Anti-corruption bureau officials in Telangana have seized cash worth over ₹ 1.1 crore from the residence of a local revenue officer in the state’s Medchal-Malkajgiri district.
Mandal official Erva Balaraju Nagaraju, in-charge of the district’s Keesara region, was reportedly caught accepting a bribe at his rented residence in the town’s AS Rao Nagar.
Three others, including a village officer and two real estate agents, were also arrested. Further searches of his residence and the office of a tehsildar are ongoing.
In shocking visuals, a handful of ACB (anti-corruption bureau) officials, some of whom are wearing face masks because of rules in place during the Covid pandemic, are seen seated around a table sorting through multiple bundles of bank notes with the help of currency counters.
Each bundle appears to contain hundreds of ₹ 100 or ₹ 500 notes.
There are at least five bundles visible in one of the photographs, with a blue duffel bag seen filled with more such bundles. In a video, presumably taken after the counting, a large table covered with mountains of cash can be seen.
According to the officials, Mr Nagaraju allegedly demanded a bribe of ₹ 2 crore to settle a dispute over 28 acres of land in his jurisdiction.
Sources said that apart from the ₹ 1.1 crore, a further ₹ 28 lakh in cash and gold was also found at his home. Land documents were also recovered.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, or KCR, has spoken about radical reforms in the state’s revenue department following multiple allegations of corruption.