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Sub-registrar uses mule to manage bribe money, booked for graft

Unearthing a rather efficient way of manage bribe money collected every day, sleuths from the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-corruption (DVAC) have found a sub-registrar has been using a person to deposit cash – ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 47,000 – into different bank accounts through cash deposit machines (CDMs).

Sub-registrar uses mule to manage bribe money, booked for graft


Though the official claimed that these were monies he was lending to friends, DVAC officials are unconvinced and have booked him on graft charges.

It was a surprise raid at the sub-registrar office in Pammal on October 16 that revealed the modus operandi. They seized Rs 13,780 unaccounted cash from the office of sub-registrar, B Dinesh. They then spotted one Karthik of Saidapet. During investigation, Official sources said they were shocked to find the transaction details when they checked the WhatsApp chats between Karthik and Dinesh. According to the FIR filed by the agency, Dinesh had used Karthik to deposit cash into accounts in banks like SBI and Indian Bank through CDMs. After depositing the cash, Karthik would take pictures of the machine printouts and send them through WhatsApp to Dinesh as proof of transaction.

When the officials confronted Dinesh about the deposits made by Karthik on his behalf, he claimed these were amounts he had sent to friends who needed money. “Whenever my friends ask me for money, I will deposit it in their bank accounts using Karthik,” Dinesh reportedly claimed. However, the officials clarified that those transactions had nothing to do with his salary account. The DVAC has booked a corruption case, with Dinesh as the prime suspect, and also named office assistants RP Varaprasath and T Ramamoorthy, besides Karthik in it. The officials have also found that Dinesh had employed another person at his office for a daily wage of Rs 500.

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