The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday arrested R. Gunaseelan, Member, Dental Council of India and president, Tamil Nadu Dental Council, on charges of corruption.
Bribe amounts to the tune of Rs.75 lakh, allegedly accepted by Dr. Gunaseelan, the State Government’s nominee in both the bodies, from various dental colleges and entrusted with a financier, were seized, agency sources said on Friday.
The allegation is that the accused accepted bribes from the management of dental colleges for arranging approvals to postgraduate courses, enhancement of seats and renewal of recognition etc.
Searches were conducted on the premises of Dr. Gunaseelan following the arrest of S. Murukesan, another DCI member, who was arrested by the CBI on charges of taking a Rs. 25-lakh bribe from a private dental college in Kancheepuram district on January 7.
“The duo took bribes for organising different approvals by the DCI…they had a say in the executive committee that takes decisions on such approvals. It was on the disclosure of Dr. Gunaseelan that we seized Rs. 75 lakh from a financier,” a senior investigator said.
Dr. Gunaseelan was produced on Friday before Principal Judge of CBI Special Court, L. Yousuf Ali, who remanded him to judicial custody until February 1.
The Judge dismissed the bail petitions.
Meanwhile the CBI Special Court also dismissed bail petitions of four others, including Dr. Murukesan, who have been arrested in connection with the scam.