The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is gearing up to prosecute as many as 56 government employees, including excise and police officials, in the liquor scam.
It may be mentioned here that the ACB got enough evidence pertaining to the involvement of several excise and police officials in the liquor scam which came to light last year.
It had sent a list of officials who received bribes from the liquor syndicate, to the government seeking permission to prosecute them.
The government has given a free hand to the ACB to prosecute the officials after probing their role in the liquor scam further.
The ACB district officials are planning to remand 42 accused initially, including 26 excise inspectors and 13 police inspectors (law and order).
In the ACB raids conducted last year, two liquor syndicate members and three excise staffers were arrested.
Three cases were registered against the officials who issued licences to syndicate members to run liquor shops on benami names after accepting bribes.
The arrested included CI Mallikharjuna Rao.