Official held for taking bribe from crematorium contractor

Officials of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption on Tuesday arrested an official of the Greater Chennai Corporation for demanding and accepting ₹5,000 bribe from a crematorium contractor.

The agency said in a statement that the contractor lodged a complaint that he had cremated 233 bodies at the Injambakkam crematorium and Vigneswaran, Sanitary Inspector, Sholinganallur, had demanded ₹5,000 bribe to settle the bill.

DVAC officials laid a trap and arrested the accused official soon after he revived the money from the complainant.

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Transfer of Oyamari crematorium to a private contractor flayed


Citizens’ groups in Tiruchi have raised concerns over transfer of the Oyamari crematorium by the Tiruchi City Corporation to a private contractor and written to the Chief Minister’s Cell seeking his intervention.

The maintenance of the Oyamari crematorium which is managed by the civic body, is to be transferred to a private society after they improve the infrastructure of the facility, senior officials said. “The private organisation has agreed to redevelop the grounds, at a cost of ₹3 crore, after which they will charge ₹3,000 to cremate a body,” S. Sivasubramanian, City Corporation Commissioner told The Hindu.

However, a section of citizens claims that the shift was unnecessary. “The civic body could use the funds to improve infrastructure in the city, improve roads or even construct some parks in the area. We do not need to spend ₹3,000 for a cremation,” said M. Sekaran, Chairman, Citizens’ Forum.


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