ACB liquor probe diluted further

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director General D. Boobathi Babu has applied for long leave in the wake of the government superseding him by posting a senior officer.

Babu was reportedly upset after the government posted APSRTC Managing Director B. Prasada Rao above him in the ACB in the reshuffle of senior police officers effected on Saturday. Rao will discharge the functions as the Director General, pushing  Babu to a junior level.

The re-organisation in the ACB higher-ups was apparently a fallout of investigations into the liquor scam in the recent past. A joint-director of ACB, K. Srinivasa Reddy, who headed the special investigation team supervising the investigation, was transferred a month ago, creating a furore in political circles.His replacement, B. Shivadhar Reddy, was subsequently not handed over the responsibility of  Reddy as the SIT head in the developments that followed.

Boobathi Babu shot off a letter to the government seeking retention of Srinivasa Reddy, but it only invited adverse reaction. The government posted another police officer, Ravi Varma, in the ACB against the wishes of Babu. Varma, who is of the rank of a DIG, has remained joint director (administration) in the ACB since then.