Karadu Narasimha Reddy might soon be known as the peon who didn't know when to stop.
The 55-year-old, an office attendant in the Andhra Pradesh Transport Department for the last 34 years, lived in a 3300-square-feet three-storey (ground+2) penthouse building at MV Agraharam in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore.
This after beginning his career on a salary of Rs 650 a month in the office of the Deputy Transport Commissioner of Nellore. His current total salary - around Rs 45000.
The key to his rise to riches was possibly revealed by an official who was quoted by The Indian Express as saying that Reddy "also worked as a tout and anyone who wanted to get some work done in the department had to grease his palms. No file would move without his acquiesce. He refused promotions as he was making a lot of money in the form of bribes as an attendant."
It was his desire for an 18th property in his name that finally saw Reddy ending up in the clutches of the Anti-Corruption Bureau.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau Director General RP Thakur told the The New Indian Express newspaper in Vijayawada that "Though he (Reddy) got promotion several times, he refused to take them and preferred to remain as office attender for the last 34 years."
"Reddy possesses 18 house plots, 50.36 acres of agricultural land and one G+2 house (the 3300 square feet house mentioned earlier) in a posh locality in Nellore. All the properties were registered in his name and those of the members of his family. Most of the properties have been registered in the name of his wife K Hari Priya and his mother-in-law Pulion Narayanamma," Thakur went on to tell the paper.
The ACB team also found Rs 7.70 lakh in cash, a Rs 20 lakh bank balance, two kilos of gold and LIC deposits worth over Rs 1 crore. In all, Reddy's total assets were valued to be Rs 10 crore plus.
Many kilos of gold have been found from the two bank lockers that were opened on Wednesday: