ACB raids reveal RTA officer’s wealth

  • 14 homes and a room full of silver

Hyderabad: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials conducted raids on a Road Transport Officer’s house and found a room full of silver items weighing around 60 kg, 1 kg of gold articles and Rs 20 lakh in cash. Besides, he is said to own at least 14 homes in different places in AP and Hyderabad.

14 homes and a room full of silver

ACB officials raided only one of his 14 houses on Monday. There could be many more in other places.

Purnachandra Rao, 55, had started his career as a Motor Vehicles Inspector in 1981. He has worked in RTA offices in Guntur, Ongole and Nellore. Presently he is working at RTA, Guntur.

Going by the assets recovered so far during his 34 years of service, he seemed to have been on a fast track to make money.

The official’s assets include seven apartments and two houses in Vinukonda, one house in Guntur, two flats in Hyderabad and Vijayawada each and a mill to process pulses in Vinukonda.

ACB officials raided the RTA officer’s home after a complaint was received alleging corruption. Rao who hails from Vinukonda in Guntur district claims the value of his assets is around 3 crores. However, ACB officials said that the market value of his assets cannot be less than Rs 25 crores.

The ACB has filed a case against him under the law for assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

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