GHMC Assistant City Planning officer arrested for unearths assets worth Rs 10 crores


HYDERABAD: On Friday the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials arrested GHMC Assistant City Planning officer for supposedly possessing unlawful assets worth Rs 10 crore disproportionate to his known sources of income. The bank lockers of the official are yet to be opened. ACB sleuths conducted simultaneous investigation on GHMC assistant city planner (ACP). On Friday  Santosh Venu's houses discovered disproportionate assets (DA) worth Rs 10 crore.

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During the investigation at the residences of Santosh Venu, his relatives and associates' houses, ACB unearthed a 3BHK house and seven flats at Narayanaguda, a G+3 house at DD colony, a G+3 house at Gudi Malkapur, a flat at Himayathnagar, a flat at Erragadda, a Maruti Swift Dzire car, a Maruti SX4 car, a Suzuki Access scooter, Rs 3.5 lakh cash, 70 tolas gold, Rs 10.5 lakh worth household articles and Rs 4 lakh bank balance. The accused official has been arrested and will be produced previous to the ACB court. An ACB officer has also further conveyed that, as per account the value of the properties is regarding Rs 4 crore. The market value of the properties is approximately Rs 10 crore. During the investigation, the ACB representatives established a photo album in which they noticed a photo of the accused official’s daughter  wearing huge gold ornaments.

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Based on the pictures, the representatives asked the accused whether it was real gold or simulation gold. Venu reportedly replied that his daughter wore imitation gold for the purpose of photo shoot. Doubting his version, the officials conducted thorough investigation and opened another almirah in which huge gold ornaments were kept. All ornaments were detained. Venu claimed that all his assets belong to his family members and parents and were not illegally earned. He has also further conveyed that, as I am a sincere officer, some persons bore grudge next to me and are trying to malign my career. ACB officials registered a case of disproportionate assets and will produce him before court.