High Court Refuses to Grant Arrested ED Officer Bail in Bribery Case

Ankit Tiwari, an Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer who was detained by Tamil Nadu Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) investigators in relation to a suspected bribery case, had his bail request denied by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday.

The Tamil Nadu DVAC detained the ED officer on suspicion of accepting a ₹20 lakh bribe from a government doctor who was threatening to reopen the case against him.

Authorities claimed earlier this month that the ED officer was apprehended “red-handed” while taking a ₹20 lakh bribe from a Dindigul district doctor.

Officials claim that Ankit Tiwari and his group of Enforcement Directorate officers had been threatening people and accepting bribes in order to close their cases.

He was apprehended by DVAC officials in Dindigul with ₹20 lakh in cash. Additionally, the DVAC conducted a search at the Madurai ED Office.

“An investigation is being probed to elucidate whether he blackmailed or threatened any other officials adopting this modus operandi and collected money in the name of the ED,” said the DAVC.

Ankit Tiwari is working as an enforcement officer for the Union government’s Madurai Enforcement Department, according to a statement made public by DVAC Chennai.

“On October 29, 2023, he contacted a government employee from Dindigul and mentioned a case registered against him in the Dindigul Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department, which was already disposed of,” the DVAC stated in its press release.

Ankit Tiwari also told the worker that the Prime Minister’s Office had given the Enforcement Department instructions to look into this matter, and he asked the worker to come to the Enforcement Directorate office in Madurai on October 30, 2023.

In light of this, Ankit Tiwari got into the government employee’s car when he traveled to Madurai and convinced him to pay ₹3 crore in order to settle the case without going to court.

Subsequently, he claimed to have spoken with his superiors and accepted to accept ₹51 lakh as a bribe on their orders. The aforementioned employee gave him the first installment of a bribe on November 1, 2023, for ₹20 lakh.

Later, he repeatedly threatened to harm the employee by texting and calling, threatening to withhold payment of the entire ₹51 lakh if he didn’t pay.

On November 30, 2023, the government employee reported suspicious activities to the Dindigul district Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Unit.

Ankit Tiwari was apprehended by the V&AC detectives early on November 1, 2023, following his receipt of ₹20 lakh as a bribe from the complainant. He was then taken into custody in accordance with the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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