Former Rural Welfare Officer sentenced to seven-year RI

Published - June 11, 2024 11:26 pm IST - MADURAI

The Special Court for Trial of Cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act in Madurai sentenced former Rural Welfare Officer S. Poongothai to seven-year rigorous imprisonment for demanding and accepting a bribe of ?1,500 to process an application under E.V.R Maniammaiyar Ninaivu Marriage Assistance Scheme for daughters of poor widows.

Special Court Judge R. Barathiraja also imposed a fine of ?2,000 on Poongothai. The complainant, C. Kathammal from Kambur village near Melur, had submitted the application with Kottampatti panchayat union seeking the assistance of ?25,000 and four grams of gold under the scheme for her daughter’s marriage.

However, to process the application, the then Rural Welfare Officer of the panchayat union Poongothai demanded a bribe of ?1,500. Based on a complaint lodged by Ms. Kathammal, the sleuths of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption laid a trap and caught the officer while receiving the bribe amount in 2014.

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