Acting on a tip-off, ACB sleuths laid a trap and nabbed Cholan when he accepted the bribe from a man who had approached him to start a new company.
CBI officials confirmed the arrest. They said he would be produced before the CBI court on the Madras high court premises later.
This is the third arrest of top officials in Tamil Nadu on corruption charges in the last five years. Additional director-general of revenue intelligence C Rajan was arrested in 2012 for accepting a bribe of Rs 8 lakh and an iPad. Earlier, in 2009, the CBI arrested Sumathi Ravichandran, regional passport officer, for running a ‘parallel passport office’ and issuing tatkal passports in sky-high rates.