Bribe-for-bail case: Anti Corruption Bureau to seek city judge’s income tax returns in Telangana

State Anti Corruption Bureau officials, who are investigating the bribe-for-bail case in which Nampally first additional metropolitan sessions court judge S Radhakrishna Murthy and two advocates Srini

Published: 16th April 2018 03:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th April 2018 03:46 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: State Anti Corruption Bureau officials, who are investigating the bribe-for-bail case in which Nampally first additional metropolitan sessions court judge S Radhakrishna Murthy and two advocates Srinivas Rao and Satish Kumar were arrested, are likely to write to income tax officials seeking IT returns of the judge with regard to his assets that were seized in the raids.

File photo of
S Radhakrishna Murthy

ACB officials seized properties such as sale deeds pertaining to 13 house plots in the city and on the outskirts, two agricultural lands at Toopran and Shamirpet and a three-storeyed house at Alwal; documents relating to two four-wheelers and two two-wheelers; 33 tolas of gold, Rs 50,000 in cash and one bank locker key. The total worth of seized assets is `3 crore as per a preliminary estimate by the bureau.

Sources said that the investigators would write to the income tax department officials seeking information on the IT returns filed by Murthy and his family members.

“We want to seek information about the IT returns of the accused including the judge and the two advocates to verify their legal properties.

IT department’s information will help us file affidavits before the court for legal trial and proper prosecution,’’ the sources said.

Meanwhile, special teams have been formed to scrutinise the money transactions of the accused to find out if the accused indulged in any illegal activities such as running any benami business.

ACB officials, who found the key of Murthy’s bank locker, are likely to open the locker as part of the investigation.

“Radhakrisna Murthy had earlier served as second additional metropolitan sessions judge, Hyderabad.
He was transferred to first additional metropolitan sessions court and he is also in charge of the court of second additional metropolitan sessions judge and third additional metropolitan sessions judge.

As the arrested judge is taking care of three courts, the agency is trying to get information from the staff of the three courts about visitors who allegedly met the judge,’’ the sources added.

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