Hyderabad: CNN-IBN's report on the Andhra Pradesh liquor scam continues to have a ripple effect across the state with the High Court on Monday asking the state government to review the transfer of K Sreenivasa Reddy from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to the Coastal Security Department.
Reddy, who was the Additional Director of ACB, had busted a liquor scam allegedly involving some top Andhra Pradesh politicians. The orders of Reddy's promotion as inspector general of police and new posting had came on April 3.
Meanwhile, the ACB has submitted its status report on the investigation in a sealed cover to the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
CNN-IBN had first reported about the liquor scam following which the Andhra Pradesh High Court had sent notices to Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, state Congress chief B Satyanarayana, Excise Minister M Venkatramana and leader of Opposition Chandrababu Naidu.
CNN-IBN had accessed documents that exposed the full extent of the liquor scam and revealed the complicity of the political class.
Reportedly, not only have excise and police officials taken bribes to allow the illegal liquor business to flourish, they also loaned money to the tune of Rs 2 crore to the mafia to carry on the trade.
The documents reveal that in Srikakulam district, between September 2010-December 2011, excise officials received bribes worth more than Rs 3.58 crore. The officials, then, re-invested Rs 2.44 crore back in the illegal liquor trade, as "loan" to wine shop owners.
Reddy, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of 1994 batch, had led to the arrest of several excise and police officials and liquor traders during the last four months.
(With additional information from IANS)