//Graft case: CI released on bail

Graft case: CI released on bail

Kozhikode: Circle Inspector at the Kasaba police station K. Radhakrishna Pillai, who was arrested by the Kozhikode Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) on Friday night on charges of taking bribe through an accomplice, was released on bail on Saturday. The investigating officers of the VACB granted the bail.

North Zone Inspector General of Police M.N. Krishnamurthy, who is in Ernakulam, told The Hindu over the telephone that Mr. Pillai would be placed under suspension once the former reached Kozhikode on Sunday. Kozhikode City Police Commissioner H. Venkatesh had already submitted a report based on his arrest by the VACB.

Mr. Pillai was caught by the Vigilance sleuths at a tile factory at Feroke for accepting Rs.10,000 through his agent Kuttanparambil Sharief of Karunagapally. The action had been taken on the basis of a complaint filed by P.P Abdul Naser of Mooryad on February 1. Sharief was admitted to the hospital after a chest pain.

Meanwhile, the Vigilance officials, it is learnt, also carried out raids on the residence of Mr. Pillai in Kozhikode and Kollam from morning. However, the raids did not yield any result, sources said.

According to Deputy Superintendent of Police C.M. Pradeep Kumar, Mr. Pillai had demanded Rs.1 lakh for hushing up a case in connection with the busting of an unauthorised Internet-telephone booth on the Mavoor Road three months ago.

The investigating officers had earlier recorded the conservation between the complainant and the accused in which the latter allegedly demanded a bribe and asked him to hand over the amount to Mr. Sharief.

The Vigilance team led by Mr. Pradeep Kumar had seized 20 numbers of Rs. 500 from Mr. Sharief. They had earlier marked these currency notes for trapping Mr. Pillai.