Special Officer of Tirupati Devasthanam transferred

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Government today transferred a special officer of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam for allegedly being involved in the temple's ticket scam.

A V Dharma Reddy, an Indian Defence Estate Service (IDES) officer, has now been posted as Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Information Commission in Hyderabad, a Government Order issued by state Chief Secretary S V Prasad stated.

The employees' unions of the TTD have been demanding the transfer of Dharma Reddy for past few days following the alleged suicide of Suresh, a TTD employee.

The union leaders alleged that Suresh committed suicide after being unable to bear the harassment by Dharma Reddy.

Alleging that Dharma Reddy was involved in the 'Arjita Seva' ticket scam and also in the suicide of Suresh, the employees' union leaders demanded that the officer be repatriated to his parent department.

Dharma Reddy, however, denied the allegations and insisted that he had nothing to do with Suresh's suicide.

Significantly, the transfer of Dharma Reddy came hours after the Specified Authority, to run the TTD, assumed office today.