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Nagaraju murder case: IAS officer says police demanded Rs 2-cr bribe

IAS officer Dharavat Venkateshwara Rao, who was in police custody in connection with driver Nagaraju murder case, has alleged that the police framed him with false allegations for refusing to pay Rs 2 crore bribe.

Venkateshwara Rao was named accused No 2 in the case. Presently, he was undergoing treatment in a Hospital. The IAS officer suffered heart attack on Tuesday night when the police arrested him and was shifted to hospital. The police sent Venkateshwarlu’s son Sukruth to the remand.

Speaking to the media at Hospital, Venkateshwarlu alleged that one can imagine the situation of the common man in the state as the police arrested an IAS officer. He said that the police framed false charges against him though he has no link with the driver Nagaraju murder case. He lamented that there was a corrupt conspiracy behind the murder case. He said that the Punjagutta CI mounted pressure on him stating that they will clear the case in case he gives Rs 2 crore. He said the police framed charges and arrested him in the case as he refused to give Rs.2crore.

On the other hand, West Zone DCP Venkateshwara Rao has said he was condemning the allegations made by the IAS officer. He said Venkateshwarlu’s son Sukruth was the main culprit and made it clear that they arrested Venkateshwarlu only after collecting all evidences and interrogating him thoroughly. He said Venkateshwarlu was also a culprit in the murder of Nagaraju. DCP said that action will be taken against Venkateshwarlu for making baseless allegations against the police. (NSS)