An Enforcement Directorate officer was arrested on Friday in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu on charges of taking a bribe of Rs 20 lakh from a doctor. The arrested person was identified as Ankit Tiwari. Along with the cash, one of his official identity cards issued by a central agency was also recovered from him.
According to his LinkedIn profile, the arrested person has been working with the ED for more than five years. Before joining the central agency, he worked in one of the Big Four accounting firms. The first raid by the Anti-Corruption Department in the office of Madurai Enforcement Department has created a stir.
Due to the raid, more than a hundred policemen as well as 50 members of the Indo-Tibetan Paramilitary Force have been deployed for security.ED officer Ankit Tiwari was taken from the DVAC office to be produced before the Judicial Magistrate in Dindigul.
#WATCH | Tamil Nadu | ED officer Ankit Tiwari was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 20 lakhs from a doctor in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu. He along with his team of ED officers had been threatening several people and receiving bribes in the name of closing their case in… pic.twitter.com/iiTP8IqPXy
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It is said that Ankit Tiwari had demanded a bribe of Rs 3 crore to save Dr. Suresh Babu, Superintendent of Dindigul Government Medical College Hospital, from the case and had said that it would be handed over to the Enforcement Directorate. It is said that Dr. Suresh did not agree to this and finally a settlement of Rs 51 lakh was reached, out of which Dr. Suresh Babu gave Rs 20 lakh on 1 November last.
Ankit Tiwari asked for the remaining amount from the doctor through WhatsApp call on 30 November. On this, Dr. Suresh Babu lodged a complaint with Dindigul Anti Corruption Bureau on 30 November. In this case, as advised by the anti-bribery police, he kept Rs 20 lakh in the officer’s car on Madurai Bypass Road in Dindigul on December 1.
Meanwhile, the lawyers of the Enforcement Department also went to the Enforcement Department office. After getting permission for the raid, the anti-corruption police started the raid in the assistant regional office of Madurai Enforcement Directorate.