An office attendant at the Andhra Pradesh Transport Department who had allegedly amassed property worth more than Rs 10 crore was on Tuesday arrested in Nellore by the Central Investigation Unit of the state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
K Narasimha Reddy (55), who was working at the office of the Nellore Deputy Transport Commissioner as office subordinate cum attendant, earning less than Rs 40,000 per month, drew the attention of ACB officers when he recently purchased his 18th plot of land. An enthusiast of hand-crafted silver ornaments, Reddy had first come under scrutiny after he placed orders for dozens of silver items weighing more than 7 kg, and purchased gold ornaments from showrooms at Vijayawada.
Officers who raided Reddy’s house in Nellore City on Tuesday recovered property documents of 18 plots which were registered under his name and of his wife and relatives. Officials also recovered Rs 7.70 lakh in cash, Rs 20 lakh in bank accounts, 2 kg gold ornaments, deposits in LIC of more than Rs 1 crore, and more than 50 acres of agricultural land. All the residential plots he purchased were of over 250 sq yards.
“Narasimha Reddy had joined government service on October 22, 1984 as an attendant for a salary of Rs 650 per month and has been working for the last 34 years in the same Office of Deputy Transport Commissioner, Nellore. He also worked as a tout and anyone who wanted to get some work done in the department had to grease his palms. No file would move without his acquiesce. He refused promotions as he was making a lot of money in the form of bribes as an attendant,’’ an official said.
Officials said Reddy started purchasing plots in Nellore Rural Mandal since 1992 and in the last ten years, he had amassed gold and silver ornaments. He lives in a 3,300 square feet two-storey plus penthouse building at M V Agraharam in Nellore city. The market value of the 18 residential plots and over 50 acres of agricultural land could be over Rs 10 crores, officials estimated.