Vellore: Officials of the Directorate for Vigilance and Fight against Corruption (DVAC) detained company Wednesday Commissioner Vellore T Kumar, to receive a bribe of 20 Rs 000 with a contractor.
They also seized an unrecorded sum of Rs 10.44 lakh, cash counter and 26 gold jewelry sovereigns worth Rs 7 lakh from his home and his office.
In April, May and June 2016, the company had subcontracted work Vellore Sri Raghavendra & Co headed by T Balaji, from Velapadi for a mass clean-up program to eradicate the dengue project in the city.
The company had to pay Rs 10.90 Balaji 200 for the work done by the company and last week when it addressed the Commissioner for payment, Kumar demanded a 2% commission to release the amount.
In a complaint filed with the DVAC Vellore unit, Balaji said that after a lot of “negotiation”, the Commissioner reduced the amount of the bribe from Rs 22,000 to Rs 20,000.
After an investigation confirmed that the accusation against the Commissioner was true, the DVAC has decided to set a trap.
A team led by M Balasubramanian, additional superintendent of the police, DVAC special cellular research, Madras, presented a package of chemical currency inflows to the contractor.
After Balaji gave the money to the commissioner’s office, the official waiting team took the assault and trapped.
A phenolphthalein test was carried out confirming that Kumar, 54, received the money and that two government employees of the different departments were detained in the presence of witnesses.
DVAC officials then sought the residence of Commissioner Krishna Nagar. “We have found an unposted box of 9.40 lakh, a counter and cash 26 gold jewelry sovereigns (new ornaments) to his house and Rs 1.04 lakh in funds not counted in the desk drawer,” said a police.
A case was registered against him under the Corruption Prevention Act and was produced before the head of the Vellore Courts.