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The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) today apprehended a Section Officer in the Secretariat here while he was allegedly receiving Rs 50,000 in illegal gratification from a businessman.
This is the first 'trap' case in Andhra Pradesh Government's Transitional Headquarters at Velagapudi here.
Based on a complaint filed by a Gujarati businessman, the ACB sleuths laid a trap and apprehended Section Officer K Srinath, posted in the Home Department, after he received Rs 50,000 from the former this evening, officials said.
Interestingly, the bribe amount was in now scrapped Rs 500 denomination notes.
The businessman, Santan Ganguly, who runs a private security agency, said he applied for a licence to open a shop in Andhra Pradesh and his file was kept pending since March last.
He alleged the Section Officer demanded Rs 50,000 as illegal gratification to clear the file. Ganguly said he alerted the ACB, which laid the trap.
ACB Deputy Superintendents of Police Gopala Krishna (Vijayawada) and D Santo (Guntur) supervised the raid.
"The investigation is on. We are also conducting searches in Srinath's house for details of his properties," they said.