Telangana’s anti-corruption bureau has confiscated Rs 93.5 lakh and 400 grams of gold from the home of V.Lavanya, a tehsildar or Mandal Revenue Officer (MRO) at Keshampet in Ranga Reddy district of Telangana. The cash and gold were recovered from her home in Hyderabad’s Hayathnagar.

The raids were made after a Village Revenue Officer (VRO) Antaiah was caught on camera accepting Rs 4 lakh as bribe from a farmer for correcting land records. The farmer was allegedly told to pay Rs 8 lakh, of which Rs 5 lakh was for MRO and Rs 3 lakh for the VRO.

After he got the amount, the VPO reportedly informed the MRO. Acting on the video, ACB personnel questioned and detained the officer. The officer denied the accusations after which the ACB teams raided her home. In the meantime a video has gone viral of a farmer falling at the feet of Lavanya, asking for his request to be heeded.

The farmer name is said to be Bhaskar from whom the VRO had allegedly demanded and taken Rs 30,000 to hand over his passbook.

When errors were found in the records of Bhaskar, he was asked to pay lakhs in bribe to get it corrected. After the demand, he contacted the ACB.

Lavanya was given the award of Best Tehsildar two years ago by the Telangana government. Her husband is said to be a superintendent with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

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