ACB submits supplementary report to court on Liquor Syndicate

The Anti-Corruption Bureau today submitted a supplementaryreport to the Andhra Pradesh High Court as directed by it on the liquor syndicate scam.

In the report it was stated that former Khammam Collector Nageswara Rao, officials of various departments and liquorsyndicate traders, who were allegedly involved in the scam, were arrested.

The details of the arrest of the liquor traders who were running the outlets on beenami names were also incorporated in it, sources said. About 20 traders who were benefited with liquor shops in the guise of white ration cards in 15 districts across the state had been arrested by the CBI so far. The ACB also mentioned in the report about the issuance of notices to one Congress MLA, two TDP MlAs and other party leaders to appear before it from June 18-20 as they had allegedly taken bribes from the liquor syndicates. Lauding the Anti Corruption Bureau for promptly submitting its report on the liquor syndicates in the state, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on April 11, 2012, also directed the ACB to probe into the large number of liquor shops opened in the name of benamis in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts and submit a comprehensive report on it.

The court also suggested that the ACB sleuths take the assistance of Income Tax department in cracking the cases ofwhite ration card holders getting liquor licenses for opening shops. The court said the ACB could approach the court anytime and seek its guidance in connection with the case.