ANDHRA PRADESH

Estate officer trapped by ACB

HYDERABAD, APRIL 24. Sleuths of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) trapped B. Uppalaiah, estate officer of the Erragadda Rytu Bazar, when he allegedly accepted a bribe of Rs. 2,000 from a stall owner in the market to do an official favour.

The accused sought bribe from the complainant, a resident of Bommalaramaram of Nalgonda district, who has a stall in Rytu Bazar, for sending a favourable report to the Joint Collector to enable him continue running the stall.

The tainted amount was recovered from Uppalaiah. He was arrested and would be produced before the Special Court for ACB cases, Hyderabad.

Mild tension prevailed at the Erragadda Rytu Bazar after Uppalaiah was trapped when other stall owners and some persons allegedly engaged by the accused to collect bribes, thrashed the complainant for lodging a complaint with the ACB.

Sources said in the melee, someone snatched the complainant's gold chain worth Rs. 15,000. However, the Sanjeevareddy Nagar police arrived at the spot and brought the situation under control. The case is under investigation.

Convicted

The Principal Special Judge for ACB cases, Hyderabad, convicted and sentenced S. Varada Raju, former senior assistant in the office of the Chief Rationing officer, Hyderabad, to undergo one-year rigorous imprisonment on corruption charges.

The ACB officials had trapped Raju in 1993 when he accepted a bribe of Rs. 300 for doing an official favour.

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