The residence of a local Revenue Officer in Telangana's Medchal-Malkajgiri district was raided on Saturday by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials, who seized cash worth over Rs 1.1 crore. Mandal official Erva Balaraju Nagaraju, in-charge of the district's Keesara region, was caught red-handed by anti-corruption officials for taking a bride at his rented residence in the town's AS Rao Nagar area. Reports further state that three others among whom include a village officer and two real estate agents, were also arrested, with investigations and searches at the residence and officer of the tahsildar currently underway. 

Visuals showed a number of anti-corruption bureau officials covered in face masks in view of the coronavirus pandemic seated around a table with bags of currency notes. They were seen counting the cash with the help of currency counters. Each cash bundle contained hundreds of Rs 100 and Rs 500 notes, with as many as five bundles visible in one of the photographs that has since gone viral. A video taken most likely when the counting of the money bundles was going on showed a large table covered with cash.

As per reports, the tahsildar sought Rs 2 crore as a bribe to issue the pattadar passbook for a disputed 28-acres land parcel. He had apparently given an assurance to a real estate developer after an order from the High Court was given in favor of a few farmers. The tahsildar informed the concerned party that the documents would be doctored and a pattadar passbook would be issued. He added that he would see to it that a favorable order would come in their favour. It is also being stated that approximately Rs 28 lakh in cash and gold was found at his home along with land documents, with the exclusion of the Rs 1.1 crore cash.