CBI Arrests Senior Tamil Nadu Official for Allegedly Taking Bribe from Former Lawmaker

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Chennai:  The Central Bureau of Investigation today arrested Dr Manu Neethi Cholan, Tamil Nadu's Registrar of Companies, for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 10 lakh from industrialist and former Member of Parliament Dr M A M Ramaswamy.

According to the police, a rival group had allegedly planned to take control of the Chettinadu Group of Companies headed by Dr Ramaswamy, during the Annual General Body Meeting scheduled to be held on August 27. The Registrar of Companies had allegedly received the bribe for not approving any decision that might be taken at the meeting.

Following a tip-off that Mr Cholan had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 10 lakh, officials had intercepted his vehicle. The bribe amount of Rs 10 lakh was allegedly recovered from Dr Cholan's possession.  

Authorities also reportedly recovered Rs 20 lakh from Dr Cholan's residence. Several incriminating documents and a computer hard disc were allegedly seized after carrying out searches at the office of Chettinadu House, the chamber and private office of Dr Cholan.

"At this point, we have not arrested Dr Ramaswamy. He is the accused no. 2 in the case. He is 84 years old and bed-ridden. The case is under investigation," senior CBI officials told NDTV.

Sources close to Dr Ramaswamy have denied the allegations.



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