A man lodged a police complaint against Ambur Municipal Chairperson Sangeetha’s husband Balasubramaniam on Tuesday, alleging that he had cheated him to the tune of Rs 7.50 lakh.
The complainant, D Selva Kumar of Periyankuppam near Ambur, submitted a petition to Superintendent of Police P Vijaya Kumar, seeking appropriate action to recover his money.
The SP forwarded the complaint to the Ambur DSP for further inquiry.
Selva Kumar stated in his complaint that the municipal administration had outsourced drinking water supply to him for the past 10 years. The agreement between the municipality and Kumar ended in October 2011.
Municipal Chairperson Sangeetha’s husband Balasubramaniam allegedy demanded Rs 10 lakh from Selva Kumar to extend the tender for the next five years. After negotiations, he settled for Rs 7 lakh, Kumar claimed. “I have evidence (voice records) to prove that Balasubramaniam took bribe from me,” he said and added that Balasubramaniam had been the de facto chairperson of the municipality. Kumar had handed over the cash in two installments - Rs 4 lakh in November 2011 and Rs 3 lakh by the end of December 2011. “After I gave the entire amount, he took the tender to supply water in a benami’s name and allowed me to supply water. He also demanded a monthly commission of Rs 1 lakh per month. I was forced to pay the commission for the first quarter of 2012,” said Selva Kumar.
From April 2011, Balasubramaniam demanded Rs 1.50 lakh as monthly commission as the number of trips for supplying water had increased to 182 loads from 162, due to water scarcity.
“I managed to pay the amount for four months. I stopped supplying water as I could not give the monthly commission to Balasubramaniam and requested him to return the Rs 7 lakh I had given him,” Selva Kumar said further.
However, the chairperson’s husband had been dodging for the past eight to 10 months. He also started threatening and abusing Selva Kumar whenever he approached him to take his money back, he alleged.