Nizamabad: Village Secretary and VRA arrested by ACB

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Nizamabad: Village Secretary and Village Revenue Assistant (VRA) were caught red handed by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials in Nizamabad district, while accepting Rs 40,000 bribe from a person to issue house building permission.

Puppalapalli village resident Prashanth purchased an open plot at Jakranpally mandal headquarters in 2016 and went to Gulf in search of livelihood. Prashanth recently returned to India and decided to build a house at Jakranpally mandal headquarters and went to Village Secretary Ramana Swamy seeking permission for house construction. But swamy demanded Rs 50,000 in bribe to issue permission.

Prashanth was disappointed with the behaviour of the official and approached ACB officials. On the basis of his complaint, ACB officials hatched a plan.

According to ACB DSP Prathap Kumar, Jakranpally Village Secretary Ramana Swamy asked Rs 50,000 as bribe but agreed to grant permission for Rs 40,000. Swamy told Prashanth that the amount should be given to VRA Srinivas.

Prashanth gave the bribe amount of Rs 40,000 to VRA Srinivas on Monday night. After that Srinivas handed over the amount to Swamy at Jakranpally bus stand. After Swamy accepted the amount ACB officials arrested the Village Secretary as well as the VRA, and registered a case. ACB Inspectors, Pavan and Shiva Kumar took part in the operation.