Kottayam: The corrupt were literally on the run here at Regional Transport Office (RTO) the other day as the personnel of the state anti-graft body landed there in the evening as the employees were about to pack up for the day, some with their daily 'collections'.
Around Rs 7,000 in cash hidden between office files and behind a cupboard kept in a corridor of the nearby Agricultural Office was recovered by Vigilance officials during the raid.
Documents for licence and registration of 90 vehicles were also seized from three agents who were loitering in the office corridor. From the RTO, the Vigilance recovered 372 licences which were kept without sending them to applicants.
The raid, which started at 4 pm, lasted four hours. During the checks, a Motor Vehicles Inspector tried to flee from the spot. An agent who ran away on noticing the Vigilance officials abandoned his bag from which documents related to the registration of nine vehicles were obtained. Currency notes were also found strewn in many places in the transport office. The notes were apparently abandoned after the Vigilance reached the office.
The Vigilance conducted a raid at this office following widespread complaints regarding corrupt practices. Some specific complaints were received by Vigilance SP V G Vinod Kumar.
It was found that since March no action was taken on eight notices that were sent for cancelling driving licences on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. These notices were issued based on the reports submitted by the Gandhi Nagar police.
Another complaint was filed by a youth who took his vehicle for the test but his application for fitness was rejected as the colour was police blue. Later, when the youth approached the RTO through an agent, he received the fitness certificate. As per the complaint, the vehicle owner paid the agent an amount of Rs 4,000.
A report on the raid would be submitted to the Vigilance Director soon.
The team which carried out the raid comprised Vigilance DySPs N Rajan, M K Manoj, inspectors A J Thomas, V A Nishad Mon, Rijo P Joseph, Jerlin V Scariah, Rajan K Aramana and 20 police officers.