Chennai: A woman Tamil Nadu revenue official,
who single-handedly recovered Rs five crore in cash from a bus
in Tiruchirappalli believed to have been meant for bribing
voters during the April 13 Assembly elections, was on Monday
honourned by the state Government with its bravery award.
Revenue Divisional Officer Dr S Sangeetha, who was the
Returning officer of Tiruchirappalli West Assembly segment,
was presented the Kalpana Chawla Award for Courage and Daring
Enterprise by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa during the
Indenpedence Day celebrations here.
In a midnight raid following a tip-off, Sangeetha, a Siddha
doctor who took to public service after seven years of
practice, had climbed up a stationary bus and recovered Rs
5.11 crore unclaimed cash kept in five bags on its roof.
More than Rs 50 crore unaccounted cash was seized in the
run-up to the elections following a crackdown by the Election
Commission to curb use of money power in the polls.
The award, named after the late Indian astronaut and given
away during the Independence Day celebrations, carries Rs five
lakh cash prize and a citation.