The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau on Thursday arrested three Revenue department officials attached to a village office near here on the charge of demanding cash to “smoothen” the transfer the registry of ancestral of property in the name of one of its inheritors.

Early this week, Vamadevan, a non-resident Indian, had complained to S.S. Firoz, the Superintendent of Police, VACB, Southern Range, that the Revenue officials of the Pazhekunnumel Panchayat office in Kilimanoor taluk had demanded Rs.30,000 as bribe for mutating a two-acre plot in the name of his wife, Seetha. The VACB registered a first information report on the basis of his statement and gave Vamadevan marked currency notes to the value of Rs.20,000, and asked him to hand the money over to the Revenue officials.

The VACB arrested one Rajesh Kumar, Village Assistant, and Rafi, Village Man, when they allegedly accepted the marked notes from Vamadevan. The VACB team, acting on intelligence, also inspected the scooter of the Village Officer, one Anil Lal of Attingal. He said the investigators found Rs.25,000 in bundles ranging from Rs.3,000 to Rs 8,000 from the vehicle’s glove compartment.

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