A senior ONGC official and his aide allegedly extorting money from a builder were today caught in a trap laid by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the victims office in Bhat village of Gandhinagar.
The official allegedly told the builder that the ONGC planned to set up two oil wells on his farm land in Moti Adraj village of Gandhinagar and demanded Rs 16 lakh to transfer the project to another place.
According to the ACB,A K Singh,a senior HR executive with the ONGC,visited builder Ramesh Patels farm land in Moti Adraj village a few months ago along with one R F Patel,who also works with the PSU as an electrician.
Upon enquiry,the two came came to know that the land,which is disputed,belonged to a builder. Singh took the builders number from the security guards there and called him up,telling him that the ONGC was building two wells on the same plot. Singh claimed the land belonged to the ONGC and that the builder had grabbed it illegally.
According to ACB,Singh demanded Rs 16 lakh from Patel,who offered him another plot in Bhat village,where he is coming up with a project. However,Singh said he would shift the project only if Patel gave him Rs 16 lakh in cash. Patel negotiated and brought the amount down to Rs 5 lakh. The builder allegedly paid Singh Rs 1 lakh immediately.
ACB officials said when Patel came back from a religious trip,Singh demanded the remaining amount.
However,Patel alerted the ACB,which trapped and arrested Singh and his aide.
The duo have been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.