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Woman VAO held for accepting bribe

Vigilance officials caught Village Administrative Officer (VAO) of Jaffarabad, Sangeetha, red-handed while receiving a bribe of Rs 1,000 at the Vaniyambadi Taluk office on Saturday.

Published: 22nd April 2013 10:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2013 10:34 AM   |  A+A-

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Vigilance officials caught Village Administrative Officer (VAO) of Jaffarabad, Sangeetha, red-handed while receiving a bribe of Rs 1,000 at the Vaniyambadi Taluk office on Saturday.

Sources said Mohammed Ali, a resident of Jaffarabad in Vaniyambadi, had mortgaged his jewellery in a bank before he died in 2012. Bank officials had asked his family members to produce a legal heir certificate in order to recover the jewellery.

Haaji Basha, brother of deceased Mohammed Ali, approached Jaffarabad VAO Sangeetha, to obtain the certificate. However, Sangeetha reportedly demanded a sum of Rs 2,000 as bribe for the certificate. However, she later agreed for Rs 1,000 as bribe, to issue the certificate.

Meanwhile, Haaji Basha lodged a complaint with the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC), Vellore, regardAing the bribe demanded by Sangeetha. As per the plan devised by the DVAC officials, Haaji Basha gave chemical-coated currency notes to Sangeetha, at the Vaniyambadi Taluk office on Saturday afternoon.

When Sangeetha was receiving the money, the DVAC team led by Vellore DSP Balasubramaniam,  caught her red-handed. Sangeetha was arrested and remanded at the Vellore Central Prison for Women.



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