Prosecutor in Tamil Nadu nabbed for demanding bribe

September 16th, 2008 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Sep 16 (IANS) Anti-corruption officials arrested a government prosecutor for allegedly demanding a bribe to ensure the sentencing of a dowry offender, the Tamil Nadu police said.According to police, S. Nagarajan, an assistant public prosecutor handling the prosecution of N. Durai charged with harassing his wife Sabitha for dowry since their marriage four years ago, reportedly demanded a bribe of Rs.100,000 from the victim’s father and industrialist R. Rajagopalan to ensure punishment.

“Repeated pressure from Nagarajan added insult to injury. Upon being pressed for an advance ‘fee’ of Rs.15,000 today (Tuesday) I tipped off the Anti-Corruption Bureau. The lawyer was trapped and caught with marked currency,” Rajagopalan told reporters.

Besides additional cash, Durai allegedly demanded various luxury items from his in-laws. Failure to provide those resulted in repeated beatings and threats to divorce, prosecution sources added.

Dowry harassments are common in the districts of Coimbatore, Erode and Salem, situated within a 600 km radius from state capital Chennai.

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