the alleged irregularities by Saroornagar tahasildar Surender Reddy, who was away when the ACB officials searched the office and his staff, would be sent to the government for action, the ACB DSP, N. Chandrashekhar, said.

A person applying for income or caste certificate has to submit an application in the tahsildar office along with two certificates confirming the person's income or caste signed by two gazetted officers with their official seals. “The five private persons selling application forms outside the tahsildar office were also selling fabricated certificates of the two gazetted officers,” the DSP explained. The stamps and signatures of the gazetted officers were in the names of Sukhajeevana Chary, Civil Assistant Surgeon, Medical Services, and K. Md. Abdul Noor, Senior Medical Officer, Government Unani Dispensary, Kachiguda.

Around 600 unfilled application forms with signatures and stamps of these officers were recovered from the accused, Anil Kumar, Mahesh, Sk. Imran, Sk. Afroz and A. Yadaiah.

During further inspections, the ACB officials found 1,000 different certificates issued by the tahasildar in his office. Of them, 315 were issued on the basis of fabricated certificates allegedly sold by the five accused, who were later handed over to the Saroornagar police.