Jail warden in DVAC net after taking money

Officials of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) arrested a 37-year-old jail warden in Puzhal late on Tuesday for seeking bribe from a prisoner.

Published: 08th March 2018 02:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th March 2018 04:26 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI:Officials of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) arrested a 37-year-old jail warden in Puzhal late on Tuesday for seeking bribe from a prisoner.Sources said jailer Jeyaraman demanded `40,000 from Mahin Abubucker, who was caught a year ago for smuggling brown sugar. Abubucker was to be transferred to the Poonamallee prison, but Jeyaraman allegedly told him that he could continue to stay in Puzhal if he paid up.

“When Abubucker informed his friend Karthik Leo at Katpadi in Vellore about this, the latter informed the DVAC,” said a police source. “What they did not expect was that only the jail warden was present to receive the money, and not the jailer,” the source said.Acting swiftly on the complaint, the DVAC laid a trap and caught jail warden A Pitchiah red-handed, when he received the chemical-laced money at his residence in the new prison warden quarters.

During interrogation, Pitchiah spilled the beans that Jeyaraman had asked Leo to meet him and give the money. When the DVAC officials went to meet the jailer, he was not present in his house. When contacted, he denied his involvement in the incident, but went into hiding soon after.

Pitchiah served at the Puzhal-1 (convict division) for more than two years and had been serving at Puzhal-2 (remand division) for the last one year.A senior police official told Express that a case was registered against him under Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (criminal misconduct by a public servant).

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp