Hyderabad: Transport Department officer’s residence raided, ACB seizes properties

Hyderabad: Transport Department officer’s residence raided, ACB seizes properties

Hyderabad: Anti-Corruption Bureau raid at Transport Departments administrative officer Paidipala Ravinder uncovered illegal property worth of Rs 6 crores.

The raid was conducted on Friday at his residence in Attapur and also the residence of his relatives across the state. The raid revealed he had reportedly purchased properties on his wife’s name and sons.

According to ACB officials, Mr. Ravinder previously worked on daily wage basis in irrigation department back in 1981 at the Sriram Sagar Project site in Karimnagar until 1986. He was then promoted as an inspector.

In 1999, Mr Ravinder was transferred to the transport department as a junior assistant. He was then promoted to a senior assistant in 2008 and became an administrative officer in 2013.

According to a senior official from the ACB, he reportedly had access to all higher officials in the transport department as an administrative head office in the department.

As an administrative head, Mr Ravinder was also involved in all department’s activities for which many officials would approach him as seeking illegal favors such as postings and others.

The official said, “We suspect that he could have earned a lot of money through these illegal favours.”

The officials seized documents of a four-storey building located in Rajendranagar worth of Rs 1.35 crore, two buildings in Hanamkonda worth over Rs 13.75 lakh, a plot worth Rs 8.7 lakh, two other plots worth Rs 5.45 lakh, two cars worth Rs 12 lakh, two bikes worth Rs 1.51 lakh, one kg of gold jewellery worth Rs 15 lakh, Rs 12 lakh in cash, Rs 35 lakh in fixed deposits, Rs 3.15 lakh in bank balances, insurance premiums of Rs 1 lakh, along with electronic gadgets worth Rs 5 lakh.

The market value of these properties is nearly Rs 6 crore. The officials have arrested Mr Ravinder wo will soon be produced before the ACB court reported Deccan Chronicle.