Another accused in Kessara graft case in Telangana commits suicide

South India
Typography

78-year-old K Dharma Reddy, whose body was found hanging from a tree in Kushaiguda area, was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) after the Tahsildar E Balraju Nagaraju (47) was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs.1.10 crore.

In yet another twist in the Keesara graft case in Telangana relating to a land deal involving millions of rupees, another accused was found dead late night on Saturday, November 7, a few days after he was released from jail on conditional bail.

78-year-old K Dharma Reddy, whose body was found hanging from a tree in Kushaiguda area, was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) after the Tahsildar E Balraju Nagaraju (47) was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs.1.10 crore.

He was a farmer in Rampally village under Keesara police limits. His son K Srikanth Reddy was also arrested in connection with the case and is lodged in jail now.

The tahsildar had allegedly committed suicide in Chanchalguda prison last month even as the investigation is going. Family members of Dharma Reddy said that he was found depressed after he came out of jail 10 days ago.

Nagaraju was caught red-handed by the ACB officials for accepting bribe for showing official favour to clear a farmland issue. According to police, the ACB officials found that Nagaraju had issued passbooks illegally to Dharma Reddy with regards to 25 acres of land, following which Dharma Reddy, his son and three others were arrested.

He was a farmer in Rampally village under Keesara police limits. His son K Srikanth Reddy was also arrested in connection with the case and is lodged in jail now.

The ACB officials said Nagaraju had demanded a bribe of Rs.2 crore to clear an issue pertaining to the land falling in Rampally Dayara village of Keesara block on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Along with Nagaraju, the ACB arrested property dealer Ch Srinath, another realtor K Anji Reddy, and Keesara village reveenue assistant S Sai Raj under Prevention of Corruption Act. Nagaraj had joined the revenue department 15 years ago, according to Bangalore Mirror.

Image Credit: News Minute

All Comments