Staff Reporter

ADILABAD: Keenness to acquire a fancy vehicle registration number resulted in the Road Transport Authority becoming richer by over Rs. 1 lakh on Wednesday.

The number AP 01 H 9999 was purchased in auction by Payal Shankar, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Jainad Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency (ZPTC) member for Rs. 1.05 lakh, a record for Adilabad district.

Shankar bid successfully against A. Murlidhar Reddy, brother of former Adilabad MP, Indrakaran Reddy from Nirmal town.

But the number in question had actually been allotted to film star Jr. NTR last year, but was subsequently cancelled since he had obtained it by furnishing a non-existent address.

It came up for ‘resale' with Mr. Shankar and Mr. Murlidhar Reddy being the only bidders to opt for it.