HYDERABAD: An inspector of police working with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has sent a legal notice to his superior K Sreenivasa Reddy, additional director of ACB, alleging that the latter had abused him in a filthy language.
The inspector, MV Ganesh, working in ACB Vizianagaram range, sought an unconditional apology in writing from Reddy and Rs 10 lakh as damages within the next seven days.
The reason behind the alleged abuse by the senior IPS officer was liquor shops reportedly owned by the family members of transport minister Botcha Satyanarayana.
The inspector’s lawyer, LS Naidu, in the legal notice, said Ganesh was asked to make some confidential enquiries with regard to the names and financial status of the license holders of liquor shops in Vizianagaram district in connection with the ongoing probe into liquor syndicates.
While Sreenivasa Reddy headed the special investigation team (SIT) formed to probe the matter, Ganesh was part of it.Naidu said Ganesh had conducted the enquiry, prepared a list naming some of the licence holders and on the directions of the IPS officer, flew down to Hyderabad on March 26 and met him in the presence of DSP N Venkateswara Rao and inspector Ramakrishna of Visakhapatnam range.
“When Ganesh showed him the list, the officer turned furious and began shouting, saying that Botcha Satyanarayana and his family members are real owners of majority of wine shops in Vizianagaram and he (Ganesh) wantonly omitted their names. Reddy said inspector was won over by minister,” Naidu said in the notice.
He said though Ganesh told him that he did his work honestly, Sreenivasa Reddy allegedly abused him in the most filthy language. Naidu said after Ganesh left the officer’s chamber, the latter once again called and threatened him.
Seeking an unconditional written apology and Rs 10 lakh as damages, Naidu said that failing to do so would leave his client with no option but to launch civil and criminal legal action in the court.