ELUGU:Three employees of the Penugonda panchayat were trapped by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) while accepting a bribe of Rs 5000 from a person on Monday.According to the ACB officials, Penugonda panchayat secretary Peeta Vasantha Rao demanded Rs 5000 to sanction house plan of Gedda Ruthamma of Penugonda.
He has been delaying the issuance of permission on some pretext or the other for the last few months. When Ruthamma’s brother Venkateswara Rao approached Vasanth Rao, he demanded Rs 5000 and directed him to hand over the amount to V Satyanarayana, a retired employee. Rao approached the ACB, who laid a trap. On Monday, when the money was given to Satyanarayana, he in turn deposited it with record assistant C Rama Rao.
At that instant, the ACB sleuths raided and seized the amount. ACB DSP K Rajendra and CI UJ Wilson arrested the secretary and the other two employees on charges of taking a bribe. They were shifted to Eluru and will be produced before the ACB court at Vijayawada on Tuesday.