Press Esc to close
Saturday 30 April 2016
News updated at 6:36 PM IST
Weather
Max: 37°C
Min : 24.5°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Sudhamanagar corporator lands in Lokayukta net

Bangalore, Dec 11, 2012, DHNS

Avvayi trapped while accepting Rs 15,000 bribe from eatery owner

in the dock: Corporator Kumari Avvayi (centre) being taken away after she was caught  red-handed while accepting a bribe in the City on Tuesday. dh photo

The Lokayukta police has trapped another corporator. This one for receiving a bribe of Rs 15,000.

Having trapped two corporators previously, both of whom have received bail from the High Court, the Lokayukta police on Tuesday laid a successful trap for Congress corporator from Sudhamanagar, Kumari Avvayi.

Based on a complaint from Channegowda of Ujjani village in Tumkur district, who was running a small vegetarian hotel in Kalasipalya, Avvayi was trapped receiving the sum at 12 noon at her ward office in Kalasipalya.  She has been remanded in judicial custody till Wednesday.

Channegowda said in his complaint that Avvayi collected a ‘mamool’ of Rs 500 from him every month.

Reason: He did not have a trade licence to set up the hotel in Kalasipalya. The ‘mamool’ was paid diligently by the complainant for the past three years. It is said Avvayi herself would sometimes come to his hotel to collect the bribe.

On Monday morning, Avvayi allegedly came to his hotel and demanded that he pay a lumpsum bribe of Rs 35,000 for the entire year as she could not come every month for the paltry sum of Rs 500. Channegowda had not paid the ‘mamool’ of Rs 500 for November.

He said his business was not large enough to pay such a huge bribe, but Avvayi allegedly insisted that he pay the sum.

The trader recorded the conversation between himself and Avvayi, before lodging a complaint with the Lokayukta police.

During Channegowda’s meeting with Avvayi, he negotiated and brought down the amount to Rs 20,000. According to Lokayukta sources, the police had kept a watch on Avvayi’s office all through Monday evening.

“We could not trap her on Monday, as she did not come to her office. Finally, the complainant managed to set a time on Tuesday for the trap to be laid,” said a Lokayukta police official.

A team led by DySP Dr Ashwini caught Avvayi, while she was taking the first instalment of Rs 15,000, and arrested her. A case has been  registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

Speculations are rife in the Lokayukta over the extent of gratification which Avvayi might have been receiving over the past three years from Kalasipalya, where the number of illegal traders is quite large. “She must be earning lakhs every month, considering the number of traders in the vicinity,” said a senior Lokayukta official.

Seeks time to put on make-up

Unperturbed by her being trapped and arrested for seeking and receiving illegal gratification, Avvayi, it was claimed, asked for time from the Lokayukta police to put on make-up before being produced at the magistrate’s house.

According to Lokayukta police sources, Avvayi claimed to have ‘ruined’ her make-up, when she cried after the arrest. “When she was asked to accompany the police to the magistrate’s house from the police station, she sought time to put on make-up,” said a Lokayukta officer.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Cricketer Virat Kohli during inauguration of a store in Hyderabad on Friday...

Cricketer Virat Kohli during inauguration of a store in Hyderabad on Friday...

Boys cool themselves in a pond on a hot summer afternoon at a village near Balurghat in South...

Boys cool themselves in a pond on a hot summer afternoon at a village near Balurghat in South...

A duck quenches its thirst at a zoo during hot summer day in Surat on Friday...

A duck quenches its thirst at a zoo during hot summer day in Surat on Friday...

A pair of tigers at a zoo during hot summer day in Surat on Friday...

A pair of tigers at a zoo during hot summer day in Surat on Friday...

Devotees take holy dip in the Kshipra river during Simhasth Kumbha Mela in Ujjain...

Devotees take holy dip in the Kshipra river during Simhasth Kumbha Mela in Ujjain...

Farmers bathe their cattle in a stream during hot summer day in Kasara, Thane...

Farmers bathe their cattle in a stream during hot summer day in Kasara, Thane...

Actors Karan Singh Grover and Bipasha Basu during their mehndi Ceremony in Mumbai...

Actors Karan Singh Grover and Bipasha Basu during their mehndi Ceremony in Mumbai...

Villagers gather to collect water from a well that was filled by a tanker in Kasara, Thane...

Villagers gather to collect water from a well that was filled by a tanker in Kasara, Thane...

Protesters throw stones on security personnel during clashes in Srinagar...

Protesters throw stones on security personnel during clashes in Srinagar...

Muslim children paying obeisance at the Golden Temple on the occasion of 463rd Birth Anniversary...

Muslim children paying obeisance at the Golden Temple on the occasion of 463rd Birth Anniversary...