After the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) filed closure report stating that there was no evidence against former Maval Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Sanjaysinh Ramrao Chavan (45),Pune court discharged him in a case in which he was accused of taking Rs 75,000 bribe. The discharge application was filed before special judge S D Tulankar. The case will,however,proceed against another accused,a senior clerk (shirastedar) Suhas Ramesh Soma (47),who was Chavans subordinate.
The case dates back to November 2010,when Chavan and Soma were arrested for demanding and accepting Rs 75,000 from farmer Dattatray Gulabrao Phalke (35) of Dhankawadi for granting Non-agriculture (NA) certificate for a plot in Shirur taluka. Phalkes complaint stated that his wife was granted dealership of a petrol pump to be setup on their land in Pimpalsunti in Shirurtaluka. The SDO is the competent authority to grant the NA certificate. Phalke had submitted an application in this regard on September 9,2010. When he went to meet Chavan on November 22,2010,inquiring about the certificate,Chavan asked him to meet Soma who allegedly demanded Rs 1 lakh for the certificate. The amount was later brought down to Rs 75,000. Phalke alerted the ACB which laid a trap on November 23 at the SDO office where Soma allegedly asked Phalke to keep the amount in the open drawer of his table. Chavan and Soma were arrested on the same day and later released on bail.
After a few days,Chavan had lodged a complaint with the Director General (DG),ACB,claiming he has been falsely implicated in the case.