The search of an arrested state electricity inspector’s home and financial records has revealed that she owns five apartments in the city, apart from Rs nine crore deposited in several banks and life insurance policies.
The accused, Sandhya Pol (50), an electrical inspector posted in the state government’s Industry, Energy and Labour Department, was trapped by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Monday after allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 5 lakh. Ajit Kadam, (40), a junior clerk posted in the same department, was also caught for allegedly facilitating the transaction, the ACB said.
“Pol is a super class 1 officer and was first recruited in the Public Works Department as an assistant engineer in 1985. In her present post, she is the top electricity officer in Mumbai District,” said Vishwas Nangre-Patil, additional commissioner of police, ACB.
According to the ACB, Pol owns five apartments and a shop in the suburbs. A search of Pol’s Borivali home also revealed Rs 16,850 in cash, Rs 48.5 lakh in a fixed deposit, Rs 38.1 lakh deposited in various bank accounts and Rs 8.5 lakh in a life insurance policy.
“We will now conduct an open inquiry and calculate her legitimate income. We will also study her expenditure and match that with what we have seized so far. We will also have to see if any of her properties are ancestral,” Nangre-Patil said.
Pol and Kadam were trapped after the ACB received a complaint from a company that liaisons with the state government and private builders.
According to the ACB, Pol had allegedly demanded Rs 5 lakh to inspect 100 apartments in a new building in Prabhadevi, charging Rs 5000 per flat.
“That is the standard rate demanded by officials. It is very important for builders to obtain safety certificates for all their electric wiring from the state government before applying to the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking for an electricity connection,” he said.