Two persons, including the Town Planning Inspector of Arakkonam Municipality, were arrested by Department of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) on Tuesday, when they accepted bribe for issuing a no-objection certificate (NOC).
M. Balasubramaniam, Deputy Superintendent of Police, DVAC, Vellore, who led the team told The-Hindu that late Thirumalai, a former employee of Arakkonam Municipality hadpurchased a house site under the Kavanur Extension Scheme, through the hire purchase scheme from the Arakkonam Municipality. Following the recent revision of the guideline value of the site by the government, the Municipality issued a notice to his son Venugopal (38), a resident of Jawahar Nagar, Arakkonam (currently employed as store-keeper in a company in Sriperumbudur) to pay up Rs.1.92 lakhs, which is the difference in the value of the land.
When Venugopal paid the amount and approached the municipality for an NOC for registering the sale deed, N. Kumaravel (46), Town Planning Inspector demanded a bribe of Rs. 4000. After bargaining, he settled for Rs. 3500. On a complaint from Venugopal, the DVAC laid a trap and arrested Dilly (56), car driver of Kumaravel when Venugopal gave the bribe amount to him.
When Dilly handed over the amount to Kumaravel, the latter too was arrested by the DVAC team.