ACB sleuths raid on transport office, Rs 3.12 lakh cash seized
Tirupati: Sleuths of Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) raided the Regional Transport Office here on Monday evening and seized the unaccounted cash to the...
Tirupati: Sleuths of Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) raided the Regional Transport Office here on Monday evening and seized the unaccounted cash to the tune of Rs. 3.12 lakh. They also detained 15 unauthorized agents working inside the office and questioned the Administrative Officer, Rawoof. On a tip-off, the ACB sleuths made a surprise raid on the RTO office and found the unaccounted cash of Rs. 3,12,300.A Rawoof failed to prove relevant details regarding the money. The Regional Transport Officer, Prasad, was out of station during the raid.A The ACB officials also found movements of unauthorized agents/brokers inside the officer during the raid and were detained as there was no specific reason for their presence inside the office. Speaking to media persons, Lakshmikanth Reddy, Deputy Superintendent of Police (ACB) said that they had verified all the transactions from the counters, but nobody claimed about the uncounted money. More than one lakh rupees were found from single counter and after all the preliminary investigation they have came to a conclusion that the RTO staff is collecting more money than the prescribed amount and was receiving bribe from customers to get the work done, he added. Lakshmikanth Reddy said they would send a detailed report to Director General of ACB and to file cases against 15 unauthorized brokers. On every day, about 70 persons are applying for Learning Driving Licenses and more than 50 persons visit the office for the registration of their new motor cycles while a good number of customers come here for the renewal of fitness certificates of vehicles. There were lot of complaints about the involvement of brokers and hidden support to them from RTO staff. Customers are forced to go through private driving institutes to apply for LLR or to get permanent driving licenses. One of the ACB officials expressed his wonder that the unaccounted money was about Rs. 3.12 lakh for just five hours of office transactions; anyone can imagine the severity of illegal and corrupted practices at this office. It is open secret that the people can return to home by approaching brokers or agents rather than approaching directly at the office. The presence of 15 unauthorized persons inside the office proved the general perception of local people. In Tirupati RTO's office, the brokers can influence the Transport staff and can direct them for whom the driving license can be issued and to whom it should not be issued. ACB Inspector Rama Kishore and few other officials took part in the raid.