Andhra Pradesh

ACB raids city planner’s properties in 3 States

ACB sleuths raiding the residence of Town Planning Officer B. Murali Goud in Tirupati on Wednesday.

ACB sleuths raiding the residence of Town Planning Officer B. Murali Goud in Tirupati on Wednesday.  

Disproportionate assets worth ₹1.38 crore unearthed

Sleuths of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) launched coordinated raids on properties reportedly owned by Balagouni Murali Goud, a Town Planning Officer in the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, across three States on Wednesday.

Six teams of the ACB conducted the coordinated raids on properties owned by Mr. Goud as well as those of his relatives and close friends in Vijayawada, Tirupati, Hyderabad and Bengaluru and unearthed disproportionate assets worth ₹1.38 crore, according to a release issued by the ACB.

ACB Deputy Superintendent of Police Chandravamsam Devanand Santho said that the raids were launched following several allegations of large-scale corruption committed by Mr. Goud in his previous stint as Assistant City Planner of Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT).

Goud joined government service as Town Planning Building Overseer (TPBO) and worked in Yemmiganur and Nandyal municipalities of Kurnool district and at the CRDA in Vijayawada. He was promoted as Assistant City Planner in the Tirupati Municipal Corporation, and is now posted as TPO in the VMC.

Long list

The accused has reportedly purchased houses in Kurnool, Hyderabad and other cities and is learnt to have invested ₹10 lakh through bonds in Rural Electrification Corporation, New Delhi. Bank balances of about ₹20 lakh and a large quantity of gold and silver jewellery were seized, the ACB officials said.

A three-storied building at Balkampet in Hyderabad, a two-storied building in Nandyal, three residential plots in Tirupati and Kurnool, eight acres of agricultural land at Orvakal in Kurnool district, ₹14.50 lakh in cash, 500 gm of gold and 1 kg of silver valuables , a four-wheeler and three two-wheelers were some of the seized assets.

“Goud has been placed under arrest and would be produced before an ACB court in Nellore on Thursday,” Mr. Santho said.

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