Corrupt police officers are uneffected in liquor syndicate case in Warangal

The spate of arrests by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the high profile liquor scam case has so far did not result in any kind of departmental action against four DSPs, seven CIs, two ASIs, seven SIs and 20 constables, who were found to have nexus with liquor syndicates in Warangal.

This is said by the office of director general of police (DGP) in a reply to a latest Right to Information Act (RTI) query filed by city-based RTI activist and advocate M. Kishen Kumar Goud on April 19.

The previous RTI applications on liquor mafia filed by Mr Goud had coincided with the ACB arrests of police officials soon after they acted against liquor syndicate members and excise officials. This newspaper had published a news report titled RTI helps unearth liquor mafia, pointing this out on March 11. The assistant inspector general of police (administration) and the public information officer (PIO) of the DGP office, Hyderabad, replied the present RTI query filed by Mr Goud.

The ACB had listed all these police officials in their remand report submitted to the ACB court recently but the DGP office had suspended only two CIs and two DSPs named in the report.

In reply to 2/9th question — What is the action being taken against the police officials

— the DGP office says that they have already suspended two CIs namely J. Vijayasaradhi and P. Ranadheer and two DSPs namely T. Ramprasad Rao and R. Veereswara Rao.

The ACB had registered cases under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and IPC against the four officials before the DGP office took the decision to suspend them. The reply, however, skips to mention the steps the DGP office has taken or is likely to take in future against the other 40 tainted police officials including four DSPs, seven CIs, two ASIs, seven SIs and 20 constables, who were hand in glove with Warangal liquor syndicate members.

Significantly, all these tainted officials were neither arrested by the ACB so far nor were suspended by DGP office, which sources said directly violates provisions in the ‘police manual, service conduct rules, CrPc, IPC and other laws’. “As the tainted officials are still in the same district where the crime took place, there is every possibility of the accused managing witnesses and tampering with evidence,” says