AP liquor nexus: ACB nets nine Excise officials

Andhra Pradesh Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested nine more excise officials in Khammam district.

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Anti-Corruption
Bureau (ACB) has arrested nine more excise officials in
Khammam district on charges of "subverting" the tender process
for allotment of liquor shops for pecuniary benefits, ACB
officials said on Friday.

After "exposing" the liquor syndicate-political-officials nexus, ACB has intensified its
searches on offices of liquor syndicate and Excise department
across the state and seized documents, besides pertaining to
irregularities, registering 26 cases since December last year.

Based on leads gathered from investigation during the
crackdown on traders and officials, ACB found yet another
instance of "subversion" of auction process of liquor shops
during 2010 in Kothagudem Excise Division of Khammam district
and registered one more case yesterday, ACB officials said.

The agency arrested nine Excise officials in
connection with the case including Kothagudem excise
superintendent Y B Bhaskar Rao, assistant excise
superintendent Harikrishna Swamy and seven others, they said.

According to ACB, the arrested officials "fraudulently
and dishonestly manipulated the auction records and documents
and added names of other persons" and thus subverted the
auction process with respect to 64 shops in order to obtain
pecuniary advantage to themselves and to the persons whom they

The ACB in March first week had arrested four
officials of Excise department on charges of processing files
and playing an active role in handing over the control of
business of 16 liquor shops to the liquor syndicate led by
Nunna Venkata Ramana, who is presently under judicial custody.

The agency on March 11 also arrested seven police
officials on charges of receiving illegal gratification in
lieu of official favour to liquor mafia.


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