Tamil Nadu: Madras HC grants bail to sub-collector’s driver in bribery case

Tamil Nadu: Madras HC grants bail to sub-collector’s driver in bribery case

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MADURAI: The Madras high courtgranted bail to the driver of a sub-collector, who allegedly demanded bribe from a person for providing temporary licence to sell firecrackers at Ramanathapuram district.
The court was hearing the bail petition filed by Sinkaravelan, who was arrested by the Ramanathapuram DVAC officials on November 4.
The case of the prosecution is that a man, who owned a petty shop, submitted his online application seeking licence to sell firecrackers temporarily for Diwali.

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The tahsildar, who inspected the spot, forwarded the application to the sub-collector. When the sub-collector inspected the spot, the petitioner asked the man, who sought licence, to come to the office the next day. When the man went to the sub-collector’s office, the petitioner demanded a bribe.
The man filed a complaint with DVAC officials based on which a trap was set up and the petitioner was arrested when he received the bribe amount.
The counsel appearing for the petitioner submitted that the petitioner received the bribe amount only based on the inducement of higher officials.
However, the government advocate submitted that since the petitioner is working as the driver of the sub-collector, he had demanded bribes from many others. He objected to the grant of bail since it is a serious offence.

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Taking into consideration the facts and circumstances and the period of incarceration, Justice G K Ilanthiraiyan granted bail to the petitioner.

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