Hyderabad, July 12: In a major development, Telangana's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has recovered Rs 93.5 lakh cash and 400 grams gold from a woman government official. The money and gold were recovered from the residence of V Lavanya, a tehsildar or mandal revenue officer (MRO) of Keshampet in Ranga Reddy district, in Hyderabad's Hayathnagar. Karnataka ACB Conducts Raids at 17 Locations of Five Government Officials.
The raids were carried out after a Village Revenue Officer (VRO) Anantaya was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 4 lakh from a farmer for correcting records. The farmer was allegedly told to pay Rs 8 lakh, of which Rs 3 lakh was for VRO and Rs 5 lakh was allegedly for MRO.
The ACB officials then raided Lavanya's home and recovered wads of cash in denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 2000. Ironically, Lavanya was awarded Best Tehsildar award by the Telangana government. Her husband Venkatesh Nayak is said to be superintendent with the Greater Hyderabad municipal administration.
Earlier, a video went viral, showing a farmer begging at the feet of Lavanya. The farmer seen in the video is identified as Bhaskar from whom Anantaya had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 30,000 to hand over his passbook.