The Anti-Corruption Bureau raided residences and offices of liquor syndicate owners across Andhra Pradesh today and registered 22 cases relating to the fraud committed in auction of liquor shops in various Districts. An ACB release from Director General B Prasada Rao said the investigation revealed few liquor syndicate people used the names of poor white card holders, invested crores as earnest money deposit and obtained licences of A4 wine shops by subverting the legal process and ran the liquor trade in collusion with officials. The ACB arrested 20 persons in this connection. They would be produced for judicial custody before the concerned Spl Judges for ACB Cases, the release said. Meanwhile a report from Kakinada said similar raids were conducted and Mamidala Venkatesh, President, of the syndicate, was taken into custody.
Records pertaining to the liquor shops auctions and the money transactions were seized.