VISAKHAPATNAM: Yet another government official landed behind the bars Wednesday after the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials raided his houses and that of his relatives in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts.
Shockingly, the official was caught with assets to the tune of Rs 10 crore of market value and the count is still on. The official was identified as D Sekhar, Visakha Urban deputy tahsildar.
A total of nine teams of ACB simultaneously raided the residence of Sekhar in the city and his relatives’ houses in Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts. According to ACB-Visakhapatnam DSP K Ramakrishna Prasad, Sekhar’s total assets include a G +3 guest house at Visalakshinagar, a luxury flat at Akkayyapalem, house sites at Raivada and Vizianagaram town, commercial complex at Dabagardens and few other places in the city, house sites at few other areas, Rs 2.5 lakh in cash, 200g of gold, 7 kg of silver ornaments and some ornaments in a private bank locker.
So far, the ACB sleuths unearthed property worth over Rs 10 crore, though evaluation of Sekhar’s property is still on. A case has been registered under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the DSP added.
Sources said that Sekhar joined the revenue department as a typist, many years ago, and is performing the duties of a deputy tahsildar-Visakha Urban presently, where allegations of involvement in various corruption practices have been levelled against him.
The DSP mentioned that there are some assets in the name of Sekhar’s wife and relatives, and they are investigating the case from all angles to find out the exact amount of illegal assets.