Top DRI official held on graft charge



Chennai: A top Revenue Intelligence (DRI) official has been arrested by CBI for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs two lakh and an iPad from a businessman, CBI said on Wednesday.

DRI Additional Director General (Chennai Region) C Rajan was nabbed yesterday following a trap laid by CBI on a complaint by a city resident alleging the official had demanded Rs eight lakh and an iPad as illegal gratification, a CBI release said here.

Besides Rajan, his driver Murugesan was also arrested. The complainant, F Ubaidullah, alleged that Rajan demanded the bribe to defreeze the bank accounts of his friend's relative, a Burmese national of Indian origin, and not to proceed against him under COFEPOSA act, it said.

Rajan demanded Rs two lakh and an iPad as the first installment and collected them through Murugesan, following which both were taken into custody by a CBI team.

After a phenolphthalein test (the hand wash of the accused is used as evidence), which proved positive for both of them, the two were arrested. The tainted currencies worth Rs 2 lakh and an iPad were recovered, the release said.

Subsequently searches were conducted at the premises of Rajan, his conduit Peel Jamal and Murugesan and incriminating documents were seized, it claimed.

Bank balances to the tune of Rs 32 lakh and fixed deposits of Rs 11 lakh had been frozen, it said.

Rajan and Murugesan were produced before a CBI court which remanded them to judicial custody till March 21, CBI said.

PTI