A government official is facing a probe by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption for collecting Rs 13 lakh as bribe when he was an office assistant in the Health Minister’s office on the promise of arranging a government job for a Salem native. The man had admitted to this in writing on a stamp paper, the agency said.
Chandrasekaran claimed that he has spoken to the then personal assistant of the Electricity Minister. They money was to be given to the official, Chandrasekaran claimed, but assured Senthil Kumar that he would get the job if he paid up.
However, Senthil Kumar was not selected for the job, following which his father Gunasekaran asked him to return the money. After a compliant was lodged against him at Selaiyur police station, Chandrasekharan returned Rs 5 lakh.
When inquired, EB minister’s PA said he had never seen Chandrasekaran or talked to him. He also pointed out that the board had constituted a selection committee for every appointment and there was no chance for recommendation and influence to get a job.
During inquiry, Chandrasekaran admitted that he had received Rs 13 lakh on the promise of arranging a job. As he gave everything in writing on a stamp paper as record, the DVAC has taken it as official record and booked a case against him.
The DVAC registered the FIR against Chandrasekaran under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act on Monday.