CBI arrests Dental Council of India member, recovers Rs 75 lakh

Chennai Continuing its crackdown on the alleged scam in the Dental Council of India, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Dr Gunaseelan in Chennai, a member of the Council.

Based on his information, the CBI officials say they also recovered Rs 75 lakh, allegedly bribe money from a financier, received to grant approval for the Post Graduate courses in several dental colleges.

Earlier today, the CBI had arrested Dr Murugesan, another member of the Dental Council of India, along with three others allegedly while receiving cash worth Rs 25 lakh from members of the Adhiparasakthi Dental College, located outside Chennai.

A senior officer in the CBI told NDTV, "after interrogating both doctors we understand, it was Dr Gunaseelan who  induced Dr Murugesan to demand bribe for granting approval to PG courses in dental colleges. He had earlier demanded Rs 1.8 crore to grant approval for 18 seats and later settled for 1 crore out of which Dr Murugesan had taken an advance of Rs 25 lakh, which we seized following a tip off". However, CBI sources say they are not able to identify names of other dental colleges who may have offered bribe to the council members behind bars now. 
Story First Published: January 18, 2013 22:05 IST

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