CHENNAI: The Central Crime Branch of the City police on Wednesday arrested a retired IAS officer for cheating a medical aspirant of Rs 50 lakh by promising her a seat in a private medical college.
Police said V Mohanraj, 62, who retired as deputy secretary in the Transport department in 2017, was also involved in cheating as many as 106 people in Tiruvannamalai district in 2015 and 2016, on false promises of government jobs.
The complainant, Dr A Nisar Ahammed, a resident of Nungambakkam, had alleged that he was cheated by Mohanraj in 2013 after collecting Rs 50 lakh on the promise of getting an MBBS seat for his daughter. But the police had allegedly refused to file an FIR since Mohanraj was then serving as an IAS officer. Only after he petitioned the Madras High Court, the FIR was filed based on court orders, in 2015. Police sources said Mohanraj had obtained anticipatory bail in the case.
Meanwhile, he retired in January 2017 as the deputy secretary of the Transport department. Police officers claimed Mohanraj was absconding since retirement and only on Wednesday, they traced and arrested him.
It was during the investigations, police said they found that Mohanraj was also involved in a job cheating racket in Tiruvannamalai district.
During his tenure as an IAS officer in 2015 and 2016, he had, in collusion with one K Nagappan, collected around Rs 5 crore from about 106 people on false promises of jobs in the Transport department. A statement from the police said they are investigating this case also against Mohanraj.
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