In a surprise check, detectives from the Vellore Unit of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Directorate (DVAC) seized ₹ 1.94 lakh in unrecorded cash at the Velapadi Deputy Registrar’s office in Vellore Thursday. In addition to the cash, which was seized mainly from the toilets and storerooms of the office, documents were also seized during the search.
Thursday’s surprise check comes less than a week after the DVAC’s Vellore unit raided three locations, including Aavin’s office in Sathuvachari on the Bengaluru (NH 48) highway in Vellore, as part of a case concerning the former Minister of Commercial Taxes and Registration KC Veeramani. . Documents were also reportedly seized during this search.
Two teams, each consisting of four officials, led by DVAC officials Vijayalakshmi and Vijay, carried out the surprise check between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the new deputy registrar’s office. The deputy clerk, Vanitha, who had recently taken charge, was present. However, DVAC officials said no cash was seized from his cabin. “Obviously, the control was based on strong denunciation. We seized money in this Deputy Registrar’s office after it was moved from Fort Vellore to the current location a few years ago. The office was always on our radar, ”said a DVAC official.
Likewise, DVAC officials also seized ₹ 2 lakh of unrecorded cash at the office of the Deputy Director (AD), the town planning section of Tiruvannamalai Municipality in a surprise check Thursday. DVAC officials said the Deputy Registrar’s office in Vellore was not the only one where such unrecorded cash had been seized. Cash has been seized from the Deputy Registrar’s offices in Sholinghur (Ranipet district), Arakkonam and Pallikonda (Vellore district) in recent years. At present, Vellore District has Deputy Registrar offices in Vellore Town, Kaniyambadi, Pallikonda, on the border of Andhra Pradesh, Katpadi and Gudiyatham.
On September 16, the DVAC conducted searches in 35 locations, including properties owned by former Minister KC Veeramani, in Chennai, Bengaluru, Ranipet, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Krishnagiri and his hometown, Tirupattur, on the basis of ‘a case registered against him under the Corruption Prevention Act.