In a major development, the Anti-Corruption Bureau ( ACB ) of Visakhapatnam has registered an FIR ( First Information Report ) against a Section Head at the Directorate General of Foreign Trade ( DGFT ), Visakhapatnam, and others for their alleged involvement in a corruption scandal.
The accused is facing charges under IPC 120-B for criminal conspiracy, as well as under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 ( amended in 2018 ), specifically sections 7 and 8. The alleged offenses include criminal conspiracy, public servant obtaining undue advantage for dishonest performance of duty, and giving undue advantage to a public servant for improper performance of duty.
According to the FIR, Mr. S.V. Ranganathan, during his tenure as Section Head at DGFT, Visakhapatnam, allegedly engaged in corrupt activities between 2020 and 2023. The accusations suggest that Ranganathan obtained bribes and undue advantages from various individuals and several middlemen/touts, for matters falling under his official responsibilities. Transactions were allegedly conducted through UPI applications, with amounts being credited to Ranganathan’s and his family members’ bank accounts.
The FIR details transactions amounting to Rs. 2,78,000 from one Mr. K. Chandra Sekhar and approximately Rs. 9,00,000 from other unknown sources.
A regular case has been registered against Mr. S.V. Ranganathan, in individual and unidentified public servants & private individuals. The ACB has initiated a comprehensive investigation into the matter. The ACB’s efforts to expose and address corruption within government institutions are crucial in upholding the principles of transparency and accountability.