Panchayat president in Cuddalore district held for corruption

DVAC officers arrested S. Sargurunathan, president of the Manjakuli Panchayat, for demanding and accepting a bribe from a contractor

Published - May 15, 2024 04:24 pm IST - CUDDALORE

Sleuths of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, arrested the president of Manjakuli Panchayat for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe.

According to DVAC sources, the complainant P. Santhosh, an employee of a construction firm was awarded the contract for establishment of rain water harvesting structures and drinking water supply for the panchayat. However, the panchayat president S. Sargurunathan demanded a commission of 2% totalling ₹30,000 as bribe in two instalments.

Mr. Santhosh lodged a complaint with the DVAC, which laid a trap. A team, led by DVAC Additional Deputy Superintendent of Police N. Devanathan, arrested Sargurunathan, when he accepted the bribe. The team also conducted searches at the residence of the panchayat president in Manjakuli and seized incriminating documents.

A case was registered under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018. Mr. Sargurunathan was produced before a local court and remanded in custody.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.