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ACB finds over 80 govt files at agent’s house

Andhale is accused of acting as an ‘agent’ in a land-related matter and of accepting Rs 23 lakh from a bizman in exchange for handing over the copy of the revenue department’s order, which was in his favour

The Mumbai Unit of the Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau has seized 82 files pertaining to government matters from the residence of Vaibhav Andhale, who was arrested on Tuesday along with revenue officer Sanjay Suradkar and his assistant Devidas Dahiphale.

The three accused were arrested by the ACB on Tuesday afternoon near the revenue department’s office in the World Trade Centre in south Mumbai. Andhale is accused of having acted as an ‘agent’ in a land related matter for a businessman and of accepting Rs 23 lakh from him in exchange for handing over the copy of the revenue department’s order, which was in his favour. ACB sleuth, who had originally laid the trap for Andhale, arrested Suradkar and Dahiphale after Andhale gave each of them a share of the bribe money that he took from the businessman.

On Wednesday, the ACB conducted a search of Andhale’s residence, during which the files were seized.

“We have seized a total of 82 files from Andhale’s residence, which pertain to various matters of the revenue and other government departments. We will be examining the content of these files to know more about the kind of activities that Andhale was involved in,” said Additional Commissioner of Police Vishwas Nangre Patil, ACB, Mumbai.

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Nangre Patil added that the presence of the government files in Andhale’s house as well as his obvious affluence indicates that he has been working as an ‘agent’ or a ‘fixer’, and this aspect is currently being verified.

“At 23 years of age, Andhale has two iPhones, an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 6, as well as a Verna car, with no known source of income. We are conducting further inquiries against him,” he said.

gautam.mengle@expressindia.com