ACB registers six more cases in liquor shop autions

The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials have registered six more cases relating to the fraud committed in auction of liquor shops in Srikakulam, East Godavari, Nellore, Chittoor, Kadapa and Kurnool districts in the state. During the raids, the ACB found that most of the licence holders possessed white rations cards. In Srikakulam district, out of 232 A4 shop licence holders, 61 per cent possess white ration cards and 69 persons were from other districts, which came to light during the raids conducted at liquor shop owners, ACB said in a press release here today. In East Godavari District, out of 555 A4 shop licence holders, 365 persons possess white ration cards which is about 66 percent of the total licence holders. Forty three persons were from other districts. However, in Nellore district, out of 348 A4 shop licence holders, 151 persons possess white ration cards, about 47 per cent of the total licence holders. Twenty six persons were from other districts. In Chittoor, out of 458 A4 shop licence holders, 192 possessed white ration cards, about 49% of the total licence holders. 64 persons were from other districts. In Kadapa district, out of 269 A4 shop licence holders, 175 persons possess white ration cards and 15 from other districts while about 69 per cent of the total licence holders had white rations cards. In Kurnool district, out of 194 A4 shop licence holders, 121 persons possessed white ration cards, which is about 65 per cent of the total licence holders while 9 persons were from other districts. ‘Financially sound people owning white ration cards’ is not the focus of investigation and the irregularities will be taken care of by the district administration, the release said. ACB applied the primary filter only to initiate investigation and reach the core offenders, who obtained licences in the name of innocent people with an intention of gaining control over liquor trade in the districts. During the raids, ACB learnt that in some districts, the core offenders asked these innocent people to go on ‘pilgrimage’ and be not available for ACB investigation, the release added.