The state’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested a corporator, a deputy engineer and a peon with the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 8 lakh from a shop owner based in Kalyan. Subsequent searches at the residence of the deputy engineer have allegedly revealed that he owns eight flats in various locations.
According to ACB officers, those arrested have been identified as corporator Vidyadhar Bhoir, deputy engineer Dattatray Mastud and peon Vilas Kadu of the KDMC.
The complainant was allegedly told by them that his store had encroached on public property and that it would be demolished.
“They demanded Rs 11 lakh from the shop owner if he wanted to prevent his store from being demolished. After negotiations, the amount was brought down to Rs 8 lakh. The complainant then approached us and we registered a complaint,” said an ACB officer.
Acting on the ACB’s instructions, the shop owner paid the amount to Bhoir at his office and after he allegedly accepted it, ACB officers walked in and arrested him as well as Mastud and Kadu.
“We later searched Mastud’s residence in Kalyan and found out he owns eight flats in Pune, Navi Mumbai, Dombivli and Kalyan. He has also been found to have 742 grams of gold and Rs 5,69,327 deposited in three different banks. All the three have been charged under the Prevention of Corruption act and have been remanded to police custody till April 21,” the officer added.