The CBI on Friday arrested a second member of the Dental Council of India (DCI) and claimed to have recovered nearly Rs 75 lakh allegedly received by him as bribe for granting permission to private colleges for running various courses. This is the fifth arrest in the case.
Dr Gunaseelan Rajan was taken into custody on Friday, 10 days after the arrest of another DCI member Dr S Murukesan on a similar charge, CBI sources said.
Rajan did not respond to the agency’s requests for questioning since Murukesan was arrested in Chennai while allegedly receiving bribe for granting approval to a private dental college to run post-graduate courses, the sources said.
The alleged role of Rajan had surfaced during Murukesan’s questioning. But despite repeated requests, Rajan did not appear before the agency, they said. Rajan was taken into custody on Friday and his inputs during questioning led to the recovery of Rs 75 lakh from a private person, they said.
The sources said Rajan has allegedly received money from Murukesan on various occasions during 2012 for arranging approvals for various dental colleges to start post-graduate and other courses.
Murukesan was arrested while allegedly accepting Rs 25 lakh as bribe from functionaries of Adhiparasakthi Dental College and Hospital at his clinic on January 8.
The CBI court Friday dismissed the bail plea of Murukesan and the three others involved in the case.