J. Antony Raj (47), a tutor-cum-warden of a hostel for students of Backward Classes in Tuticorin, was caught red handed by sleuths attached to the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption while taking a bribe of Rs. 20,000 on Monday evening.

Besides, the sleuths led by Deputy Superintendent of Police N. Stephen Jesubatham, seized Rs. 7, 97, 050, unaccounted cash, from the warden’s residence at Ottapidaram, where the raid ended in the evening hours on Monday and also Rs. 12, 315 of unaccounted cash from him.

Mr. Jesubatham said on Tuesday that the warden had earlier demanded a bribe of Rs. 5 lakh on June 13 for recruiting one Sankareshwari, cousin of the complainant, A. Jayaprakash Narayanan (47), to the post of tutor-cum-warden at a hostel for Backward Classes, for which she attended an interview at the Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Office here, on May 27.

Initial amount

After negotiating terms with the interviewee, the warden reduced the bribe and sought an initial amount of Rs. 20, 000.

The team trapped him near Tuticorin new bus station. Meanwhile, cash of Rs. 75, 000 was seized from R. Chandrasekaran (56), warden, BC Boys Hostel, Sathankulam, who met Mr. Antony Raj in Tuticorin during the operation.

But he was not proved guilty yet, he said.

However, Mr. Antony Raj was produced before the Judicial Magistrate, Tuticorin late last night.

Remanded

He was remanded to custody until July 1. Inspector of Police J. Raju was involved in the operation.

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