A Class-II revenue officer of the Affordable Housing and Mukhyamantri Gruh Awas Yojana (MGY) department under the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) was arrested by the anti-corruption bureau officials for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 in order to prevent the seal of a flat that had been “sold” in contravention of the provisions for affordable housing.
According to the ACB officials, complainant Abdul Hamid Yusuf Shaikh had purchased a flat under the JnNURM scheme of Rampura from Himmat Parmar for a consideration of Rs 3 lakh in 2013.
Shaikh said that the flat originally belonged to one Hiraben Parmar, who holds the original allotment of the said house. However, her tenant Himmat Parmar had illegally sold off the flat to Shaikh, leading Hiraben to file a complaint with the JnNURM housing department to have her flat vacated of Shaikh’s illegal possession.
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Accordingly, revenue officer Kanchan Parmar had served a notice upon Shaikh a few days ago. Shaikh approached the ACB stating that when he met Parmar to explain that he had purchased the flat from Himmat Parmar, the officer allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 20,000 to withdraw the notice served upon Shaikh.
However, after negotiations, Kanchan settled for Rs 10,000, out of which, Shaikh would pay Rs 5,000 on Monday.
According to ACB police inspector Kalpesh Solanki, Shaikh approached the department with a complaint against Parmar and a trap was laid. “We received a complaint from Shaikh about VMC Affordable Housing revenue officer Kanchan Parmar demanding a bribe of Rs 10,000. We asked Shaikh to meet him as planned so that he could be trapped,” Solanki said.
On Monday, when Shaikh met Parmar near Kothi to hand over the first instalment of Rs 5,000 to withdraw the notice of dispossession of the Rampura flat, the ACB officials arrested Parmar.