Bribe case: ACB arrests woman Tahsildar in Hyderabad

Details of her bank accounts were being verified and based on the investigation, she was arrested, ACB said.

By Author  |  Published: 11th Jul 2019  1:55 pmUpdated: 11th Jul 2019  11:55 pm

Hyderabad: Kondurg VRO Ananthaiah’s arrest by ACB officials on Wednesday was just the proverbial tip of the iceberg, as more and more skeletons started falling out of the closet immediately after his arrest. On Wednesday evening, ACB sleuths raided the office and residence of Kesampet MRO Lavanya including the residences of her husband and their relatives. A whopping hard cash of Rs 93.5 lakh along with 400 grams gold jewellery including some crucial documents pertaining to several lands were seized at her residence on Wednesday.

Ananthaiah, the conduit of Kondurg MRO, was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe from a farmer to include his name in his land records from Kesampet where Ananthaiah was previously posted as a VRO. The ACB sleuths found credible information that it was Kesampet MRO Lavanya who actually forced her subordinates to resort to malpractices in updating land records by manipulating records pertaining to rightful owners and then deleting their names from the records deliberately so that the revenue staff could make money by demanding bribes from the land owners to correct the records.

Recently, people of Kesampet mandal staged a protest against the malpractices of MRO Lavanya as one of her victim Akula Lalitha, a resident of Kesampet mandal, attempted to commit suicide by hanging from a tree branch near Shadnagar RDO’s office. She alleged that Lavanya was not registering her name in the land records though she had been in its possession for decades. However, the higher-ups turned a blind eye after Lavanya apprised them of the tenant farmers could not be made owners since it required a policy change by the government. A video of another incident which has surfaced now that of a farmer touching Lavanya’s feet pleading for justice in the presence of Shadnagar RDO at a meeting.

Following the arrest of VRO Ananthaiah, several farmers are demanding a comprehensive probe into the illelal practices of the corrupt Kondurg MRO. Both Ananthaiah and Lavanya will be produced before ACB Magistrate and that property documents found at Lavanya’s residence in Hayathnagar were being thoroughly investigated.

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