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Tamil Nadu: Enforcement Directorate officer arrested over Rs 20 lakh bribery

An Enforcement Directorate officer has been arrested in Tamil Nadu for allegedly taking a bribe from a doctor to close his case. DVAC officials allegedly caught him with Rs 20 lakh cash in Dindigual. Investigation underway

Tamil Nadu: Enforcement Directorate officer arrested over Rs 20 lakh bribery
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First Published Dec 1, 2023, 12:49 PM IST

An Enforcement Directorate officer has been arrested in Tamil Nadu for allegedly taking a bribe from a doctor to close his case. DVAC officials allegedly caught him with Rs 20 lakh cash in Dindigual. Investigation underway. An individual identified as Ankit Tiwari, working as an Enforcement Officer, was apprehended while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 20 lakh from a doctor in Dindigul. The bribe was purportedly intended to facilitate the closure of all Enforcement Directorate (ED)-related cases against the said doctor, as per police statements.

Tamil Nadu: Enforcement Directorate officer arrested over Rs 20 lakh bribery

The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) team intercepted a Maharashtra-registered vehicle associated with the official in the vicinity of the Chinnalapatti Toll Gate in Dindigul district. Following the interception, Ankit Tiwari was taken into custody on suspicion of bribery, according to police sources. A purported ID card of the ED official is circulating widely on social media.

This development of an ED officer's arrest comes at a notable juncture when the agency has been particularly active in Tamil Nadu, focusing on high-profile cases involving state ministers. One of the prominent ED cases involves Senthil Balaji, a Tamil Nadu minister. Minister Senthil Balaji was arrested by the ED in June of this year on money laundering charges, generating considerable attention due to subsequent dramatic events. Following his arrest, the minister underwent a heart procedure, adding to the unfolding events. Pictures emerged of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin visiting the minister in the hospital, indicating strong government support for the minister in the face of ED proceedings.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam raised concerns, alleging that the ED's case against Senthil Balaji was politically motivated. Recently, on November 28, the court rejected Senthil Balaji's bail plea on health grounds, further intensifying the legal proceedings surrounding the high-profile case.

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