In a major effort to flush out white card holders who were used as ‘benamis' during auction of liquor shops, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday requested the depot managers of A.P.Beverages Corporation Limited (APBCL) to stop issuing stocks to over a hundred shops in Guntur and Khammam districts.
The ACB insisted that the original licence holders turn up at the depots to lift the stocks instead of entrusting it to ‘naukarnama' holders. Presently, the shops are allowed to have three to four ‘naukarnama' holders on behalf of licencees to present the cheques and take stock of the material.
The ACB request covered 93 shops in Guntur, Tenali and Narsaraopet divisions of Guntur and 13 in Wyra division of Khammam district. The crackdown has given a severe jolt to liquor traders in Guntur who were expecting to make big business in the run-up to the by-elections in Prathipadu and Macherla Assembly constituencies.
Incidentally, Tenali division includes the mandals of Repalle and Nizampatnam which form part of the constituency represented by Excise Minister Mopidevi Venkataramana Rao.In Khammam, the ACB served a similar notice on APBCL officials in respect of the depot at Wyra. They were asked to stop supply of liquor to a total of 13 liquor outlets in the division.
The ACB has detected that 172 of the 202 shop owners in the Vizianagaram district were white card holders.
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