Two more arrested in Andhra liquor scam

The Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested a liquor syndicate leader and a former police officer from Medak district Saturday.

Published: 08th April 2012 12:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:23 PM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) today arrested two more persons including a former police inspector from the neighbouring Medak district in connection with liquor scam in Andhra Pradesh.

A liquor syndicate leader V Mohan Reddy and Inspector of Police B Somnarayan Singh who had worked in ACB were arrested and produced before Principal Special Judge Court for ACB cases here who remanded them in judicial custody till April 17.

Mohan Reddy, who has 15 wine shops in Medak, Mahaboobnagar and Ranga Reddy districts is an associate of another liquor syndicate leader Balaraj Goud, who was arrested by the ACB on April 3.

According to an ACB release, V Mohan Reddy had obtained licences for liquor shops in the name of his relatives and workers and formed syndicate in the three districts for "co-ordinating with various enforcement agencies to facilitate his illegal activities".

When the ACB conducted searches in some liquor syndicate offices in December, Inspector Somnarayan Singh had alerted Mohan Reddy about it in advance and advised him to destroy all the records maintained in the syndicate offices.

Accordingly, the liquor syndicate leader alerted his associates who maintained records in different districts which led to destruction of crucial records, the ACB release added.

ACB sleuths have been conducting raids in different districts since December last year after exposing the liquor syndicate-political-officials nexus, with the arrest of liquor syndicate led by Nunna Venkata Ramana.

ACB has also arrested several excise and police officials since March this year for their alleged links with the liquor mafia.


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