The Hush Post |02:00 pm| two-minute-read
A judge in Telangana’s Ranga Reddy district court was arrested on Thursday. He was arrested for possessing assets disproportionate to his income. The state anti-corruption bureau conducted a series of raids at his residence in Hyderabad.
The raids began on Wednesday morning went till the early hours of Thursday.
Hyderabad Police produced V Vara Prasad, 14th additional magistrate in Ranga Reddy district court at LB Nagar. He was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days. He was taken to Chanchalguda jail immediately.
“The market value of judge’s assets found in his possession is more than Rs 3 crore,” the bureau said in a statement.
The searches took place simultaneously in Telangana and Maharashtra. Raids were also conducted at the houses of his relatives and associates at four places in Hyderabad, three places in Sircilla and two in Maharashtra.
The high court had earlier issued orders to the anti- corruption bureau to register a case of disproportionate assets case against him.
Four judges suspended earlier for corruption
Prasad is the fifth judge in Telangana to face the ACB probe in the disproportionate assets case this year.
In April, a district judge in Mahbubnagar Kolla Ranga Rao was suspended. In the same month, the high court suspended metropolitan sessions court judge S Radhakrishna Murthy in Hyderabad.
Another junior civil judge S Madhu in Jagitial district court was also suspended following complaints of accepting bribes. In March, judge M Gandhi of a labour court in Hyderabad was suspended following ACB raids on his house.