ACB grills Khammam politicians in liquor syndicate scam

A day after interrogating liquor syndicate leader Nunna Venkata Ramana, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths questioned three Khammam politicians in the liquor scam case at ACB’s office in Warangal on Tuesday.

Those turning up before Warangal ACB sleuths on Tuesday for questioning were Sattupalli Telugu Desam MLA Sandra Venkata Veeraiah, former MLC and CPI state secretariat member Puvvada Nageswara Rao and CPI (ML) New Democracy district secretary Potu Ranga Rao.

In his confessional statement before the ACB earlier, Nunna Venkata Ramana named the trio for accepting bribes in the liquor scam case in Khammam.

Sources said that during their separate questioning by ACB Warangal DSP Sudershan Goud Tuesday morning running for an hour each, the trio denied any links with Nunna Venkata Ramana. “I do not know Nunna Venkata Ramana. This case is politically motivated,” Mr Sandra Venkata Veeraiah told waiting media persons after his questioning by the ACB sleuths Tuesday afternoon.

In his statement to the ACB, however, Nunna Ramana claimed to have handed over Rs.3 lakh liquor money to Mr Sandra Venkata Veeraiah.

Similarly, the CPI (ML) New Democracy leader Mr Potu Ranga Rao told media persons that ‘he never asked a single rupee from anyone’ and claimed he did not know Nunna Ramana though the latter had confessed paying Rs.4.5 lakh to the former.

Interestingly, the CPI leader and former MLC Mr Puvvada Nageswara Rao termed Nunna Venkata Ramana’s statements to the ACB as ‘conflicting’.

“He (Venkata Ramana) claims to have paid Rs.3 lakh to CPI Khammam district secretary and named me. However, I quit that post 29 years ago,” he told media persons.

The ACB sleuths are now doing homework to grill Mahbubabad MLA Ms Maloth Kavita, who has been summoned by the ACB for questioning for allegedly receiving Rs.5 lakh kickbacks from the liquor syndicate run by Nunna Venkata Ramana, who claimed that the former had demanded Rs.10 lakh from his liquor syndicate.

Meanwhile, doubts are being raised whether the ACB officials would also question tainted Warangal police officials, including four DSPs, seven CIs, two ASIs, seven SIs and 20 constables figuring in their remand report.