Cyberspace is fast turning out to be a critical area for people to take up the fight against corruption and drumming up support in favour of corruption-busters as in the case of a senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer in Andhra Pradesh, K Srinivas Reddy, who was unceremoniously moved out of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) after he unearthed a massive liquor syndicate scam.
Ever since the Congress government shifted him from the ACB to the virtually defunct post of Inspector General, Coastal Security Wing, this 1994 batch IPS officer has become a symbol of the fight against corruption.
As the chief of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of ACB, Reddy led the drive against the powerful liquor syndicate and exposed its nexus with politicians, police and the media.
Political compulsions, however, forced the government to transfer him. Now, the social media has taken up his cause. A Facebook page — ‘Support Anti-Corruption Officer K Srinivas Reddy’ — has been created by his admirers.
The page already started receiving a large number of hits. Several Facebook users pledged support for the campaign against corruption and pleaded for retaining honest and upright officers like Srinivas Reddy in key positions to help eradicate the menace of corruption.
Though a delegation of the opposition parties asked Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy not to succumb to political pressure, he had ordered the transfer of official, apparently under pressure from the central leadership.
The decision was widely seen as a move to “pacify” the state Congress President B Satyanarayana whose name had prominently figured in the scandal covering illegal liquor trade.
Satyanarayana, who has a running feud with the chief minister, had complained to the party high command that the ACB was deliberately targeting him to defame him and his family at the instance of the chief minister.
Political observers say that the official has been made a “scapegoat” in the interests of a “temporary truce” in the political battle between chief minister and the PCC Chief.