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Top Andhra assembly official held for graft

Hyderabad, Feb 11 (Calcutta Tube) Andhra Pradesh assembly special secretary K. Gopalakrishna was Thursday arrested for corruption and documents of assets worth Rs.15 crore were seized from him in raids, police said.

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) conducted raids on Gopalakrishna’s residence here and other premises in Nellore and Chittoor districts.

ACB Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Shikha Goel told reporters that valuables and documents of the properties worth Rs.15 crore were recovered.

In Hyderabad alone, the official, his wife and son own as many as 33 properties, including land in prime areas.

The searches at Gopalakrishna’s residence in posh Banjara Hills neighborhood here yielded cash of Rs.12.86 lakh and foreign currency, 1.18 kg of gold, designer jewellery, and 9.4 kg of silver. An official said $1,000 American in cash were also recovered.

The accused has accounts in 10 banks. The ACB sleuths expect more recovery after opening the bank lockers.

Goel said following a complaint against Gopalakrishna three months ago, ACB had launched a probe into his assets.

However, Gopalakrishna, who started his job in the assembly as a typist in 1973, denied allegations and claimed that it was his hard earned money.

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