Vijayawada: Senior IPS officer AB Venkateswara Rao has been suspended again for influencing witnesses in a surveillance equipment scam.
Chief Secretary Sameer Sharma placed the former Intelligence Chief under suspension under Subrule (3) of the All Indian Service (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969. Further, dismissal from the service of AB . Venkateswara Rao, IPS, was also recommended.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is already investigating his role in the illegal purchase of surveillance equipment.
There were allegations that the IPS officer tried to influence the witnesses.
Two weeks ago, the state government appointed senior IPS officer and former intelligence chief AB Venkateswara Rao as Commissioner for Printing, Stationery and Stores Procurement.
Rao was suspended on February 7, 2020 for corruption in the purchase of security equipment while working as the police’s additional director general, intelligence.
The then additional director general of police, Intelligence, hatched a criminal plot with others and formed a company, M/s. Akasam Advanced Systems from taking unfair advantage. He would have unilaterally modified, reduced the technical specifications and the warranty period of the offer and sent several communications, and would have thus insisted on obtaining the equipment.
To also profit from these purchases, Rao is said to have credited Rs. 35 lakhs to M/s’ Akasam Advanced Systems Ltd. account, to promote the products of the private company M/s. RT Inflatable Object Cover. / Ms. RT LTA Systems Lid., Israel to India, without informing the government.
In this case, the state government ordered the CID to investigate the matter. A case was registered against him in March 2021 under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the ICC. He was then suspended. He got his suspension revoked in April and was reinstated in June 2022.