In a bid to curb corruption, the Tamil Nadu government has issued a circular to sub-registrar offices across the state, banning cash transactions, as per a report by Suresh Kumar in The Times of India.
Asking the registration offices to adopt cashless transactions, the government's move comes after the Madras HC had rebuked the authorities over widespread graft in the registration department.
On November 20, Justice N Kirubakaran had enquired if officials knew about the activities of touts who were engaged in collecting extra money, more than the stipulated amount for registration of documents and whether the authorities had conducted any raids on this, the report says.
Inspector general of registration J Kumaragurubaran filed an affidavit on Tuesday in response, informing the court that the governmentâ€™s move to curb cash transactions was an attempt to check corruption.
Concerning details of raids conducted in registration offices in the past 10 years, Kumaragurubaran said, "Out of 578 subregistrar offices, the DVAC has conducted surprise raids in 155 offices for the past 10 years and arrested 77 people. Out of 77 cases, 14 cases ended in conviction. The total amount seized during the surprise checks was â‚ą70.01lakh. One person has been arrested twice on the charges of demanding and accepting bribe. Now, he had already been placed under suspension and further kept under extension of service.â€ť
Dissatisfied with the contents in the affidavit, Justice Kirubakaran had directed the officer to file a better affidavit and told the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption to file a reply to the queries raised earlier by the court, the report says.
The judge had then posted the matter for further hearing on December 20.
In October this year, DVAC officials had conducted surprise raids on premises of the District Registrar of Assurances in Thanjavur and Tiruvarur.