Kumram Bheem Asifabad: Sleuths of the Anti-Corruption Bureau began inquiries into allegations of graft levelled against Chintalamanepalli Mandal Revenue Officer who offered to pay back the bribes he had collected from farmers on Thursday to carry out their work.
In-charge Adilabad ACB DSP Bhadraiah and Inspectors Prasanth and Venugopal gathered information about the bribes given by the farmers and seized some revenue documents from the office of MRO Khaza Niyazuddin. They interrogated him for a long time. They told pressmen that they would submit a report to higher officials and accordingly, action would be initiated against the revenue officer.
It is learned that the MRO extracted bribes somewhere ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 1.70 lakhs from 200 farmers belonging to 26 villages of this mandal to correct names, entering names in revenue records, registering lands, and discharging other duties. He reportedly accepted about Rs 2 crores in bribes from the farmers in the past eight months.
Shockingly, Niyazuddin confessed to taking bribes and offered to repay the amounts in the presence of policemen when scores of farmers who grilled him on learning that he was leaving office after being attached to the Collectorate of Kumram Bheem Asifabad district. He handed over a written paper, promising to give back the graft amounts to 20 farmers from different villages.
Erraboina Narsaiah, a farmer of Dabba village alleged that Tahsildar took Rs 1.70 lakh from him for registering his three acres of land on his name a few months back. He regretted that the official was harassing him by not completing the process till date. He stated that Niyazuddin assured him to repay the amount. He sought justice and action against the public servant.
Shankar, another farmer from Gudem recalled that he had given Rs 80,000 for enrolling his name on revenue records relating to a piece of land inherited from ancestors. Many other farmers lamented that they were forced to bribe the MRO for registering their properties, minor errors in their names and transferring lands on their names.
It is learned that the official was already suspended once on the charges of graft when working in Wankidi mandal.
The videos, in which farmers question the MRO and written slips given by him went viral on social media platforms. Niyazuddin drew severe criticism for abusing his official position and indulging in graft. However, a section of users of Facebook appreciated his honesty.
Tainted MRO suspended
The tainted Mandal Revenue Officer, Khaza Niyazuddin, was suspended for allegedly demanding and taking bribes for registering lands and for correcting errors in revenue records. An order to this effect was issued by Collector Sandeep Kumar Jha here on Friday.
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