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This RTO officer owns 13 houses, 60 kg silver, 1 kg gold, Rs. 20 lakh cash, and more Pictured: Silver barsFlickr

A raid at the house of a road transport officer (RTO) in Andhra Pradesh on Monday led to the recovery of one kg gold, 60 kg silver, Rs 20 lakh cash and documents related to 15 properties.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) took action against N Purnachandra Rao in Nellore district over growing accusations of corruption.

Further scrutiny of the documents revealed that Rao owns nearly 10 flats, while the rest of the properties are owned by his family members, the Hindu reported. The ACB also raided the houses of Rao's sister Chirala and his friends in Addanki. There they found documents related to a shop in Gandhi Market and a flat.

A room full of silver items weighing 60 kg, one kg of gold articles and Rs 20 lakh in cash was found during the raid.

Rao, 55, started his career as a motor vehicle inspector in 1981. Later, he worked at Road Transport Offices (RTOs) in Guntur, Ongole and Nellore.

Rao's immovable assets include seven apartments, two houses and a mill to process pulses in Vinukonda, a house in Guntur, two flats in Hyderabad and Vijayawada each.

Rao claimed that his possessions are worth around Rs 3 crore. However, the ACB officials in Guntur said that the assets' worth is not less than Rs 25 crore.

"These are just some of the assets, we might get more," Devanand Santho, an officer of the Anti-Corruption Branch, was quoted as saying by NDTV.

"The officer came under the scanner after complaints alleging corruption were filed against him," he added.

Rao, who hails from Vinukonda in Guntur district, currently lives in Kothapet with his family. On the basis of the recovery, a case has been filed against Rao by the ACB.

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