The states Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday succeeded in catching four people in three separate cases in a single day,with the biggest being a divisional forest officer in Patan who was allegedly caught red-handed accepting bribe of Rs 36,000.
Bharat Modi,a Class I forest department officer,posted in Patan,was arrested,following a complaint lodged by Harshad Patel,who is a Range Forest Officer of the same beat office.
The ACB officials said he had allegedly demanded 10 per cent of the cheque of Rs 3.60 lakh that was supposed to be paid for labour payment. The forest officials alerted the RFO about his demands and ACB laid a trap to arrest him. Bharat Modi had allegedly demanded that the money be delivered to his office,only after which he would clear the cheque.
The ACB laid a trap at the Patan DFO office and arrested him with the bag of cash of Rs 36,000 in his possession. The ACB officials also conducted a search at his residence,they added.
Similarly,a revenue circle inspector was arrested in Bhuj late on Thursday evening,while accepting bribe of Rs 45,000 red-handed at his office in Bhuj. The accused has been identified as Jaysukh Thaker,circle revenue inspector at taluka panchayat office in Bhuj. Thaker had allegedly demanded bribe of Rs. 45,000 from Lakshman Patel for issuing a no-objection-certificate and legal papers for a non-agriculture land in Bhuj.
In another case at Godhra in Panchmahal district,the ACB arrested two zilla panchayat officials for accepting bribe of Rs 35,000 from a local,Ziauddin Sheikh,for issuing a NA certificate to the complainant. Both were arrested red-handed by the ACB officials at the revenue department in Dahod panchayat office. The duo have been identified as Chatrasinh Chauhan a chitnis at the panchayat office and Raman Parmar,a junior clerk at the panchaya office.
Town planning dept employee in ACB net
Vadodara: A Class-III employee with the town planning department has been charged with amassing assets disproportionate to his income. ACB sleuths found Sanjay Krishnakant Shah,an employee of the department for the past 23 years,to have amassed Rs 1.17 crore worth in assets and investments,while his income from all sources during the period added to Rs 35.77 lakh. ACB Vadodara police inspector Kalpesh Solanki,who is also the complainant in the case,said that Shah had been charged in the past with accepting bribe in lieu of clearing town planning schemes for an industrialist. The case,pertaining to September 3,2012,led to further probe into his assets that revealed that he had amassed a huge quantity of wealth.