A food safety officer of the Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration department was trapped and arrested on graft charges, on the premises of the Vellore collectorate on Tuesday.
The sleuths attached to the Vellore unit of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-corruption (DVAC) Wing caught food safety officer of Anaicut block K Vinayaga Murthi (33) while he was receiving a bribe of Rs 12,000, to renew the licence of a hotel.
P Arumugam, manager of Aryabhavan Hotel at Erayankadu, had lodged a complaint with the DVAC on August 27 stating that Vinayaga Murthi had demanded a bribe of `12,000, after bargaining, to renew the hotel’s licence. Murthi had asked Arumugam to hand over the money on Tuesday inside the Vellore Collectorate. The complainant immediately alerted the DVAC officials. A police team led by the DSP of the unit M Balasubramanian handed over chemical coated currencies to Arumugam. The DVAC sleuths arrested Murthi within a flash after he received the bribe.
Police registered a case against him under the provision of Prevention of Corruption Act and produced him before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Vellore. Following this, Vinayaga Murthi was remanded to Vellore Prison for Men.