CBI says Andhra leaked secret info on arresting corrupt officials

Amaravati: The CBI has taken a strong exception to the Andhra Pradesh government denying permission to carry out raids in a corruption case and leaking a confidential letter relating to it. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) also found fault with the state using its anti-corruption agency to trap a central government employee. The central agency has accused Andhra Pradesh Home Secretary of non-cooperation and of sharing confidential inputs provided by CBI with others.

The CBI issued a strong-worded statement late Friday night, hours after Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) trapped a central government official in Krishna district while he was allegedly receiving bribe from a trader. This is the first confrontation between the CBI and the Andhra Pradesh government since the latter’s controversial order withdrawing general consent to the central agency to carry out raids and investigations into corruption cases in the state. In an order issued last month, the state government vested the powers of the CBI in the state with the ACB.

However, the state anti-graft agency claimed that the complainant had directly approached it. M.K. Ramaneswar, working as superintendent in Central Tax and Central Excise (Central Board of Indirect Taxes) at Machilipatnam in Krishna district was caught red handed while accepting Rs 30,000 bribe from A.K. Lokesh Babu, a steel and cement trader.

“This is the first case on Central Government employees by ACB, AP after withdrawn the ‘general consent’ to CBI for registration and investigation of cases against central employees as per section 6(a) of Delhi Police Special EstablishmentA Act”, stated the ACB director general in a statement.

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