Officials of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption wing arrested an Assistant Director in the Department of Geology and Mining here on Wednesday on the charge of accepting a bribe of Rs.1 lakh for granting licence to a blue metal quarry.

According to DVAC sources, Prabhu (28) of K. Paramathi in Karur district had on November 22 last year applied to the Department of Geology and Mining here, seeking permission to start a blue metal quarry on his patta land. Assistant Director (Mines) C. Ravichandran inspected that site last Monday.

In his complaint, Prabhu claimed that the Assistant Director and Special Revenue Inspector (Mines) Poyyamozhi (52) had demanded Rs.1.5 lakh for granting permission to start the quarry.

Based on his complaint to the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, R.M. Ambikapathy in Tiruchi, a trap was laid to nab the official.

On Wednesday, Prabhu gave Rs.1 lakh to a broker, Murugesan (42) and when he passed on the money to the official, DVAC sleuths arrested the Assistant Director, the Special Revenue Inspector and the broker at the Collector's office itself.

Later, his office was searched.

The three were produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate N. Uma Maheswari, who remanded them to judicial custody.

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