A Raja's brother arrested for bribery

Posted By: Biswajeet Panda
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Tamil Nadu
Perambalur, April 12: It seems corruption and A Raja along with his family have forged a deep alliance. Otherwise how would you explain the arrest of the tainted former Telecom minister's elder brother on charges of bribing voters to purchase votes.

A Kaliyaperumal, the elder brother of Raja, was arrested by the police officials in Perambalur, Tamil Nadu. Rupesh Kumar Meena, the Superitendent of Police, Perambalur, was reported by the Times of India as saying that Raja's brother was arrested on April 9, a day after he allegedly distributed cash among voters along with calendars and other campaign materials in Narikorava Colony.

He was granted bail later.

Election Commission officials were displeased with the Tamil Nadu police due to the hastiness with which he was released. M Vijayakumar, the district election officer said, "We also received information that he was promising self-help group members that he would arrange a Rs 2.5 lakh loan for them if they voted for DMK."

There were discrepancies in opinions of the district administration regarding the sequence of events that led to Kaliyaperumal's arrest and the subsequent bail. District collector Vijayakumar said that Raja's brother was caught red-handed by the police team at Narikorava Colony on April 8, the arrest took place only on April 9.

Kaliyaperumal has been booked under section 171(B), 171 (E) and 188 of Indian Penal Code.

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