Encouraged by the directives of the AP High Court in the liquor scam probe, the ACB has booked six more cases against liquor syndicates in several districts. They pertain to frauds committed in the auction of liquor shops.
The probe revealed that, to avoid being quizzed by the ACB, the main offenders have pressurised those in whose names the liquor licences were issued, who are white ration card holders, to go on pilgrimage.
Village elders to counsel the ‘benamis’: ACB
Sources said, in order to avoid being grilled, the liquor syndicate kingpins are providing the benamis with tickets and other facilities and forcing them to leave their home towns to visit pilgrim centres.