CBI arrests PF officials on corruption charges
Chennai: A Regional Commissioner of Employees Provident Fund Organisation and six others were arrested by CBI in Chennai in an alleged bribery case involving a major educational organisation.
CBI sources said Regional Commissioner E S Durga Prasad, two Enforcement officers Elumalai and Manikandan, alleged conduit Sudalai Muthu, his manager Suryanarayana, alleged bribe giver Sengottian, a friend of Prasad, Raja were arrested in connection with the case, in which Saveetha Group of Institutions has also been named. No immediate reaction was available from the group.
The sources said Durga Prasad has allegedly demanded Rs.25 lakh as illegal gratification for favouring the educational group, running a number of colleges and a university in Tamil Nadu, in a matter of subterfuge of wages worth rupees several crore for the purpose of deduction of provident of its employees.
Early this morning, Prasad had allegedly received the bribe money from Muthu after it was passed on to him by Sengottian. Prasad was taken into custody when he was going somewhere in a Scorpio SUV driven by his friend Rajan.
It is alleged that Muthu, through whom the bribe was given to Prasad, had taken a cut of Rs 50,000 from the first installment of Rs.15 lakh of the promised bribe amount and handed over remaining Rs.14.5 lakh to Prasad. Rs.14.5 lakh allegedly taken by Prasad and Rs.40,000 of the Rs.50,000 taken by Muthu has been recovered by the team, the sources said.
During their questioning, some of the accused have said the remaining Rs.10 lakh of the bribe has been received by Enforcement Officers-Elumalai and Manikandan, who were handling the case and have been arrested, sources said.
"Searches were conducted at the residence & office chamber of Regional Commissioner and also 18 other places including the premises of the conduit which led to recovery of several incriminating documents and property documents. The searches are still continuing," a CBI spokesperson said.