Hyderabad: A man who was instructed by a Tehsildar to collect ‘bribe’ amount of Rs 5 lakh from another person, burnt the entire “bribe” money at his house to evade arrest by the Anti-Corruption Bureau. ACB officials on getting news of the bribe case reached the place of the man only to find currencies burnt down to ashes.
While 46 currency notes of ₹ 2,000 denomination (amounting to ₹ 92,000) of the total bribe amount of ₹ 5 lakh were completely burnt and the remaining notes in the denomination of ₹ 500 and few in ₹ 2,000 were partially burnt, a senior ACB official said.
The Tahsildar of Veldanda Mandal, had allegedly asked the man (a private person) to collect the bribe amount of ₹ 5 lakh at his residence from the complainant in exchange of an official favour, an ACB release said.
The official favour was to issue a No Objection Certificate (NOC) and forward it to the Mines and Geology department for the grant of a quarry lease licence to the complainant.
Based on the complaint, the ACB officials took up the investigation.