A government official from the Indian state of Telangana has been caught out after writing to ask for 300 complimentary tickets to the Indian Premier League (IPL) final, which took place on Sunday.

K Pradeep Rao, the district prohibition and excise officer of Medchal-Malkajgiri District, penned a letter to the chief executive of the Hyderabad Cricket Association seeking 50 complimentary corporate box and 250 other privilege passes to be given to “higher authorities”.

The letter read, according to NDTV: “Kind attention is invited to the subject cited and requesting to provide (300) IPL cricket match tickets for the upcoming final match to be held on 12-05-2019 so as to provide the same to the higher authorities of the department.”

The Mumbai Indians beat the Chennai Super Kings in the final in Hyderabad on Sunday night.

Somesh Kumar, special chief secretary of commercial taxes and excise, said the government took a “serious view” of the letter written by his department official.

He told the Press Trust of India: “This official wrote a letter (for tickets). We have taken basically a serious view. As a first step we are issuing a charge memo (to him) and further action will follow.”

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