The Andhra Pradesh HC on Monday sought to know if the state government can reconsider the transfer K Sreenivasa Reddy,who was heading the SIT of the Anti-Corruption Bureau probing irregularities in liquor sales. Reddy was transferred on April 7 to Coastal Security. The SIT he was heading at that time busted the liquor syndicates in the state.
His transfer was opposed by opposition parties which accused the government of trying to derail the probe as many politicians,police and excise officers were allegedly involved. Shobha Devi,a former MLA,filed a petition requesting the HC to direct the government to roll back Reddys transfer order.
After the ACB submitted a report on the status of its investigation into the liquor syndicates,the court directed the agency to submit its final report on June 11. The HC asked the ACB to tie up with Income-Tax department and investigate individuals who purchased permits during auctions for liquor shops,and how they mobilised huge funds needed to buy the permits. Alongside,the HC took up the petition filed against Reddys transfer and asked the government to inform it of its decision by April 27.