On Thursday, prosecutor Mangesh Arote was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) from a courtroom in Mumbai City Civil District and Sessions Court while taking a bribe of Rs 50,000 from an accused in exchange of favouring him in a discharge plea filed before the court.
The agency has alleged that Sheikh, in connivance with bank and state government officials, sought to appropriate the Rs 16.50 crore subsidy by declaring the unit a Non-Performing Asset (NPA) “without paying a single installment”.
The three engineers worked at the SRA’s administrative building located on Anant Kanekar Road in Bandra (east), and Patkar was the alleged buffer between the complainant and the three SRA officials. ACB officials said the four accused had initially demanded Rs 6 lakh from the complainant.
The FIR was registered against the then officials of education zone on the basis of a verification conducted into the allegations of misappropriation of government funds to the tune of Rs 10.50 lakhs pertaining to cooking cost and honorarium to cooks, he said.
The ACB team visited several farms at Sokhda and Shinor villages of the district and found discrepancies in lands under nine different survey numbers in Sokhda and four different survey numbers in Shinor.