Kochi: Bribe to ease red tape is normal, but paying Rs 30,000 to a peon for just stamping documents is not often heard!
It has come to light that peon B Arun, who is an accused in the Choornikkara documents forgery case, has allegedly received Rs 30,000 as bribe.
Arun, in his statement to the police, said that he stamped the seal on the documents when the superintendent was out for lunch. A favourable order was then issued using the receipt number of the application to get the nod to convert a wetland.
Arun was taken into custody based on the statement given by Abu, who acted as a middleman in forging the documents. Arun, a native of Aryanad Meenangal, works as an office attendant in the Land Revenue Commissioner’s office in Thrivananthapuram.
The illegal conversion came out after the Choornikkara village officer noted the bid to convert the 25 cents wetland, located adjacent to the national highway, into commercially valuable dry land using forged documents.
According to the police, Abu had promised to convert the wetland into a commercial dry land and was paid Rs 7 lakh by Thrissur Mathilakam native Hamsa.
The investigating team reportedly has more clues about the officials who played part in the controversial land scam.