Chennai: DVAC sleuths arrest ACP for accepting Rs 50,000 bribe | Chennai News


CHENNAI: Directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption officials on Tuesday arrested an assistant commissioner of police after they caught him accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a man for permission to run a spa in Ashok Nagar. A court later sent Vincent Jayaraj to prison.

The city police are expected to soon initiate departmental action against the ACP in what is being seen as one of the biggest cases slapped by DVAC officials this year.

A police officer said K Senthilkumaran, who runs Ryan Recreation Club in Ashok Nagar, recently signed a deal with a woman named PM Roopa and they began operating Swani Health and Days Spa in a portion of the building from April 1.

The ACP, who got wind of the deal, asked sub-inspector Rathinakumar of the Ashok Nagar police station to tell Senthilkumaran and Roopa to meet him in person.

According to DVAC sources, at the meeting, Jayaraj demanded Senthilkumaran to pay him Rs 50,000 every month and threatened to foist cases against him and shut down his spa if he failed to do so.

Senthilkumaran then approached senior DVAC officers who decided to lay a trap for the ACP and catch him in the act.

DV&AC team seized cash from office table of Jayaraj

Accordingly, a DV&AC team led by deputy superintendent of police M Kumaraguruparan sent Senthilkumaran to the ACP’s office with Rs 50,000 laced with chemicals.

As soon as Senthilkumaran handed over the cash, the waiting DV&AC team members stormed into Jayaraj’s office and recovered the cash from his table.

They also lifted a few sets of fingerprints from Jayaraj to confirm traces of the chemical on his hands and informed him that he was being arrested under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The process of taking statements from him was videographed, the formalities done in front of two gazetted officers and their statements recorded.

Later, the DV&AC officials informed the city police about the arrest of the ACP and handed over the first information report (FIR) registered against him.

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