Collector,aide arrested for taking bribe get bail

A day after Deputy Collector Kiran Mahajan (tenancy rights branch) and his junior clerk Rajesh Randive were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for accepting Rs 2 lakh bribe from a land owner,the anti-corruption special court of V P Utpat released the duo on bail.

Written by Express News Service | Published:September 14, 2012 4:08 am

A day after Deputy Collector Kiran Mahajan (tenancy rights branch) and his junior clerk Rajesh Randive were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for accepting Rs 2 lakh bribe from a land owner,the anti-corruption special court of V P Utpat released the duo on bail.

The ACB on Thursday produced the duo before the court seeking their magisterial custody. After they were remanded in magisterial custody,the duo applied for bail through their lawyers Sudhir Shah and Pratap Pardeshi. The court released them on furnishing personal bond of Rs 15,000 each on the condition that they attend the ACB office every Monday for the next two months.

Meanwhile,it has come to light that Mahajan has accumulated wealth of around Rs 1.8 crore.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Hemant Bhat told Newsline,“In subsequent searches we have found that Mahajan has accumulated wealth of about 1.8 crore. He owns a flat in Pashan and two shops in Kharadi besides Rs 24.24 lakh in cash,gold worth Rs 15 lakh and Fixed Deposit receipts. We suspect these assets to be disproportionate to the known sources of income. It will only be confirmed after all the legal procedures.”

ACB said Mahajan has been in the state service as Tehsildar since 1992 and was promoted to the rank of deputy collector in 1999.

Acting on a complaint by Sanjeev Gawade (47),a resident of Shivajinagar,the ACB officers had laid a trap and caught Randive red-handed accepting Rs 50,000 for himself and Rs 1.5 lakh on Mahajan’s behalf at their office in old Zilla Parishad building.

As per Gawade’s complaint,he was in the process of buying land at Khand village in Maval taluka that comes under the tenancy rights branch headed by Mahajan.

“The state government had recently announced a new permission policy for the sale of such land. Gawade wanted to buy ten acres and had approached Mahajan’s office. Even after one-and-a-half years,he was not given the permission. In June this year,they demanded Rs 2 lakh bribe from him after which he approached us,” said an ACB official.

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