Palakkayam bribery case: More officials under vigilance radar, Suresh sent to remand

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From (R) Suresh Kumar who was arrested in bribery case, Palakkayam village office. | Screengrab: Mathrubhumi News

Palakkad: After the arrest of village field assistant V Sureshkumar (51 years) in a bribery case, more officials at the Palakkayam village office have come under the vigilance radar. Lakhs of rupees were recovered in a raid conducted at Sureshkumar’s rented house on Wednesday. However, the Palakkayam village officer, in his statement issued to the vigilance, claimed innocence and said he was ‘unaware’ of Sureshkumar’s shady deals.

It is said that Sureshkumar who was under the vigilance observation was warned earlier by the special branch officials, on the basis of complaints received against him. He was caught red handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 2,500 during an adalat. A whopping Rs 35 lakh was recovered in the search operations conducted in his rented house. Apart from this 17 kgs of coins (amounting to Rs 9,508), and documents relating to various investments over Rs 71 lakhs were also recovered.

The villagers made allegations that the corrupt officer had been accepting bribes in various forms. Items such as honey, tamarind, over 150 pens, new shirts, and bedsheets were among the belongings recovered in his room.

Sureshkumar confessed that he accepted bribes for building a new house. The officer who was suspended from service after his arrest, was produced at the Thrissur vigilance court, and was sent to remand until june 7.

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