Anti-Corruption investigators found a huge stash of gold and silver, as well documents relating to properties.
Vijayawada/Nellore: Anti-Corruption Department sleuths on Monday unearthed huge properties collected by Nellore RTO Nerella Purnachandar Rao during simultaneous searches led at nine places through the state, including Nellore, Guntur, Ongole, and Vijayawada. ACB sleuths found the vast stash of gold and silver, besides forms relating to properties suspected to have been collected by Purnachandar Rao at his resident at Old Club road in Guntur.
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Around one kg gold, 60 kg silver, Rs 3.5 lakh in money and LIC bonds were recovered. ACB joint director Nagendra Kumar assumed properties worth Rs 3 crore were recovered so far and valuation was still on. Along with Purnachandar Rao’s home, residences of his relations and friends were also searched on information of Benami properties.
Raids were conducted at Vinukonda city of Guntur district at four places. His brother, two of his friends and his driver’s houses were investigated. The house of a family member of Purnachandar Rao was also examined at Vijayawada but nothing was found, whispered DSP Gopal Krishna. In Nellore, ACB bureaucrats led by inspector Sivakumar Reddy and a group from Kadapa raided the houses of doubted agents of the RTO, Abdur-Rahim living in Nellore and Imran at Gudur.
However, the ACB officers could not move out the search in the home of the RTO in Nellore as they found it locked. They sealed the house as well as his chamber in the transport bureau after scanning the place and eliciting information on incomplete files.