27 November, 2020

It’s Spilling Billions

An ACB probe unearths a ‘well-recorded’ network of bribery in Andhra’s liquor trade

It’s Spilling Billions

Ripple In The Tipple

  • What Liquor syndicates bribe Andhra ministers, MLAs, police, excise, health officials and media. Total annual liquor trade is about Rs 50,000 crore, 60% of it illegal.
  • How Much Bribes range from Rs 30 for a constable’s lunch to Rs 39 lakh for a minister
  • Why To turn a blind eye to illegal vends in rural areas, smuggle in non-duty-paid liquor, operate beyond set hours, allow liquor shops to function as ‘bars’
  • Loss Licensed shops obtain liquor from APBCL; of the cost, 70% goes to excise department. Illegal trade deprives exchequer of some Rs 5,000 crore per annum.
  • How The scam was unearthed by ACB with a seizure of cash from an excise department vehicle.
  • Who At least five ministers, 70 MLAs, 12 MPs said to be involved. Eight excise officials held so far.
  • Where Scam found operating in 18 districts, including...


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